What will likely be a fond lifelong memory for a Herriman family could have easily turned out quite differently.
A YouTube video titled "Dasher Came to Visit!" posted on Christmas Eve shows two, and eventually three, young children playing with and petting a doe mule deer in their front yard.
"This encounter ended well, but it could have easily gone a different direction and the children were in harm's way," said Anis Aoude, big-game coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR). "This is not typical deer behavior, and this deer is likely conditioned to being around humans. Wildlife are unpredictable in their behavior, and we do not recommend that people approach or pet them."