Deer kills man, injures woman near Wangaratta in north-east Victoria

Deer kills man, injures woman near Wangaratta in north-east Victoria

Paramedics were called to the property at about 8.30am but could not save Mr McDonald, who died at the scene.

"Deer are much less likely to attack anyone than they are to run away from them", he said.

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

McDonald's wife, Mandi, rushed into the enclosure and was herself attacked.

A local ambulance officer nearby was first on the scene.

"This distressing incident is an unfortunate but powerful warning to everyone why it is unsafe to approach stags during the autumn rutting season, and at any time in fact", said Bill Swan, assistant park manager, Bushy Park at the time.

The family has lived at the property for between 10 to 12 years.

ABC reported the stag had been kept at the property near the town of Wangaratta, 200km northeast of Melbourne, for six years.

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Autumn is mating, or rutting, season for many species of deer, and is a particularly unsafe time to be around the wild animals.

Police shot the deer before a paramedic treated the couple.

"They are a wild animal and a wild animal that loses its fear of humans is a really unsafe thing".

The number of deer - and their spread - is rapidly increasing in Victoria, including near cities.

Victoria's deer population is primarily made up of four species: sambar, fallow, red and hog deer.

He added that Australia's deer farming industry, where valuable velvet is extracted from antlers, has "declined greatly over the last 20 to 30 years".

A red deer stag waits to be fed by tourists in Glen Coe, Scotland on December 1, 2017.

Mr McDonald, 47, was feeding the deer in its enclosure when the animal lunged at him, his brother told 9News.

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