Woman Attacked By Mule Deer Doe
A mule deer doe injuries an 85-year-old woman.
Is it just me or is there more animal attacks? Bear, moose, and now deer have reportedly "attacked" persons in Colorado in the last couple of weeks. Perhaps 24-7 news coverage and social media is making us more aware such happenings but ever think that there's something more sinister going on here? Maybe the animals have enough of our intrusion into their habitat and seeking revenge?
Whatever the cause, another animal attack took place Wednesday evening. The elderly woman was walking her dog inside the city limits of Craig when she was attacked by a doe. The incident took place that afternoon around 4 PM. It appears the woman was seriously injured.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife officers believe the woman and her dog surprised the deer. The doe had a pair of fawns with her and that's what triggered "...an unusually aggressive response" by the deer. CP&W say deer attacks are rare, but they can happen. Like most mothers, a doe can be more aggressive and protective while rearing their young.
Later that evening wildlife officials did locate the doe and her fawns. Unfortunately, the doe had to be put down. "In accordance with agency policy and due to the doe's extremely aggressive behavior, CPW will put the animal down to protect public safety. The fawns will be taken to a local rehabilitation facility. The doe's carcass will be taken to CPW's Wildlife Health Lab for a full necropsy," Colorado Parks & Wildlife said in a press release.