Deer kills man, injures woman near Wangaratta in north-east Victoria

Deer kills man, injures woman near Wangaratta in north-east Victoria

A man was killed and his wife critically injured on Wednesday when they were attacked by their pet deer on a rural Australian property, police said.

Ambulance Victoria said she had suffered upper body and leg injuries.

The commotion was also heard by a nearby ambulance officer beginning his shift, who rushed to the property to help. "They stop doing everything except for finding a female partner and become extremely aggressive", Howlett said.

The couple's son and daughter have travelled to Melbourne to be with their mother in hospital.

Last year, it was estimated that Victoria was home to more than one million feral deer, prompting Victorian National Parks Association spokesperson Philip Ingamells to tell The Age "deer are just giant hoofed cane toads... and they're poised to take over the nation".

He said the deer was a cross between a Red Deer and an Elk, known as a Wapiti.

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A deer which was kept at the property.

"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.

The 46-year-old man entered the stag's enclosure in the morning at Moyhu in Victoria state, Police Sergeant Paul Pursell said.

Police euthanised the deer because of concerns for the paramedic's safety on scene.

A recent study into the number of deaths caused by animals in Australia from 2000 to 2013 recorded no fatal deer attacks, according to its author.

Police will prepare a report for the coroner.

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