A Colorado woman walking her dog was attacked by a deer that had been raised in her neighbor’s home, wildlife officials say.
The Oct. 16 attack began on a path in Black Forest, a semi-rural residential community northeast of Colorado Springs.
Said the report from Colorado Parks & Wildlife: “The victim described … being surprised to notice the deer following her and then shocked when it attacked, knocking her down and thrashing her with its antlers.”
The woman tried to flee, first to a neighbor’s house and then to her own, but the deer chased her, repeatedly knocking her down and goring her.
“The deer even continued to attack as she frantically opened her garage door,” the report said. “It relented only when she ran between two cars in her garage.”
The animal was described as a young buck with two-pronged antlers.
The victim suffered severe cuts to her head and legs and was taken to a hospital, where she was kept overnight.
A wildlife officer who arrived to investigate the attack was approached by a deer that had fresh blood on its antlers. The animal was killed and the body taken to an agency laboratory to test for diseases.
A neighbor of the victim told the investigating officer that she had raised the deer for more than a year, since it was a young fawn, initially keeping it inside her house.
Tynette Housley, 73, was cited for misdemeanor wildlife violations, with fines of about $1,100.
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