These Deer Are So Scared They Run Through a Fence And Fall Over

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 1, 2024

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White-tailed Deer
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There are few things in life more beautiful than seeing animals in the wild running. There’s just something about watching their tremendous speed. The sounds of their hooves hitting the ground, the wind blowing through their fur, and their precision in leaping over objects without skipping a beat are unparalleled. However, the dangers of manmade objects often threaten animals’ way of life. Let’s see what happens to these deer when they run. 

Deer Racing Through Football Field

As the video starts, we are taken to a football stadium. Probably not where you’d expect to find a wild animal now, is it? This football field belongs to the home of the Raiders football team, likely a high school team. The person filming captures two white-tailed deer booking it through this field. Perhaps they were just trying to make a touchdown, but they were headed the wrong way, which they would soon find out.

Deer can run up to incredible speeds of 30 miles per hour. This is why these deer would undoubtedly be able to outrun any football player on this team. But, these deer seem to be scared of something. There’s no stopping and grazing on this luscious grass, they are just going full steam. Just up ahead we see a fence. And we assume they will jump the fence with ease. Deer can jump as high as seven feet or higher, according to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

But, for some reason, they try to duck down into what they thought was a part of the fence. The first deer bounces back as he slams into the fence at full speed. The second deer almost made it through, but its long neck got caught, and he started to panic and found his way back to safety. 

How Many White-Tailed Deer Are Left?

White-tailed deer

White-tailed deer can weigh over 600 pounds.

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White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) can be found living throughout Central America, North America, and South America. Their overall population stands at 35-36 million. And their population in the United States is at about 30 million.

While their population is at an all-time high, their decrease is due to predators such as wolves, mountain lions, bears, jaguars, and coyotes. But, perhaps one of their biggest predators is humans. And these hunts are not always that difficult for humans, as nature will often draw the white-tailed deer out.

According to a 2023 study on white-tailed deer harvesting, “Weather conditions, such as temperature and precipitation, likely influence white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) activity and hunter participation, both of which are major factors contributing to deer harvest.” 

And while the deer in the video above were not being hunted, they surely knew they were in manmade territory. And as naturally skittish creatures, they were trying to get to the safety of their forest just beyond that fence. 

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About the Author

Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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