Pet deer kills man and injures wife in rural Australia

Pet deer kills man and injures wife in rural Australia

A pet deer has gored a man to death and seriously injured his wife in a rare attack in Australia, police say.

Paul McDonald, 47, had gone out to feed the animal on the property at Moyhu, south of Wangaratta, when the deer attacked him about 8:20am. Both suffered critical injuries and the man died a short time later.

Ambulance Victoria said the woman was treated for upper body and leg injuries and was flown to the Alfred hospital in a serious condition.

The deer has been euthanised.

Police said it's believed a man and woman were attacked by a deer on their property.

"They change their behaviour significantly during the mating season", he explained.

"I know the family are very traumatised about what has happened", Purcell said.

"An animal that would be otherwise docile for 10 months in the year, is an animal you really don't want to be around for two months", said Barry Howlett from the Australian Deer Association.

A deer which was kept at the property.

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

Study author Dr Ronelle Welton told the BBC that she was not aware of any deer attacks featuring in Australian coroner's records. "It's beyond words how they've been affected by this incident today", he said. The Parks Department has proposed funding a bigger hunt to control the growing number of feral deer throughout Victoria.

Victoria's deer population is primarily made up of four species: sambar, fallow, red and hog deer.

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