Woman attacked by captive deer recovering

2012-12-12T19:10:00Z Woman attacked by captive deer recoveringBy PERRY BACKUS - Ravalli Republic Ravalli Republic
December 12, 2012 7:10 pm  • 

FLORENCE – A Florence area woman who was attacked by a captive deer Tuesday is recovering in a Missoula hospital following surgery.

Ravalli County Undersheriff Perry Johnson said the reports he has received suggest the 84-year-old woman was doing better Wednesday.

A ranch hand found the woman following the attack in a barn at the residence and called for help Tuesday morning.

The woman suffered severe injuries from the attack that could have lasted for as long as an hour, Johnson said.

“That’s the window of time that she was unaccounted for,” he said. “She was found with articles of clothing ripped and torn. I was told it looked like a significant battlefield. It was a scary deal.”

The woman’s name has not been released.

The estimated 5-year-old whitetail buck deer was killed and its carcass taken to the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks wildlife laboratory in Bozeman.

FWP wardens had talked with the landowners several years ago following reports that they were keeping a captive deer. After being told the deer was free to come and go as it pleased, the matter was dropped.

FWP officials said a decision hasn’t been made at this point if there will be a citation given the landowner.

Wildlife officials said buck deer can be aggressive at this time year.

Reach reporter Perry Backus at 363-3300 or pbackus@ravallirepublic.com.

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  1. GeneWil
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    GeneWil - December 14, 2012 8:06 pm
    We can all thank Walt Disney for incidents like this. He is the guy who successfully taught people that animals have human characteristics. Cute, cuddly Bambi and the hunter stomping through the woods, whose appearance was accompanied by ominous music, was probably the most effective piece of propaganda ever inflicted on mankind.
  2. Mike Miller
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    Mike Miller - December 13, 2012 12:13 pm
    I have no sympathy for this person. It was made clear to her in the past this was wrong. Stupid is as stupid does. Ticket her for violating the law and causing the needless death of wildlife.
  3. nanny1
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    nanny1 - December 12, 2012 11:03 pm
    My heart goes out to the injured party. i truly hope she recovers. A buck is going to be aggressive, they are a wild animal. Deer are not meant to be held captive, whether they "willingly" come and go or not.
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