Read the main headline of this ad from a gadget catalog that showed up in my mailbox a couple days ago. I was totally unaware that deer are predators. And I have a BS and an MS in Biology!
Maybe it's a man-made climate change phenomenon?
Most animals fit fairly cleanly into the categories of herbivore (plant eater) or carnivore (meat eater). I do realize that many animals swing both ways; i.e., are omnivores, meaning they eat whatever they can, be it plants or meat.
But deer are NOT predators--they are as herbivorous as an animal can be!
Back to the ad--deer certainly can be nighttime pests, but not by virtue of being predators.
However, let's err on the side of caution and take the ad at face value: better be careful out there in the backcountry. Never know when you might jump a vicious predatory deer that has YOU in his sights for dinner!