Mule Deer Attack

October 4, 2011 by staff 

Mule Deer AttackMule Deer Attack, A local man and woman is recovering from a deer attack near Preston. According to a press release issued by the Idaho Fish and Game, Sue Panter was walking near her home in Whitney Friday morning when he saw two deer cross her path about 100 meters.

The ball at first walked parallel to Whitney, but then began to close the distance. Panter started screaming and even threw gravel to deter attack. But Panter deer hit the ground and began to wipe her body with his horns

Panter tried to play dead, but the blood continued to buck her legs. Feeling he had to fight Panter grabbed the antlers of deer and fought to keep the deer’s head is far from her own head.

Around that time, Michael Vaughan and his 17-year-old daughter Alexis driving down the road when Alexis saw the attack. She jumped from the van and started hitting the deer. Michael joined the fray and grabbed the deer by the horns. Freed from the attacks, Panter got into the van.

The deer had turned her attention to Michael. At the insistence of her father, Alexis took a hammer from the car and started hitting the deer. Finally, the deer took a step back and ran.

Michael Vaughan and Sue Panter were treated for puncture wounds, scratches and bruises on Preston and released the same day.

Sue’s husband, Scott Panter, said his wife is still trying to get to understand what happened.

“She has a hard time even talking about it,” said Panter. “We’re all in shock and I can not believe this happened.”

Panter said: “I am very grateful for Vaughan. I do not know how I’ll pay.”

Michael Vaughan said he was glad that he and his daughter were in the right place at the right time. “If it had appeared in [Panter] when we did, could have been much worse. I do not think I would have.”

Blake Phillips, Regional Director of Conservation of Fish and Game Southeast Region, said that no one knows for sure why this mule deer buck attacked Panter, however such behavior is typical of deer that have been hand-reared or “tamed” by the people.

Fish and Game is asking anyone who may have information about this deer in particular, including all information about its origins or its current location, please contact Fish and Game. Korey Owens, Senior Director of Conservation of Fish and Game in Preston, can be reached at 208-251-1923.

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