Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers are investigating a wildlife attack that occurred about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Craig.
CPW officials reported in a press release that a mule deer doe with two fawns attacked and injured an 85-year-old woman as the woman walked her dog within city limits. Wildlife officers said the woman was transported to Craig Hospital with what were described as serious injuries.
Officers said they 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 can be serious, especially when the animal is rearing her young.
At approximately 8 p.m. Wednesday, CPW officers located and captured the doe and her fawns. In accordance with agency 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 said Craig has a large resident mule deer population. They warned residents about the dangers of approaching any wildlife, especially females with offspring.