A 62-year-old man taking part in the hunting of deer near Paris, France was gored to death by a deer’s antlers early Tuesday morning. The incident occurred in the Compiegne forest located approximately 50 miles northeast of Paris.
According to the Local FR, the man, identified as Regis Levasseur, had been acting as a “beater” which is a person who helps the armed hunter corner the animal in a specific area. Levasseur was described as a person who loved to hunt. He “was charged and pierced by a deer which stabbed him with his antlers,” a police spokesman stated. The unarmed hunter died of internal bleeding before emergency services could arrive. Police said this type of death was “uncommon.”
“The antlers of the stag are like many knives piercing you, there is nothing you can do. This tragic accident reminds us that we do not play with a wild animal. There is an inherent risk with hunting,” said Guy Harlé, the president of the local hunters federation.
Just one week prior, animal advocates came out to protest in huge crowds after hunters used hounds to corner a terrified buck who had accidentally wandered near a home in a residential backyard. A hunter then shot the animal at close range. The hunting group involved in the incident had been banned for a month; the hunter who shot the deer had been receiving death threats. Hunters asserted the goring of Levasseur showed why it was necessary to corner and kill the buck because it could indeed hurt an area resident. Most people disagreed stating the animals are very timid and would have likely just fled back into the forest.
On social media, however the interpretation was very different as many people called what happened to Levasseur “karma.”
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