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Deer killed in Home Park

Sunday 5th April 2020

Deer killed in Home Park

Photo courtesy of Friends of Bushy and Home Parks

The HWA was saddened to hear this week of the deaths of two deer in Home Park, apparently caused by recent thoughtless behaviour of Park users.

The Coronavirus lockdown has led to many people looking for places to take exercise and it’s great that Home Park can provide such a facility. However, it is a wild deer park, and dog-owners are required to maintain control over their dogs at all times. We believe that dogs should be kept on leads, and that owners must be diligent about clearing up after their animals in consideration of other Park users as well as wildlife.

Imagine if you were on a safari in another country’s wildlife park and you saw day trippers allowing their dogs to harass the local anlmals!

Comments sent to the HWA over the past few days include:

“I was out in Home Park before 8am this morning and it was already busy … Whilst most people and their dogs were well behaved, there were a few dog owners behaving irresponsibly and allowing their dogs to run freely and chase the deer…. Let’s hope that inconsiderate behaviour of a few doesn’t ruin it for the rest of us.”

“It was alarming – an Irish Wolfhound and Pointer chasing deer at incredible speed. Scary, as completely out of control. At this rate I can see them closing off Home Park as we get into the birthing season.”

“Home Park is seeing many more people than normal with dogs being exercised on the green of the golf course (often poo not being collected). Dog poo and litter is really harmful for the wildlife.”

Let’s hope that everyone can learn to behave with consideration and that these difficult times can continue to be lightened – for everyone – by the opportunity to take exercise in the deer parks.