WARNING: this is disturbing stuff.
A newborn fawn creates a dangerous situation when mom gets protective. Starts cute, ends scary.
The dog, Star, got away limping after 23 seconds (I filmed the dog's owner, whom I could hear but not see with my eye on the camera... that's why I ended up cutting)—since posting here we have been able to contact the lady. HER DOG IS OKAY, but traumatized.
River, my deer-whispering cat, is fine—we'll see if he learned his lesson.
We did call animal control afterwards, there was "nothing they could do" to prevent further trouble.
Yes, my being there filming contributed to the problem, stressing the doe. And yes, I feel bad about it.
For anyone who's never seen a deer in their garden, it was all too easy to predict, but if you live in Cranbrook you have deer in your garden 100 days a year, nothing bad ever happens, so you forget it's unnatural.
That's why we shared this video. Since then, we've heard quite a few similar stories from all over BC. The thing is: until you actually see how fast a wild animal can become aggressive, you don't really pay attention.
Another fact you may find interesting: after seeing this, an animal control officer told us he felt sure that the doe still had another fawn to deliver, which explains her agitation.
Further explanations: "On youtube fascism"
Related video you may want to see, for context:
July 14, this local article just came out, apparently the leash is a bad idea: