A Colorado woman’s pet deer was put down by wildlife officials after the animal attacked a woman who was walking her dog. According to a news release from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife department, the deer attacked the woman as she was walking her dog in a wooded area near her Black Forest home.
The young buck’s owner, 73-year-old Tynette Housley, was cited with two misdemeanors and fined nearly $1100.00. Housley had raised the deer from when he was a day old and he had been with her for about a year, reports CBS News.
The news release recounts the attack on the woman:
From her hospital bed, the victim described to CPW being surprised to notice the deer following her and then shocked when it attacked, knocking her down and thrashing her with its antlers.
The terrifying attack went on several minutes as the victim tried to run to a neighbor’s house and then to her own home. Repeatedly the deer knocked her down and gored her. The deer even continued to attack as she frantically opened her garage door. It relented only when she ran between two cars in her garage.
The woman had to be hospitalized overnight for multiple lacerations resulting from the attack. A wildlife officer who responded to the area was approached by the deer; the officer euthanized the deer and took the body to a lab to be tested for possible diseases.
“We can’t say it enough: Wild animals are not pets,” said Frank McGee, CPW’s area wildlife manager for the Pikes Peak region. “Feeding deer habituates them to humans. They lose their fear of humans and that leads to these outcomes that are tragic for both wildlife and people. Injured and orphaned wildlife should be taken to licensed wildlife rehabilitators.”
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