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Reports of two wild dogs, three dead deer

Saturday, March 22, 2014   by: Darren Taylor

This photo was sent to us by loyal reader Peter Gagnon Saturday.

The photo was taken this past week by Margaret DeCourcy of Southern Ontario, while visiting relatives in Sault Ste. Marie, who then forwarded it to Gagnon.

The photo shows two well-cared-for dogs, one with a collar, and they certainly do not look hungry.

Regardless, residents of Alagash Drive and Pointe Aux Pins Drive claim the dogs have gone wild and killed three deer in the area.

Sault Ste. Marie Police confirmed to us Saturday that after receiving a call from an area resident early Friday afternoon, a Sault Police officer had to shoot a wounded deer in the Alagash Drive area after what appeared to be a dog attack.

City of Sault Ste. Marie Public Works officials took the carcass away.

Police told us a Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society officer was on scene investigating and is aware of the situation.

The Sault Ste. Marie Humane Society was not available for comment Saturday.

An area resident told “Everybody out here is getting quite nervous about going out for a walk.”

It is not known who or where the owner of the dogs may be, or if he/she has since been able to locate the dogs and bring them in.

We will have more details as they become available.


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walleyejed 3/22/2014 10:10:49 PM Report

Call a Conservation Officer, they will find out who owns the dogs and owners will be charged. Dogs have to be kept tied up at all times. Deer have it hard enough getting through this winter without having to worry about dogs. Does are also carrying fawns right now. The dogs don't know better they are born that way, but the owner(s) are responsible!
missmya 3/22/2014 10:13:22 PM Report

This is highly unlikely. Maybe it was wolves that killed the deers and the dogs came upon the carcasses. Those dogs are domesticated and don't look too wild to me.
amylynn 3/22/2014 10:18:12 PM Report

I agree with miss above. Domestic dogs dont know how to take down deer. But I am sad that they are running free. Not good.
arizonagryphon3 3/22/2014 10:24:26 PM Report

We live in the same general vicinity and I personally have seen what seemed to be the same wolf a couple of times and coyotes as well. I would agree that the chances are that the two pictured came upon the injured/dead deer.
stampbugie 3/22/2014 10:25:46 PM Report

These two dogs were witnessed taking down the deer on Alagash and ripping it apart.
friendlyone24 3/22/2014 10:25:54 PM Report

Dogs appear to be in a wooded area, not on the road. I believe they should be leashed at times, or in a large pen...but in the bush they should be allowed off leash....just like any other animal there.
Redneck Girl 3/22/2014 10:34:06 PM Report

This kind of exaggerated story is what happens when rich city people decide to develop the rural areas.
Koolaid 3/22/2014 10:40:50 PM Report

AS if !!
Ski-Dude 3/22/2014 10:41:13 PM Report

Oh, oh....gramma got ahold of the webernet again! Put the keyboard down gammy! I love this city! (and the people who live out "that" way)
Auntiej 3/22/2014 10:45:43 PM Report

I go out to the airport twice a month and have crossed paths with a wolf! They are big ones too.
walleyejed 3/22/2014 11:10:24 PM Report

Dogs friendly or not can kill a deer, I've seen it happen right in front of me and there was no snow. Add 4 feet of snow and a dog can easily tire out a deer and kill it. Sometimes they think they're playing with the deer chasing it around which leads to exhaustion and kills the deer. Sounds like someone saw the dogs in action, just like I did and it happens more often than you think!!!
walleyejed 3/22/2014 11:16:16 PM Report

Oh I forgot to mention that the two dogs I saw a few years back that took down a deer were also domesticated and wearing beautiful collars.Like I said not the dogs fault its in their blood.
Hound Lover 3/22/2014 11:16:38 PM Report

I don't live in the area, but I do work there every second day. I came across these two dogs several weeks ago. They were in the middle of the road. I am a big animal lover and rescue volunteer. I pulled over and opened my door thinking they were lost (one was wearing a collar) but they were very apprehensive and timid. They ended up chasing after my car up the highway. If these were abandoned dogs, I truly feel for them. I'm hoping they have learned to live in the wilderness like their ancestors. Maybe the deer carcass should have been left for them to eat :(
missmya 3/22/2014 11:20:21 PM Report

Don't you think that if they killed a deer that they would covered in blood!?!
Maleficent 3/22/2014 11:25:49 PM Report

Agreed missmya, agreed. They don't look dirty or malnourished, least of all bloody.
We all should be cautious of any wild or domestic animal, enough said.
R0FL0L 3/22/2014 11:33:52 PM Report

Little Red Riding Hood and the big bad Wolf. So easy to get people back to the old witch hunting times
iamtc 3/22/2014 11:52:47 PM Report

Oh deer this is funny.
Dictionary 3/22/2014 11:56:31 PM Report

Koolaid 3/23/2014 12:01:11 AM Report

who cares about the stupid deer, there are probably a thousand of them that way anyways, wtf
dadal 3/23/2014 1:11:25 AM Report

