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Pet deer kills man and injures wife in rural Australia

Pet deer kills man and injures wife in rural Australia

They did so due to "concerns for the paramedic's safety on scene".

The couple suffered critical injuries and Mr McDonald died a short time later.

In the nine years to 2017, Australia has not logged any deaths directly caused by deer, though 77 deaths were linked to cows and horses, the Australian Broadcasting Corp reported, citing the national statistics agency.

The woman, who sustained severe injuries to her legs and upper body, was airlifted to Melbourne's Alfred Hospital in a serious condition.

Paul McDonald was killed by his deer in Moyhu, near Wangaratta.

Local media said that the injured woman was helped from the deer's pen by her teenage son.

"I know the family are very traumatised about what has happened", Purcell said.

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He said it was not the first time he had heard of a deer killing a human during mating season.

A warning has been issued after a man was killed by a deer in Victoria.

"It's not an everyday occurrence, but it's not unheard of for deer to kill people in that situation", he said.

Police said they had euthanised the deer at the scene near Wangaratta, about 250km (155 miles) north-east of Melbourne.

The number of deer - and their spread - is rapidly increasing in Victoria, including near cities. Howlett said fallow and red deer become particularly aggressive during the mating season.

Deer were introduced to Australia in the 19th century.

About 100,000 are shot every year in a hunting trade worth about A$140 million (NZ149.5 million) to the state.