MNR reminds dog owners to prevent pets from chasing deer
MUSKOKA – The Ministry of Natural Resources reminds dog owners that it is illegal and dangerous to allow dogs to run loose and chase deer during the non-hunting season.
They say it’s very difficult for deer to run in deep snow or on ice. A deer chased by a dog can be injured, become exhausted or die.
They offer the following tips:
PREVENT DOGS FROM CHASING DEER
Dog owners are urged to keep their dogs leashed or in enclosures to ensure the safety of both dogs and deer.
Under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, it is illegal to let a dog run at large in an area inhabited by deer, moose, elk or bear during the closed season.
Under this legislation, the ministry’s conservation officers may charge dog owners and are authorized to destroy dogs found chasing deer if they cannot be called off the pursuit.
The public can report incidents of dogs chasing deer to their local ministry office during regular business hours, or by calling 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free anytime.
They add that to report a natural resource violation call 1-877-TIPS (847-7667) toll free anytime or contact your local Ministry office during regular business hours.
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