Typical to always blame the wolves. Domestic dogs kill for sport, not hunger. Those two probably injured or kill the deer but never eat it, leaving wolves or coyotes to feed on the carcass. It's down to the leash laws and how so many ignore them. Too lazy to snap a leash on the dogs, just open the door then go back to watching tv. Go to Fort Creek and watch how many pull in, open the door to let their dogs run free while they sit and smoke or play on their phones. I hope the shelter gets the dogs and fine the owners. Or the Conservation Authority-providing you can actually get them to come out-go and shoot the dogs. Once a dog kills for sport there is no correcting the behavior.
mikej 3/23/2014 1:16:22 AM Report

the dogs wouldn't be covered in blood they lick it off too destroy the evidence
tosimple 3/23/2014 8:07:53 AM Report

There are people in this general area who have live stock... Some one going to end up shooting the dogs.....
fraplens575 3/23/2014 8:30:46 AM Report

Get your heads outta your backsides people. I have seen these dogs and so have others that work at the airport. To say that there is no way that dogs are capable of killing is just plain ignorant. They have been on the prowl all winter, they travel from gros cap to the point and back quite regularly. Just because that particular picture does not show them covered in blood, doesn't mean they haven't been. I personally know a witness that has seen these dogs take down a deer and act very aggressive when approached.
thegarbage 3/23/2014 8:39:49 AM Report

Who cares? Not me.
Big Deal 3/23/2014 8:42:27 AM Report

A wolf or a coyote would NEVER leave a wounded deer. I live up north and there were 2 DOMESTICATED dogs who packed up and were killing livestock and deer in the area. Being it was a small town, everyone knew who the dog owners were. I'm sorry to say, but domesticated dogs can pack up and once they do, they DEFINITELY kill for SPORT and nothing more. The owners of the dogs were notified and one of the owners agreed the dogs had to be put down and the other owner disagreed. Both dogs were shot by a resident which up north if someone's dog is on your property, not even doing anything wrong, you can legally shoot it.
blackspruce 3/23/2014 8:47:14 AM Report

dog hair is just like wolf hair in the cold blood freezes and falls off. On the trapline with my dad our dogs often got into a fresh carcass but their fur always stayed clean. The difference between domesticated dogs and wolves at this time of the year is wolves are hunters that kill for food dogs are sport hunters that kill for the thrill and because they can. Much like many humans that kill just for the sport. Hopefully the owners of these beautiful dogs realize now what their dogs are up to and now there will be people watching for them with a gun in hand.
cooper2006 3/23/2014 8:55:55 AM Report

Well said black spruce...

This is a problem people, but don't worry Conservation Officers will dispatch the dogs shortly....

First people on here say leave wildlife alone, now you are saying the opposite! For you city folk, this does happen and once it does it is a problem. Unfortunately the dogs need to be leashed or shot now...
Lleoy 3/23/2014 8:58:02 AM Report

The second deer was exhausted and stuck in deep snow in a ditch, the dogs were chewing at his neck, the police had to shoot the deer. The dogs are finished now, they have tasted blood. Kids are not safe, because of irresponsible owners the dogs must be destroyed.
bill-m 3/23/2014 9:39:43 AM Report

If you look closly at the photos you will see the teeth of boath dogs . Thay boath have pure white fahgs and teeth, whitch means there well cared for anamals. lots of milke bones and stuff.To run down 3 DEAR ! or any other anamals is ubsurd .Lest we forget that there is foxes and cyodies.And at least 2 linkes running around our town and the CEO`s of the ministery of natural resorces, Don`t want to do nothing , Nothing ,Nothing. lets just keep loosing our cats and dogs and the ones in the pics will get it sooner or later by the wild ones. Don`t blame the dogs there lost not WILD !As For the dear it`s call The culling of the heard happins in wild life every day.
sandpiper 3/23/2014 10:15:05 AM Report

I would like to know who owns these dogs? They looked cared for. Is this a situation where the dogs are put out for the day while the owners are at work? If it is this could endanger others dogs and owners as well as the wildlife and leave wounded animals to suffer. I hope they either catch these dogs or the owners!!!
Redneck Girl 3/23/2014 10:37:22 AM Report

Looking at some of these comments, if you kill for sport you should be shot, guess that should apply to humans too??
Redneck Girl 3/23/2014 10:43:47 AM Report

Looking at some of these comments, if you kill for sport you should be shot, guess that should apply to humans too??
Redneck Girl 3/23/2014 10:44:15 AM Report

Looking at some of these comments, if you kill for sport you should be shot, guess that should apply to humans too??
LillyGirl 3/23/2014 10:55:50 AM Report

I have to strongly disagree with the statement that "domestic dogs don't know how to or wont take a deer down"
I have seen it myself in the past and from more then one dog. Outside city limits. Pet who were the sweetest dogs, but they see a deer and they try to get it. Mind you the dogs i have seen do this were German Sheppard's that did this.
asp 3/23/2014 11:21:12 AM Report

