An Idaho woman was able to escape an attack by a mule deer after a passer-by and his daughter fought off the buck, grabbing the antlers and striking it with a hammer until it fled, state wildlife employees said.
Sue Panter was on a stroll near her home in rural southeastern Idaho when the buck attacked, raking her body with its antlers and goring her legs.
Michael Vaughan and his 17-year-old daughter, Alexis, spotted the struggleand tried to intervene, the state Department of Fish and Game said in a statement Sunday.
Vaughan’s daughter got out of their vehicle and started punching the deer, while he grabbed the buck by the antlers, which allowed Panter to escape, according to the agency. Vaughan said that while he wrestled with the buck, his daughter retrieved a hammer and struck the deer.
Vaughan’s daughter then drove Panter and her father to a hospital, where they were treated and released on Friday. The man’s legs were punctured three times during the struggle.
The buck was a young adult of about 250 pounds.