I had an incident this morning in a wood where it is clearly signed that deer management is in operation and it also clearly states that any visiting dogs must be kept on leads. Imagine my surprise to see a young Fallow Doe charging through the wood with a very large German Shepherd dog snapping at its heels! The crashing through the wood continued and I have no idea of the outcome. The owner could be heard calling for the dog in the far distance.
This got me thinking......
Could the dog be shot if it either chased or caught the deer, or does that only apply to domestic livestock and not wild animals?
Would the same apply to park deer or deer in an enclosed area? Any thoughts from the legal boffins?