I can see that happening!! Some people might use the dogs while they hunt. They could teach the dog to assit, so when the dogs see a deer in the area it will kill it. The dogs won't have blood all over themselve because they know the right place to grab and kill. These dogs could be perfectly friendly dogs to humans.
marc62 3/23/2014 11:40:05 AM Report

We live on a farm, bottom line your dog crosses into my livestock for any reason after I have warned you its a dead dog, I personally have witnessed dogs chase deer and run them to death, I have witnessed dogs chase cows, sheep horses doing considerable harm. Solution is simple shoot the dog go after the owner for damages and fines. Sad thou the dog suffers
kamen 3/23/2014 11:42:44 AM Report

So while everyone is complaining about these dogs and these deer that they possibly took down, has anyone been looking for any owners or even checking records of lost pets? I don't care if they are taking down the deer, it is instinct, if they don't eat the deer and leave it there, the wolves and coyotes can have a meal...I think we need to find out where the dogs come from, and why they are even out there hurting the deer in the first place.
Bad Dawg 3/23/2014 11:45:40 AM Report

any dog has the ability to run down a deer. there is no special training involved either. My Border Collie which has never been in the bush hunting with me, saw his first deer and ran after it. If I was not there to coax him back he would have gotten her.

The dogs curiosity killed the deer nothing more nothing less. Teach your kids to respect the wild animals in your area and no one will get hurt by them. STAY AWAY!!
Lever-Lover 3/23/2014 11:55:49 AM Report

Shoot the dogs...simple like half the looser above
SimsDrum 3/23/2014 12:33:00 PM Report

Please people! Spell check! It's FREE!
dadal 3/23/2014 12:43:57 PM Report

Awww no spell check. Makes the comments even more comical. Surprised no one said they were pure bread dogs. Love seeing that in the pet classified section.
blackspruce 3/23/2014 12:44:11 PM Report

Bill m really? learn to spell. The MNR you are asking them to do their job? It is up to them to shoot those dogs. Unfortunately for the dogs their owner is a person that should not own pets. Because they do not keep their dogs under control they have now put theirs and many other dogs endanger of being shot. The lynx and fox I am sure are in town cleaning up on the abundance of rodents and garbage that we have in this city.
SimsDrum 3/23/2014 1:59:37 PM Report

Funny as hell dadal! And you are right about the spellcheck!
iamtc 3/23/2014 2:35:57 PM Report

My dog ate my homework!
Old Man Winter 3/23/2014 3:00:15 PM Report

Wow, one of them look like a HIBRID a mix with wolf.Anyone notice?
guestwho 3/23/2014 4:12:57 PM Report

I thought they were not allowed to shoot animals,only dispatch of them!!
Gater 3/23/2014 4:26:56 PM Report

Once they get the pack mentality and start to kill .there is no stopping them. And yes kids are at danger also. Its sad they where let run by there owner(s)..
Peter Rivet 3/23/2014 4:37:07 PM Report

I was the person who reported this incident. I personally witnessed the two dogs ripping apart the deer. I was four feet away from the live animal while the dogs were tearing at the deer. About the same time I arrived two other people came along. All three of us screamed and waved our arms to chase away the dogs. They were very aggressive dogs and yes, they were covered in blood. I called the police and watched one of the officers kill the wounded deer. Shortly after that two people were walking down Alaglash told me that they saw the two dogs chasing down another deer. I also saw another dead deer just around the corner on Pineshore Road in someone's driveway. Since I witnessed these dogs take down the full grown deer, I want to caution people while walking in this area. I believe since these dogs have a taste of blood, that they are out to kill for fun.
cooper2006 3/23/2014 4:44:00 PM Report

Thanks Peter;

Nice to hear from someone who knows what they hell they are talking about.
irishfey 3/23/2014 5:10:25 PM Report

Koolaid.. re " who cares about the deer"" You really are a special kind of STUPID arn"t you!!!
Lleoy 3/23/2014 5:15:50 PM Report

Peter is exactly right in his story, I was also there and second the exact same situation. The humane society will only talk to the owners as I was told when I called. Therefore the dogs will disappear.
GoulaisMa*Pa 3/23/2014 5:38:02 PM Report

Dogs chase wildlife. If you own a dog, and you don't know that, you may be naive but that still makes you an irresponsible menace if you do not stay away from wildlife with your pets. I am sure it would not occur to most people to question that their pets would chase a squirrel, or a chipmunk. Same thing, different scale.
anon8 3/23/2014 6:07:20 PM Report

To add to this husband was returning to our home on Alagash Drive 2 weeks ago when he had to stop his vehicle for a deer that was running for his life from this same German Shepherd. The dog was alone and unrelenting in his chase.
bubba2006 3/23/2014 6:11:08 PM Report

This story is particularly disturbing to me because I have 2 young kids who play in the area when we visit Grandma.
sidekick 3/23/2014 8:10:52 PM Report

Maybe the Lynx will get those
stmarysriver 3/23/2014 11:09:47 PM Report

I see a movie in the makings. "Call of The Wild part 2" - starring the "2 Cujos".
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