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CPW responds to mule deer doe attack on elderly woman in Craig

CPW responds to mule deer doe attack on elderly woman in Craig
Mike Porras
CPW responds to mule deer doe attack on elderly woman in Craig

CRAIG, Colo. - Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are investigating a wildlife attack in the northwest community of Craig this evening.

At approximately 4:30 this afternoon, CPW say a mule deer doe with two fawns attacked and injured an 85-year-old woman as the woman walked her dog within city limits.  According to the officers, the woman has been transported to Memorial Regional Health in Craig with what are described as serious injuries.

Officers believe the woman and her dog surprised the animal, leading to an unusually aggressive response by the doe.

Doe attacks are rare but wildlife officers say they can happen and they can be serious, especially when the animal is rearing her young.

At approximately 8 p.m., CPW officers located and captured the doe and her fawns. In accordance with policy and due to the doe's extremely aggressive behavior, CPW will put the animal down to protect public safety. The fawns will be taken to a local rehabilitation facility. The doe's carcass will be taken to CPW's Wildlife Health Lab for a full necropsy.

Wildlife officers say Craig has a large resident mule deer population. They warn residents about the dangers of approaching any wildlife, especially females with offspring.


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