French village finally safe from rampaging deer

10th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

POITIERS, France, Aug 10, 2006 (AFP) - A deer that sowed terror in a village in central France for several days — charging and badly injuring a 71-year-old woman — has been tracked down and shot, the local mayor said Thursday.

POITIERS, France, Aug 10, 2006 (AFP) - A deer that sowed terror in a village in central France for several days — charging and badly injuring a 71-year-old woman — has been tracked down and shot, the local mayor said Thursday.

The hot-headed herbivore, a one-year-old male, was spotted late Wednesday by a jogger who had been attacked by the deer earlier in the day.

A local ranger, alerted of his whereabouts, hunted him down, the mayor of Anche François de Lauzon told AFP.

The hunt for the rampaging animal started on Sunday after it charged the elderly woman on a country path, badly injuring her legs and arms, before chasing a group of eight-year-olds heading for a swim in a nearby river.

"It was probably a tame fawn, who was either released or escaped from captivity, but was still seeking out a human presence. Maybe he just wanted to play," suggested the mayor.

"It's sad it had to come this, because the real monster was the person who tried to rear the animal for his own pleasure," he said.

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Subject: French news

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