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Deer attacks prompt warning to Kenora residents

A new four-legged threat in Kenora, Ont., is prompting natural resources officials to warn residents against making contact with aggressive deer.

Ontario natural resources officials telling people to avoid contact with does

This doe may look cute and calm with her fawn, but there are at least two reports from northwestern Ontario of female deer charging at people in Kenora, Ont., in over a week. (iStock)

A new four-legged threat in Kenora, Ont., is prompting natural resources officials to warn residents against making contact with aggressive deer.

Officials are warning people in the northwestern Ontario city to avoid contact with deer at this time, especially does with young fawns.

There have been at least two recent reports of deer charging at people in Kenora, including one incident that bruised two women last week.

The other attack stunned Rachelle Langlois, who was reading on her back patio on Monday when she saw a doe several metres away.

"Within seconds, like, this deer makes eye contact with me and she flies at me. I've never seen anything run so fast," Langlois told CBC News on Thursday.

"I didn't even really get a chance to, like, get up and run. So I kind of did like this barrel roll underneath my patio table."

Langlois said while she escaped injury, she hid under the table for upwards of 10 minutes as the snorting doe stomped around the patio.

"I'm huddled underneath this table and the deer is running around the table stomping and, like, flailing her hooves, being all sorts of scary," she said.

"When she left I stood up and I went inside and I kind of stood there stunned. I was like, 'Really? Did I just get attacked by a deer?'"

Langlois said the incident was scary, and she now feels jumpy when going out for walks.