Every year deer that are taken in as pets end up posing a threat to people. It does not matter if how tame you think they are they are still wild, and can cause serious damage when they decide to attack. That is why game agencies take it extremely seriously.
Too bad some people do not take these things seriously. Now there is an injured Colorado woman and another one who is facing charges for the attack.
According to Fox News, 73-year-old Tynette Housley of Black Forest, Colorado is facing misdemeanors charges after admitted to taking in the deer that attacked her neighbor.
The neighbor, who was unnamed in the report, was walking back to her home when she was surprised by the deer. She said that it followed her and then attacked.
The attack lasted for five minutes where she was gored by the deer’s antlers as well as knocked down and stomped on. She suffered serious cuts to her head, cheek, and legs. She was also bruised and hospitalized overnight.
A Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer responded to the incident and found the deer with fresh blood on its antlers and acting aggressively. He was able to dispatch the deer with no further incident.
Housley however now faces two misdemeanor charges of legal possession of wildlife and illegally feeding wildlife. They carry with them fines and surcharges totaling $1,098.50.
“We can’t say it enough: Wild animals are not pets,” said Frank McGee, CPW’s area wildlife manager for the Pikes Peak region.
Feeding deer habituates them to humans. They lose their fear of humans and that leads to these outcomes that are tragic for both wildlife and people,” McGee said in a statement. “Injured and orphaned wildlife should be taken to licensed wildlife rehabilitators.”
This is not the first deer attack this year. This spring in Alabama a whitetail doe, Who was the “Neighborhood Pet” was killed by wildlife officers after it attacked a woman checking her mail. This incident blew up online when people from the neighborhood got angry with her being put down. They were even calling for animal cruelty charges to be filed against the officer.