A Scott County couple is in the hospital after being gored by a deer on their Princeton farm yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon. Sheriff’s Major Mike Brown tells the man and woman had been feeding the 2-year-old buck on their property for some time.
He says the elderly man went out to feed it and the deer attacked him. His wife went out to help the man and the deer turned on her. The animal’s described as a two-year-old 8-point buck that weighed 150 to 180 pounds.
Brown says nothing prompted the attack by the animal they’d been feeding for a couple of years. For some reason on that day he says “it just went back to its wild way of living, and it turned on the owners.” The animal apparently had not been confined on their rural property, but had been coming around since it was a fawn and the people had been feeding it.
Brown points out there’s a law that you can’t keep wild animals like this on your property or in your possession. “Wild animals are wild animals, and they possibly will turn on you.” Major Brown says 80-year old Lawrence Carter and his 74-year old wife Beatrice suffered severe injuries. They were in serious condition last (Wednesday) night. Authorities say the deer has been destroyed.