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WOODLAND PARK, Colorado (KDVR) – A 77-year-old woman was attacked in her home by a deer on Tuesday, officials from Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.
CPW said it believed the deer were being fed illegally by the woman’s neighbors.
“This is another dangerous example of what happens when people feed wildlife,” said Cody Wigner, CPW deputy wildlife director for the Pikes Peak area. “They get used to people, lose their fear and become aggressive and dangerous.”
CPW said the woman was bringing groceries from her car on Tuesday when a mature doe followed her through her open door and surprised her inside her home.
The woman, who turned to come face to face with the big deer, said he started eating food in his kitchen as she tried to bring him outside, according to CPW.
The woman said she threw things at the deer to scare it, but it did not back away. When she momentarily turned, the deer reared up and began to beat her back with its hooves.
The woman suffered multiple scratches, cuts and bruises, CPW said.
The woman was able to stand and finally pushed the deer back towards the door. However, as she removed the prop that held the door open, the deer ran inside the house. The woman then grabbed a mop and used it to push the deer outside and closed the door, CPW said.
When a CPW agent arrived, the woman told him that the deer would return in the morning because his neighbors are feeding him, which is a violation of state law. CPW is investigating.
“This is why it is illegal to feed deer and why we urge people to make them uncomfortable in neighborhoods,” Wigner said. “The problem is far more serious than the crumbling landscaping or even the car wrecks that deer cause on our roads on a daily basis. “
When a CPW officer returned to the woman’s home on Wednesday, the deer was in her yard. The woman identified him by his marks and the officer euthanized him.
“This deer showed no fear of women and was comfortable enough to enter his house. And when our officer intervened on the scene, she approached a few feet away, ”Wigner said. “It tells me that the deer was way too comfortable with people. Dangerously comfortable. He viewed humans as a source of food.
CPW said human conflict with wildlife is increasing throughout Colorado. There were two deer attacks in the Pikes Peak area in 2020 and another in 2017.
“We had a woman in the Black Forest attacked in November and a young boy attacked in Colorado Springs in June. And we had a 72-year-old woman attacked and seriously injured in the Black Forest in 2017, ”Wigner said. “The three of us, and this lady from Woodland Park, are lucky the results weren’t much worse. “
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