Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Pet Deer Kills Man And Leaves Woman With Life-Threatening Injuries

Pet Deer Kills Man And Leaves Woman With Life-Threatening Injuries

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

The wife received life-threatening and remains in a critical condition at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.

His wife, Mandi McDonald, was then attacked when she tried to help her husband.

"The man died at the scene", police said in a statement. "We had the Moyhu general store for 12-and-a-half years", she said.

Moyhu is a small, close-knit community and the town has been rallying around the family, who also had sheep on their small property.

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

Deer are regarded as a pest in Australia, where they have taken over much of the natural areas in Victoria state, with a population of around 1 million, rising by around 200,000 a year, according to government estimates.

"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.

"It's a very, very short sharp season where they get aggressive and fight with each other", said David Voss from Australian Deer Association, a hunters' lobby group. With higher testosterone levels, they can be more aggressive.

"It's not an everyday occurrence, but it's not unheard of for deer to kill people in that situation", he said.

He said the deer was a cross between a Red Deer and an Elk, known as a Wapiti.

Deer are not native to Australia and there are now large numbers of feral deer in parts of the country. Sambar, fallow, red and hog deer are all found in Victoria.

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