Deer attack: Man dead, woman fighting for life

Lamar Ellis
April 17, 2019

A pet deer has attacked and killed a man and seriously injured his wife in Victoria's north-east.

Mr McDonald's wife, Mandi, 45, and their son rushed to provide assistance when they heard a noises.

She suffered life-threatening injuries, and was immediately flown to hospital.

Police said they then shot and killed the deer at the scene near Wangaratta, a city roughly 250 kilometres from Melbourne.

Victoria Police Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Pursell said the son went to seek help, during which time Mandi entered the enclosure and was also attacked.

The deer had been in the family for six years.

Last year, a young girl was gored in the thigh by a stag at a park in London after her family strayed too close to take photographs.

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"Deer sightings and reports of public safety risk are becoming more common", the report said.

As many as a million wild deer are thought to be living in Victoria, according to a 2017 state government report.

Australian Deer Association's Barry Howlett told the Herald Sun it's now mating season for deer and many will become aggressive and territorial.

"This distressing incident is an unfortunate but powerful warning to everyone why it is unsafe to approach stags during the autumn rutting season, and at any time in fact", said Bill Swan, assistant park manager, Bushy Park at the time.

Stags grow sharp antlers and, filled with testosterone, aggressively fight with each other and other animals, including cows.

Voss said deer usually run away when humans approach, but this deer "had nowhere to run so he just attacked instead".

A warning has been issued after a man was killed by a deer in Victoria.

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