occurred just before noon today at the intersection of Mallard Court and Morgan’s Point Road. An adult male was walking in the area when a deer, described as a young buck with one spike missing, began to follow him. He was subsequently attacked and forced to fight the animal off.
The victim sustained significant soft tissue injuries to both legs and one arm. MPR Police and Fire responded to the call with three EMTs and a Paramedic. The care team was able to control bleeding and stabilise the victim until Temple EMS could arrive.
Attacks by bucks are rare, but bucks may become aggressive in "rut" season - October through December. If you do see a deer, observe it from a distance, preferably from inside a structure or vehicle. An attack may be imminent if the deer's ears are cupped forward, its head held high and its stare turned in the direction of a possible target. Its body will be stiff and unrelaxed. Sometimes the tail may be raised. Other times the white rump and tail hairs will simply be flared.
The victim was transported from the scene in stable condition. The assailing buck was gone upon arrival of our public safety departments. Please be on high alert for this animal if you live nearby. Never approach an animal that is wounded, near its offspring or may feel cornered. Contact 911 if you suspect an animal of any type requires medical assistance or poses a threat to humans.