Deer killed after causing minor injuries to five-year-old boy

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Deer killed after attacking boy
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A deer was killed after striking a boy in the shoulder with his hoof, causing minor injuries. As reported KKTV News, the five-year-old boy was playing in his Colorado Springs yard when the deer became aggressive.

Frank McGee, CPW area wildlife manager, explained to the news agency that the deer showed no fear of humans:

It showed no fear of the boy and his father. And when our officers responded to the scene, it approached within a few feet of them. This tells me the deer was very comfortable around people. Dangerously comfortable. It viewed humans as a source of food.”

The family stated that the deer frequently visited their yard, often resting beneath a trampoline in the yard. On the day of the attack, the boy got off of the trampoline and went to retrieve a ball when the deer approached and struck him in the shoulder with his hoof. The boy was not seriously injured, but the deer’s lack of fear prompted wildlife officials to “euthanize” him.

Wildlife officials warn of the danger of feeding deer – if the animals become to reliant and/or comfortable around humans, unfortunate encounters such as the one with the child can occur. Humans can be injured and deer subsequently put down because of the lack of fear.

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3 COMMENTS

    • I agree. Send the deer to a remote park where there are few humans……

      Killing should only be a “last resort” after absolutely everything else has been tried and failed……

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