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Pet deer kills owner and injures woman

Pet deer kills owner and injures woman

Police officers shot and killed the stag at the scene due to "concerns for the paramedic's safety on scene". Both suffered critical injuries and the man died a short time later.

"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", he told the news outlet.

Ambulance Victoria said Mrs McDonald was flown to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne in a serious condition where she is fighting for her life.

Paul and Mandi McDonald, 45, were at their Moyhu farm, about 260km from Melbourne, on Wednesday morning when the tragedy occurred.

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

Police say the family kept the deer as a pet on the Moyhu property.

He said it was not the first time he had heard of a deer killing a human during mating season.




"Moyhu is a small community ... the people who are involved in the incident are well known to them, so what we're looking at putting in place are some opportunities for counselling for community members", Acting Senior Sergeant Pursell said.

A man has been killed by a near on a property in Victoria.

Stags grow sharp antlers and, filled with testosterone, aggressively fight with each other and other animals, including cows.

"Deer stop eating, they shed a huge percentage of their body weight".

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

Deer are not native to Australia and there are now large numbers of feral deer in parts of the country.

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