This is not exactly your Disney princess story with gentle woodland creatures. One 77-year-old Colorado woman was walking in her house when a deer followed and attacked her.
Sure, the animals may look cute and cuddly, but this woman had the bruises to prove you wrong.
On Tuesday, a Woodland Park, Colorado, woman was going about her day while bringing groceries inside her home, when she had an unwelcome visitor. After propping open a door to make the process easier, a large doe followed her inside. The woman reported that the deer made itself at home and began eating food in her kitchen.
Can you say rude? I bet it didn’t even wipe off its hooves when it walked in.
The 77-year-old woman tried to scare it out by throwing items at the deer’s feet, however, the animal was unphased. Although, when she briefly turned around, the deer reared up and attacked the poor woman.
She fought back and was able to get the deer out of the house, but when she went to move the prop that was holding open the door, the deer charged back in. The woman armed herself with a mop and forced the deer out of the house once again.
Investigation into the Deer Attack
The woman told officials that the deer wouldn’t be gone for long. In the morning, it would return for breakfast, which was fed to it by the neighbors, which is why the animal was not afraid of humans.
When officials returned in the morning, the deer was indeed there for its meal. After the woman was able to identify her attacker, the CPW officer humanely euthanized it. The body was sent to a lab for an autopsy.
The woman suffered scratches, cuts, and bruises along her back from the deer.
“This is another dangerous example of what happens when people feed wildlife,” said Cody Wigner, CPW assistant area wildlife manager for the Pikes Peak region. “They become habituated to people, lose their fear and become aggressive and dangerous.”
There were two deer attacks in the Pikes Peak Region in 2020 and one in 2017. Wigner said all the attacks could have been much worse.
“We had a woman in Black Forest attacked in November and a young boy attacked in Colorado Springs in June. And we had a 72-year-old woman attacked and seriously injured in Black Forest in 2017. All three of them, and this lady in Woodland Park, are lucky the results weren’t much worse,” Wigner said.
According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, an investigation has been launched in relation to the incident, saying it is illegal to feed wildlife.
[H/T KOAA News 5]