Australia deer attack kills man and injures woman, police say

Australia deer attack kills man and injures woman, police say

Australia deer attack kills man and injures woman, police say

Paul McDonald, 47, was feeding the deer at his property in Moyhu, near Wangaratta, on Wednesday morning when the animal attacked, his brother told Nine News.

Mr McDonald's wife, Mandi, 45, and their son rushed to provide assistance when they heard a noises.

The couple were named as Mandi and Paul McDonald.

"They will be very aggressive and territorial", Mr Howlett said.

She suffered life-threatening injuries, and was immediately flown to hospital.

Local media said that the injured woman was helped from the deer's pen by her teenage son.

"The man died at the scene", police said in a statement.

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"Moyhu is a small community ... the people who are involved in the incident are well known to them, so what we're looking at putting in place are some opportunities for counselling for community members", Acting Senior Sergeant Pursell said.

A study into Australian deaths caused by animals undertaken by the University of Melbourne's Dr Ronelle Welton showed no fatal deer attacks between 2000 to 2013.

He added that it's not unheard of for a deer to fatally attack humans in a domesticated scenario, adding: "Deers stop eating, they shed a huge percentage of their body weight".

Deer are not native to Australia and there are now large numbers of feral deer in parts of the country.

"Deer sightings and reports of public safety risk are becoming more common", the report said.

About 100,000 are shot every year in a hunting trade worth about A$140 million (NZ149.5 million) to the state.

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