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.
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