Published: Wed, April 17, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Pet deer in Australia kills man, injures his wife

Pet deer in Australia kills man, injures his wife

A man is dead and a woman is in a serious condition after being attacked by an animal in Moyhu, south of Wangaratta, this morning.

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

Australian Deer Association's Barry Howlett warned that male deers grew aggressive and territorial during mating season, which was around this time of year.

The woman suffered life-threatening injuries after going to her husband's aid, local media said.

She also works at a local cafe and had recently penned columns for the local paper, the Wangaratta Chronicle.

"At some point in time while he was inside the enclosure, he was attacked by the deer", Victoria Police Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Purcell Paul Purcell said.

Police officers shot and killed the stag at the scene due to "concerns for the paramedic's safety on scene".

According to police the Waipiti deer - a cross between a red deer and an elk - had been a pet of the family for about 2 years.

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

Mr Howlett added since the deer was being kept as a pet it possibly lost its fear of humans.

Describing Mr McDonald, she said: "He's a bit of a character, you could have a good laugh with him, a bit of fun".

But feral populations have since expanded across the country with increasing calls for greater controls in many areas where they are considered a pest.

Deer were introduced to Australia in the 19th century.

Like this: