The victim said she thought the deer wanted to snuggle
A young buck that was likely raised by humans gored and seriously injured a Colorado woman last Friday.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the woman was walking her dog on a path near her home when the deer attacked and gored her with its antlers.
“The attack comes after CPW wildlife officers received tips that a neighbor of the victim was feeding the 1 1/2-year-old buck — and even raised it after it was orphaned — in violation of state law,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in a news release.
The release stated that CPW had been investigating the tips, but officers had been unable to verify the claims, or catch the neighbor in the act of feeding the deer, before last week’s attack.
When the deer approached her, the woman thought it “simply wanted to be snuggled,” but when she extended her hand, it gored her abdomen with its antlers.
“When she realized she was under attack, the victim said she dropped her dog, grabbed the deer’s antlers and she and the animal fell to the ground,” CPW stated in the release. “It gored her until she was able to regain her feet.”
The woman, who received serious lacerations on her head, left cheek and legs, was taken to a Colorado Springs hospital for treatment. She is expected to fully recover.
CPW euthanized the deer, which was found near the victim’s home with blood on its antlers.
In the news release, Frank McGee, area wildlife manager for the Pikes Peak region, explains why feeding deer is illegal in Colorado.
“They become habituated to people, lose their fear and become aggressive and dangerous," McGee said. "This buck showed no fear of the woman and her dog.”
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