MT: Don’t Let Pets Chase Wildlife
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks would like to remind pet
owners to secure their animals – especially in areas where wildlife
might be present. Dogs in particular can cause serious injury or
kill animals much larger than themselves. The stress of a chase
alone can eventually lead to the death of an animal.
At this time of year, deer and elk are often found in large groups
close to urban areas. This makes it more likely that these animals
might come into contact with domestic pets. Dogs will instinctually
be curious and, if left unchecked, run after groups of deer and
Each year, FWP receives reports of wildlife being killed by pets.
Of course, pets can also be injured or killed while attempting to
take down an animal big or small. Therefore, it is best to keep
pets close and keep dogs leashed.