A Montana woman was seriously injured Tuesday morning by a whitetail buck apparently being kept illegally at her residence.
A ranch hand found her and called for help. The woman was transported to a Missoula hospital.
Neither state wildlife police nor local law enforcement had details of the woman’s injuries.
Ravalli County Undersheriff Perry Johnson said he was told the woman was severely injured.
“From the information that we’ve received, she was found in the barn with the deer,” said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Warden Sgt. Joe Jaquith. “She went to do something in the deer’s pen and was attacked.”
The deer was estimated to be about 5 years old.
A veterinarian euthanized the deer. Its carcass was sent to the wildlife laboratory in Bozeman.
Jaquith said the initial investigation indicated the woman was keeping the deer in a pen.