Be a Deer and Get Out

See how Canada’s parks department tackles the problem of invasive deer with a single border collie. You don’t mess around with Jill!

Comments

  1. edmundh says:

    “Get off my lawn!!”

  2. When I was there 15 years ago there were hundreds of tame deer and they were getting pets and eating of of tourists hands. Grizzlies were eating them in town as well.

  3. silentk says:

    Love the doggie-cam at the end. Border collies are so smart, I always love seeing sheep-herding demonstrations.

  4. dubyah1 says:

    Would love to hear that narrated by Randall, the honey-badger dude, ‘Watch them sproing — eww, what’s that? Mule deer just say, thanks for the dandelions, stoopid. Border collie don’t care.’

  5. rescue gal says:

    This made me so sad- the urban sprawl is taking away the animals natural habitat and ability to survive in nature. :( Certainly not cute, but very educational.

  6. Were the Grizzlies eating the deer or the tourists?

  7. I wish I could have a Jill to politely herd the deer out of my garden and up the hillside where I live. Yesterday there was a deer on my garage roof (I live in a wooded spot, on the hillside, so this isn’t quite as weird as it sounds, but almost as weird). I wonder if Jill’s herding talents could be used with woodchucks? maybe I need a border collie.

  8. right there with ya sister

  9. cellarmouse says:

    thanks nomtom…don’t know if it’s disney or pixar, but no one got hurt and it had a happy ending…really!…it’s bad enuf the entire human species is gone obese…we got to keep the wildlife simple & green to save them from our fate…

  10. Back, said Jill
    Go up the hill
    Or I’ll fetch a park ranger!

  11. Mary (the first) says:

    Part of me understands the need to safely herd the deer out of town and part of me wants to go live in a town where deer roam free through my yard!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Sprawl is sad….but that isn’t what’s going on there. There really is no sprawl in Waterton or around it for that matter. It’s a national park. Like the vid said, it’s just a nice predator free place to eat dandelions and bring the fawns.

  13. Dang, and I was raised by a grammar enforcer, too! The grizzlies were eating deer. There were only about 50 year-round residents (mostly Parks Canada employees) when I was there, so deer greatly outnumbered humans in low-season.

  14. ceejoe says:

    What she said.

  15. Dandelionstooth says:

    Urban sprawl isn’t the only reason for a situation like this. Deer entering towns can also be due to local overpopulation problems from a lack of predators. That said, I think using dogs like Jill is a great option for controlling animal populations. I’ve also seen a dog trained to scare away Canadian geese because of an overpopulation problem within a town.

  16. Diane in Los Angeles says:

    Happy happy dog with a great job and great job security!

  17. You guys have no idea how awesome it is to see this! Waterton was my back-yard as a kid!

    They are also the first park (so far as I know) that employed Carolingian Bear Dogs to scare away bears from populated areas. These bears would otherwise have been killed or at least trapped.

    No one who has spent any time in Waterton hasn’t been chased by a deer or worse, an elk. ;) It is still one of the best places on earth. People know about Banff but Waterton is still unspoiled by golfers. (not that I’m bitter)

  18. It is a great town. It is only tough when the dear/elk/moose are rutting or if there are babies and people have no idea. Most locals know how to handle it but it does get to be a problem. Tourists always make it worse by wanting to be closer to wildlife.

    I know what you are saying though. It is pretty awesome to be sitting on the main street and see a huge bull elk just wander-by, calm as can be. Some of the best moments of my life were spent in situations exactly like that.

    Really, it’s the humans that ruin it.

  19. Thankfully, development in this park is pretty heavily controlled. This really is a case of a small community where wildlife are safe and they have been for a long time (hence why they are so comfortable in down-town). True Suburban sprawl is way worse. Human neighborhoods can spring up almost overnight, by ecological standards. :) And then humans freak out when the “nature” they claim to have moved there to appreciate encroaches on their manicured lawns.

    Just know that this is a much better situation than that. At least here, people care about what happens to the animals and the overall ecological integrity of the region is the priority. It is not the case with sprawl outside of National Parks.

    Waterton is amazing and I hope it continues to offer a refuge for a variety of species. :D

  20. True! :) It is a small community. There is some need to keep people (especially dumb people) and wildlife apart. It is a tourist location and it does educate people about the overall need for habitat preservation.

    This is one of those situation where balance is not easy but SO needed. /le sigh.

  21. Deer on your roof!? You sure it wasn’t Santa sending out scouts for this Christmas? ;P

  22. they are such an amazing breed! I love watching them work. It’s always inspiring. :)

  23. Kristen S. says:

    She works hard for the money.

  24. Since I live in a neighborhood with a growing number of urban deer please allow me to correct you: Deer eat your gardens and leave large droppings in your yard. This is much less cute than bounding hoofers.

