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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Deer Attacks Man in Draper, Utah Backyard

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2/8/2016 - DRAPER — A mule deer attacked a Draper man in his backyard Monday, causing "significant wounds," to the man, as well as injuries to the family dog.
The attack, which occurred around 8 a.m. in the SunCrest subdivision in the southeast area of the city, resulted in officers "putting the deer down" after subduing the animal in a struggle, according to a statement issued by the city of Draper.
The injured man's daughter called police to say the deer had hurt the family dog and "was engaged" with her father, city officials said.
"When Animal Services supervisor Dennis Wilson arrived on scene, he found the man lying on the ground with the deer pushing its antlers down into him," the release states. "Officer Wilson grabbed the deer and pulled the antlers away from the man. The man was able to get up and walk back to the house."
Wilson struggled with the deer and gained control, taking the animal to the ground, according to police. Two patrol officers responded to the scene as backup. Police eventually shot and killed the deer, according to city spokeswoman Maridene Alexander.
"If not for the actions of officer Wilson, there could have been far more serious injuries," she said in the statement.
The man's injuries were considered significant, but not life-threatening. His dog suffered a puncture wound.
Draper officials called the ordeal "a very isolated" incident. "It is very rare for a deer to attack a person," the statement said.
Police believe it's likely the deer was trapped in the yard after jumping a fence to get in. The deer was also injured while trying to get out of the yard and may have been startled by the dog, which could have contributed to the animal's behavior.
Draper residents who encounter deer or other wild animals on their property are asked to call the city's animal control officers at 801-840-4***.


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