Officials gave an older woman in Colorado two misdemeanor charges after a deer she raised gored her neighbor last week.
Tynette Housley, a 73-year-old Black Forest resident, told Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers that she took a baby deer from the wild and had been raising it in her house for over a year.
The woman received two misdemeanor charges for illegal possession of wildlife and illegally feeding wildlife with fines totaling $1,098.50. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife also gave Housley a warning for possessing live wildlife without a license after telling officers how she kept the deer inside her home.
“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,” said Frank McGee, CPW’s area wildlife manager for the Pikes Peak region, in a statement. “Injured and orphaned wildlife should be taken to licensed wildlife rehabilitators.”
Deer Attacks Neighbor
The buck attacked the neighbor on Friday morning while she was out walking her dog. The neighbor said it was odd that the deer was following her. It then suddenly attacked her by knocking her down and “trashing her with its antlers.”
The buck attacked the woman for several minutes before she got away by hiding between two cars in her garage.
“Repeatedly, the deer knocked her down and gored her,” said the wildlife officials. “The deer even continued to attack as she frantically opened her garage door.”
Officials found the deer at the scene with “fresh blood covering its antlers” as it “aggressively” approached the officers.
The neighbor was hospitalized overnight with serious cuts on her head, cheek, and legs, as well as some bruising.
The buck was euthanized by officials and taken to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife animal health lab to test for rabies and other diseases.
“We can’t say it enough: Wild animals are not pets,” warned McGee.
[H/T Fox News]