Dog Owners Must Prevent Pets From Chasing Deer

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MNR Media Release

Ontario Ministry Of Natural Rescources Reminds Owners to Prevent Dogs from Chasing Deer

 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.


  • 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.


 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 the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time


To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at

1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.

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