A Tennessee woman was seriously injured when a "humanized" white-tail deer attacked her while she was picking up her mail, wildlife officials said in a news release.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said it happened on Monday outside a business in Maryville.
The woman was picking up her mail outside U.S. Tanx when a male white-tail deer slammed into her back, knocking her to the ground. The deer then circled around her and began goring her with its antlers.
Trying to shield herself, the woman latched onto the deer's antlers and the deer drug her around, continuing the attack. Three bystanders were able to step in and help the woman become free from the deer. She was transported to Blount County Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.
The deer was found by TWRA officers with an orange collar around its neck and officers said it acted "unnaturally humanized." The deer was taken to another location and euthanized. Officers found that the deer was raised by humans at a very young age. The deer was about 1 and a half years old with 4 points that wighed 75 pounds.
"This is an unfortunate example of the consequences that come from habituating and humanizing wild animals. In the case of humanized white-tailed buck deer, TWRA sees several situations where they become aggressive towards humans, oftentimes when rutting activity begins. This same rutting activity is also responsible for the uptick in deer versus vehicle collisions in the fall as deer are more mobile during the breeding season." - TWRA