(Neb)-Deer Attacks, Severely Injures Woman In Her Backyard
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - This is the final weekend of Nebraska's 9-day firearm deer season with hunting ending at dusk Sunday and all harvested deer having to be taken to a check station by the end of the day Monday.
While deer are generally afraid of humans, Nebraska Game and Parks says a woman near the south-central town of Guide Rock was attacked and severely injured by a deer this week. Her name and condition have not been released.
The woman said she was doing chores outside when the attack occurred. She was discovered some time later and taken to a hospital about 130 miles away in Lincoln.
A conservation officer later shot and killed the mule deer buck suspected in the attack. The officer said the buck showed no fear of him and tested negative for rabies.
Gane and Parks Wildlife Administrator Alicia Hardin called "a tragic encounter" that's being fully investigated since deer attacks on people are extremely rare.
Possible causes include disease, domestication, injury, protection of young, and the rutting or mating season when bucks become more aggressive.
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