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6/5/2018 12:44:00 PM
Resident recounts scary Sisters deer encounter
By Jim Cornelius
News Editor

Folks in Sisters delight in the sight of deer in town, crossing in a crosswalk or lounging on a green lawn. But those cute critters can be highly aggressive - especially a doe protecting a new fawn - and downright terrifying.

Ask Amy Abramson.

Last Friday at about 10:45 a.m., the proprietor of Blue Burro Imports on Elm Street was walking with her dog before work in the woods where Pine Street and Forest Road 100 meet at the north end of town. She and her Corgi/Aussie mix Mango walk there maybe four or five times a week. On this day, they were confronted by a doe.

"A mama deer was in probably, I don't know, about 10 feet of us," Abramson recalled. "The mama deer squared off with Mango and pretty much just chased her in circles."

The doe hit Mango at least three times, tumbling the small dog along the ground and trampling her. Amy lost sight of the dog in the sagebrush.

"All of a sudden, everything stopped and then the mama deer came after me," she said.

For 15 minutes, the deer relentlessly came at Abramson, who became disoriented and couldn't pinpoint where she'd parked her car.

"I was throwing rocks and sticks - anything I could grab I was throwing at her, and yelling at her," she recalled.

Amy caught sight of her car.

"I bee-lined it for my car and she chased me to my car," she said.

For another 20 minutes, the deer stalked the area.

"I couldn't go back into the woods to see if Mango was OK," she said.

It turned out that Mango had taken off and headed to Amy's shop. A neighboring businessperson called to tell her that Mango was at Blue Burro, and was, somehow, unhurt.

Once she knew that Mango wasn't hurt or killed, Abramson was able to drive off and head to work.

Abramson couldn't definitively explain the deer's extremely aggressive behavior, but she believes there might have been a fawn bedded down in the area - though she did not see one.

She wanted to let people know about the experience, because many people walk in areas that deer frequent in Sisters. Female deer have sharp hooves that can do a lot of damage.

"I was terrified," she said. "I was worried about my dog and I was worried about myself - I was worried about my safety and not getting hurt. She wouldn't leave me alone."

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Article comment by: Alex Stevens

Newspaper site. Get the facts right. It was early following Sat. morning for us. Mango a fab pooch name.

Posted: Sunday, June 10, 2018
Article comment by: Alex Stevens

She came after me and my Weimaraner earlier that Friday in the same location. Very aggressive and mostly focused on my pooch as the threat. She rushed 5 or 6 times. I was able to yell her off as we moved toward Pine. Hadnít seen her the previous week. She does seem to be bedding in the area but not hanging with the other deer that I often see on the north side of the hotel.

Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018
Article comment by: Michelle Ehr

Dear Amy, I am sorry to hear that this happened to you and that both you and your dog are safe. It could have been SO MUCH worse. At my previous home up in Squaw Creek Canyon, a golden retriever was stomped to death by a doe. Deer have pointy little feet which are not so little when they are stabbing you. The golden retriever died. The deer, for all their cuteness, are not your friends, nor your pets. They are not predictable. They are still wild animals. And they do NOT like your dogs.

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