Instances of deer attacks seem to be spreading across Whidbey Island.
Several more people reported incidents involving overly aggressive deer after the Whidbey News-Times ran a story this week of a doe killing a small dog and charging a half dozen people in a neighborhood near Langley.
Early this week, a doe stomped a cat to death on Pennington Hill in Coupeville. Resident Andrew Evrard said his friend was working in her front garden when she heard her cat “screaming” in the backyard. She ran to find out what was happening and saw the deer — which had a fawn in the brush — attacking the kitty; the cat later had to be euthanized, he said.
Evrard said it was pretty shocking.
“I have never — and my 30-year hunting partners have never — heard of a deer killing pets,” he said.
A deer also attacked a beagle and scared a dachshund in Coupeville last week. The pups were unhurt.
A woman in the Holmes Harbor area of South Whidbey said in an email that her small dog was “nearly stomped to death” by a deer that jumped out of shrubbery in her front yard two weeks ago.
Fortunately, visiting relatives came to the rescue.
“This deer did not respond to yells to move and it took two men throwing rocks to get it do so,” Jean Gervais wrote.
She cautiously took the dog out for a walk a few days later, but the aggressive deer reappeared. Gervais yelled and retreated, but it took a neighbor throwing rocks to drive the deer away.
A third time, Gervais was backing her car when she saw the deer standing in the driveway, staring at her. An air horn only caused it to come towards her. Again, a neighbor drove it away with rocks.
She said the deer also attempted to attack a neighbor’s dog and cat.
An enforcement officer from the state Department and Fish and Wildlife responded to her reports and searched the area, Gervais said, but could find no doe with a fawn.
Gervais is convinced it wasn’t a case of a doe protecting a fawn, which is the most common circumstance when a deer becomes aggressive.
“I fear it is a matter of time before someone is hurt,” she said.
In an unrelated incident, a woman on Beaver Creek Lane in Clinton reported firing a gun at a puma in her backyard.