  25. CathyDee says:

    Not to mention the increased risk of Lyme disease–that’s no fun at all.

    But the deer certainly are pretty.

  26. CathyDee says:

    Away to me, Fly . . uh, Jill.

  27. Exactly. This is one of those unique situations that arises in protected areas. Dogs like this are a great and more Natural solution to some very real problems. :)

  28. Yep! Some people who have never studied actual wildlife conservation or any of the ecological sciences don’t understand that deer can be the biggest enemies of conservation.

    It is our fault that most of the predators are barely functioning in any ecological area. When that happens… at times, herbivores (often deer, for some reason) are the most destructive force you can imagine. Talk to anyone who has worked on plant-preservation in NA. Endangered plants tend to be very nommy… for some reason.

    Millions of deer starve to death every winter because of over-population. Being chased by a loyal doggie is VERY mild by comparison.

    I’m sorry guys. I’m not trying to be a downer on a cute video. I want to build up why it is such a GREAT video. XD This dog is doing good work on behalf of wildlife. :)

  29. /chuckle. That image is awesome. ;D

  30. ROFL! ;-D WIN!

  31. mi@gmail.com says:
  32. dgerish says:

    If I lived in this town, I’d be glued to the window watching Jill work.

  33. dgerish says:

    That’ll do, Jill.

  34. And electric fences don’t help, as my Grandpa found out. They jump right over the fence. They are wonderful to watch, though, and while he was alive, Grandpa had a big tub of water out for them every day of the year. They could do whatever they liked with the rest of the farm yard, it was just the garden he got annoyed about.

  35. victoreia says:

    Anybody else read “Don’t mess around with Jill” and hear Jim Croce’s “don’t mess around Jim” in their head?

    Just me, then? Oh well…. *wanders off, humming*

  36. Deer can be a real problem, not just for gardens but for conservation. Sadly, there is no real control on their population anymore. No one’s gardens are as important as the endangered plants that continue to be decimated by deer.

    This is why, as an animal-over- I actually support responsible deer hunters. In the absence of natural predators, hunting is actually kinder.

  37. I live in a town where the deer are EVERYWHERE. We are a small town and completely surrounded by old growth boreal forests so the deer have natural habitat abound they just prefer the safety of town. The wolves and bears are more timid around humans so they don’t bother the silly ungulates as they eat peoples lawns and gardens. However that being said I wish people wouldn’t encourage them by feeding them. No matter how cute that little fawn is, they are wild animals and you are encouraging dangerous behavior. Deer are not innocent and defenseless by any means. I have seen adult deer kill large dogs and even seriously injure a bear and not to mention the thousand of people that die every year in driving accidents caused by deer running across the roads. Wildlife needs to remain wild.

  38. And that would be WAY more entertaining than 99% of what is on TV right now. ;)

  39. You are very right. People have no idea how dangerous these animals can be. Moose kill more people every year than any carnivore! This is reality. We need to respect all wild animals, no matter if they are cute or not!

    Just try to understand where various creatures fit the “Big Picture,” and it’s part of what makes them awesome. :D

  40. I would argue that it would be way better than 99.99% of what is on TV right now. :D You are wise.

  41. kodalai says:

    It looked at the end there like there were TWO doggies in bright orange jackets — perhaps there is more than just Jill working hard to keep the deer away? :D

  42. SelphieB says:

    I too saw two doggies….
    Also , just want to add – SPROING!!

  43. Mamabear says:

    Could you feel for Jill having to deal with the hoomin and her whistle? She’s bookin’ it around and doing her job like a boss while hoomin stands there…blowing a whistle, like she’s in control?

    “Lady! I got it handled! Know exactly what I’m doing. If you think you can do it better, how’s about you have at it?! Keep on with that annoying whistle and I’ll herd ya into the lake, woman.”

    I understand that it’s a problem, but as a CO’er, it’s hard to watch this and not want to move here. Real bad like!

  44. Borders Collies just love having a job. And what a great job it is!

  45. CathyDee says:

    Yay! Another “Babe” fan!

  46. Tom Petty’s “Don’t come around here no more,” springs to mind.

  47. CathyDee says:

    Nope–here, too!

  48. yep – don’t pull the mask off the ol’ lone ranger and ya don’t mess around with Jill!

  49. sleekityin says:

    It’d be nice to think that the other doggy is called Jack. :)

  50. kallisto73 says:

    Contrary to what you said: it does sound weird. How did get onto the roof and off again? Is it a flat roof? I imagine any deer would just roll off of my roof. I’m mystified.

  51. I don’t think I ever have the intense focus Jill does, even when I’m doing something I like. Those eyes…she is awesome.

  52. Monica says:

    Amazing!! Great job that dog is doing.

