Trapped, panicked and unpredictable....
Ever been stalked by a deer? It's horribly disconcerting. What the hell gets into their heads sometimes that they go looking for trouble is beyond me, but we had one or two in the old acreage neighbourhood I lived in that would do just that. They'd come stand at your front door and challenge you if you tried to step out of the house. It was insane. Tons of beautiful empty land around, and they decide they want your yard.
Some of our deer have developed an ability to judge traffic. They are getting better than people at waiting to cross the highway. Trouble is they like the roses and tulips and apples. Never touch daffodils for some reason. The European tourists that come here think it is amazing wake up and have a few deer outside the window while the supreme commander wants them all in the freezer. Or at least out of her garden.
Because almost all moms step out of the room sometimes. For most people, the deck is an extension of their home, it's just another room. I used to put my kids on the deck to play all the time while I did dishes etc. The one was gated off, they couldn't go anywhere. On the other one that couldn't be gated off, they were young enough to be in 'exersaucers' (or the ring of isolation as my hippie friends refer to them). Millions of moms do it every day. It's rarely an issue. Deer hardly ever hunt children.
Did you read about the couple in England whose baby's face was eaten by a fox, in its own crib, in their house? Or the kids who get molested by pedophiles who break in through windows in the middle of the night? You shouldn't even leave them alone in their own rooms. Live in fear. Live in fear.
Yeah that's why I've always had a dog and locked doors. It's not living in fear it's common sense.
Oh, well read about what happens to kids thanks to their dogs in their own homes.
It is living in fear if you take every bad thing that can happen in a completely random outside chance, and let it rule your whole life. If you can't step inside to grab a glass of water, or do dishes while watching your child out the window, you're living in fear.