Pet deer kills man in Australia in rare attack

Clay Curtis
April 17, 2019

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.

His son Ethan, 17, and wife, Mandi, 45, heard the commotion and went outside.

Paul McDonald was killed by his deer in Moyhu, near Wangaratta.

"Deer are much less likely to attack anyone than they are to run away from them", he said.

The woman has been airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries to her upper body and leg.

Local media said that the injured woman was helped from the deer's pen by her teenage son.

Police said it was believed the couple had been attacked by a pet deer on their property.

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A study into Australian deaths caused by animals undertaken by the University of Melbourne's Dr Ronelle Welton showed no fatal deer attacks between 2000 to 2013.

Autumn is mating, or rutting, season for many species of deer, and is a particularly unsafe time to be around the wild animals.

The deer was killed by police officers.

'They are a wild animal and a wild animal that loses its fear of humans is a really risky thing, ' he told Herald Sun.

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

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

The Australian Deer Association said it was rare for deer to attack people. The Parks Department has proposed funding a bigger hunt to control the growing number of feral deer throughout Victoria.

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