Video: Dog Versus Deer In Richmond Park - Benton!

By M@ Last edited 78 months ago
Video: Dog Versus Deer In Richmond Park - Benton!

Is it wrong to snigger at someone for losing control of his dog? Probably, and sorry about that. But there's something almost comedic in the timing of this guy's curses. Benton! Benton!

Sadly, that spot of schadenfreude belies a potentially serious issue. Dogs often rise to their instincts and chase deer in Richmond Park, with potentially grim consequences. According to this article, around six deer a year are killed by canine gnashers. While lead restrictions are in place at likely spots throughout the park, it would be unreasonable to force owners to keep their pets tethered at all times. Yet the deer are free to roam into unexpected areas, and often hide in long grass. Then again, so many deer are culled each year that some might think it's hardly an issue if a fraction are felled by Fido. What to do?

EDIT: The guys at The Poke have already put together a spoof version.

Last Updated 22 November 2011

Matthew Rees

Keep dogs out of the park. And out of Petersham Meadows.


People who can't control dogs shouldn't be allowed to own one. Dogs worry sheep and cattle. Farmers areĀ authorisedĀ to shoot dogs who are worrying livestock and yes, dogs do get shot.

All dogs in Public places should be muzzled and on a short lead. I do not like dogs because a small number are owned by irresponsible, selfish, stupid, ignorant and often deeply unpleasant people who cannot train or exercise control over their dogs. I've been chased a number of times on my bicycle. It seems only a matter of time before I end-up being attacked.

Those long leads are a hazard, they're virtually invisible in low light. As II found the other night on the Thames tow-path. dog owner one side dog barely visible the other. I only just avoided cycling over the lead.

After all, long leads are just a convenient way of emptying one's dog. One can walk-on while the dog defecates and not have to clear it up. Then someone treads in it - utterly disgusting.