An Idaho woman was attacked by a mule deer along with her rescuer. According to Idaho state Wildlife officials, the woman escapede after a passer-by and his daughter fought off the buck, grabbing the antlers and striking it with a hammer until it fled. Sue Panter was walking near her home in a rural part of southeast Idaho when the buck attacked, raking her body with his antlers and goring her legs, officials said.
Panter at one point tried to play dead, but the buck continued his attack. So Panter tried to fight back crabbing its antlers to try and keep them away from her head.
Meanwhile, Michael Vaughan and his 17-year-old daughter Alexis happened to be driving by and saw the deer attack and stopped to help. Alexis started punching the animal as Michael tried pulling the buck off by its antlers.
The two were able to free Panter long enough for her to jump into the rescuer’s SUV. However, the deer started to focus its attack on Michael. He called for Alexis to get a hammer, and he started striking it until it finally ran off.
Both Panter and Vaughan were treated for their wounds from the attack and were released the same day from the hospital.
Panter’s husband Scott said, “She has a difficult time even talking about it, we are all in shock and cannot believe this happened.” Panter added, “I am so grateful for the Vaughan’s. I don’t know how I am going to repay them.”
Michael Vaughan said, “If we hadn’t come up on [Panter] when we did, it could have been so much worse. I don’t think she would have made it.”
Conservation officials were trying to determine what happened. They don’t believe this is a typical wild buck.
“A possibility is that this deer was found in the wild and taken home and raised by somebody,” said Senior Conservation Officer Korey Owens. “Then it’s become habituated to humans so it’s not afraid of humans anymore, that’s a possibility.”