  53. Saffron says:

    I am guessing SyFy already did a movie of that…only it was a grizzly from space. :D

  54. Fird Birfle says:

    heh heh

    not about the stories of deer, which are dear.

    However JUST the bit “raised by a grammar enforcer”

    is bringing to my mind’s eye the Monty Python bit “NObody expects the Spanish Inquisition”/ monks in robes, etc etc.
    :)

  55. yolanda says:

    I wonder if Stephen Harper has laid her off yet.

  56. Ellen W. says:

    Given the Border Collies I’ve known this isn’t even a full-time job for Jill, more like a hobby. The only way I’d have a border collie is if I turned into a long distance runner who owned a vineyard. They never run out of energy!

  57. Emmberrann says:

    Psst! Heather!! That’s Karelian Bear Dogs, not Carolingian. Karelia, as in Scandinavia

  58. omg. what a smart & amazing dog! you go, jill.

  59. Fird Birfle says:

    Signed,
    Jim Croce, RIP

  60. Psychethos says:

    I’d imagine the roof is at or almost at ground level on the back side. Like sort of built into a hill. So it doesn’t sound that weird to me (although it must be odd to realize there is a deer on your roof in any case). And I’d imagine that the roof was flat or not very steep, but I think that deer are pretty good on an incline.

  61. Psychethos says:

    Just to be super nitpick-y, Karelian bear dogs are Finnish, so not Scandinavian. Finland is a Nordic country but not a part of Scandinavia (which consists of Denmark, Norway and Sweden). Anyway, sorry I am being annoying.

  62. januaryfarmer says:

    Those Canadians tell a great story! Really enjoyed it!

  63. hksginger says:

    It seems to me that it is the hunters who have killed one of the deers natural predators – the wolf! Leave the wolfies alone and Jill, although fabulous at what she does, would be out of a job and the endangered plants would be safer too.

  64. Marianne says:

    Yeah, I was confuzzled also. At first I thought, “whoa, Charlemagne started a dog breed and it’s still in existence?!? Cool, I want one!” So I did some research and found there is no such thing. But those Karelians are gorgeous, remind me a little of Huskies, Malamutes, etc.. And for music nerds, there is the delightful “Karelia Suite” by Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. La, la, la.

  65. LOL! Thanks for that. I tried to do a search to get the right spelling. I’m not sure why this one stuck. XD DERP!

    I should know better, I really do love the breed. Thanks for the correction.

  66. You are right hksginger. I wish it were different. In the meantime we live in this broken world so I’m glad we have Jill to help out. :)

  67. LOL! Not nit-picky or annoying at all! Knowledge is always cool in my books. :)

  68. hehehe

  69. Go Jill! She is awesome! But the vid need more colliecam :)

  70. Shannon says:

    I used to work at a large city park that had a couple of golf courses. They used a border collie to deter the deer (and the Canada Geese). This is such a more humane and safe method of deer control than culling or poisoning. It gives a dog a job, doesn’t kill the deer or damage the environment. This is a GOOD thing, for all involved.

  71. Killing off wolves was a long time ago. Current efforts are to bring wolves back. At least in a few national parks in the northern USA. And hunting *is* a method of population control for deer. At least it is in the Midwest. Don’t know about other places.

  72. Am I the only one to be utterly slain by the adorable logo of the Parks Department? IT’S A BEAVER WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL YOU PEOPLE EEEEEEEE

  73. Can Jill politely herd undesirable people out of my house? Good girl!!

  74. Heheheh… “herd you into the lake.”

  75. true

    but there’s nothing quite so expanding of the mental faculties as coming from the city and being face-to-face with wildlife that’s wandering through the houses, especially such apparently non-threatening wildlife as bambi and her moms

    there ought to be a place where that’s the point

  76. I think it’s the other way around – the plants are very nommy, so they become endangered. The yucky plants, nobody wants!

  77. LOL LAdies… you do realise that deer can easily jump six feet high with no problem at all as in clear taht six foot tall fence ina single bound. so a roof is not that hard of a leep for them and the steepness forget aobut it they climb all over teh mountains and most roofs like most mountains are at the angle of repose!

  78. Da*n kids!

  79. JustcallmeJJ says:

    Nice video but every time there was a pause in the narration my mind filled it in with;

    “Were sunscreen”

    Yeah, I have no idea how my mind works

    Also have fun with the ear worm >:P

  80. Fave moment: Jill at 1:30 min. Very catlike actually!

  81. zarazilla says:

    Don’t you mean ‘sproings’ to mind?

    A ha ha ha. Ha ha.

    *goes to hide in a corner*

  82. Oceanview says:

    I had a Mondegreen moment and heard “spawning season”, which of course was fawning season.

  83. Oceanview says:

    I hear “Hit the road, Jack”, or maybe it should be Buck.

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