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. She lived "semi-rural" and they let their lab roam (UGH). She regularly brought home deer legs and such.

Ok - it sounds like the hairdresser brought home deer legs. I don't think that was the case, but who knows?!?!? ;-D

Well, to each her own, but it was kind of mean to blame it on the dog!

"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
there was an article in last week's paper about a local pack of (IIRC four) dogs who brought down and killed an Angus bull.

Shane is a veteran bull stalker. He can't understand why I don't let him off lead. He could get us steaks, darn it!

-Andrea Stone
Saorsa Basenjis
I know of one case where a single dog killed a deer but it was an unusual situation.Yeah,it's the "single ... deer as opposed to actually bringing one down and killing it is also an entirely different distinction in my mind.

At the end, they said their dog was exhausted and rested
with the dead deer on a small ledge against the bank. After about 20 minutes, this dog swam back to ... with a dead deer, makes me think the deer must have been fairly small - a fawn or a yearling.

Gads that must have been a horrible thing to watch.
OTOH, I have no idea as to the maximum weight a
dog can tote while swimming.

Me either.
I doubt there's any way to accurately determine that. The average weight of a full grown mule or whitetail deer in Idaho was anywhere between 100#-150# but I can't remember if that's after or before field dressing.
Also in Idaho we had elk,significantly bigger with the bulls running around 700#-1500# but those things aren't likely to let a dog get away with harrassing them. They've been known to beat the crap out of pickup trucks protecting their cows from perceived threats. (That happened to a Game Warden one year when he went out to feed during a particularly harsh and deep snow winter.His truck was totaled.)

I used to like barbecue-flavored chips, but I have to stop liking them now because you're such a ***.