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An order has been issued by the Cattaraugus County Legislature for residents immediately to confine all dogs until April 1 due to recent attacks on deer.

The action was requested by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, according to Legislature Chairman Gerard Fitzpatrick, R-Ellicottville.

Several recent incidents of domestic dogs attacking and chasing deer have been reported. The deep snow conditions allow the dogs to run on top of the snow while the deer are unable to do so.

Once the ban is lifted April 1, local leash and confinement laws relating to dogs will again be in effect.

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