Deer attack in Scotland leaves woman seriously injured

A rare and horrific animal attack leaves a woman severely injured.

Stag attack tourist serious but stable in hospital – The Scotsman.

Dr Kate Stone, 44, from Cambridge, has been placed in an ­induced coma and remained in a “serious but stable” condition in hospital last night.

She was left with life-threatening injuries after the “one-in-a-million” encounter with the animal at Lochailort, near Fort William.

She was gored in the throat, chest and spine by the stag’s antlers in the early hours of ­Monday.

A witness to the event said the stag had become trapped in his garden charged at Dr. Stone who was the tallest of the group. A gamekeeper said this is very unusual behavior but animals may become aggressive and can certainly do damage with the large antlers. The horns punctured Dr. Stone’s trachea and she has undergone surgery. The red deer was wild but many apparently do approach houses with little hesitation.

In California in 2005, there was a rash of deer attacks. The deer attacked and killed dogs as well, of which they are normally wary of. Wildlife biologists say that attacks on humans and pets may be a sign that deer populations are large and they are now too accustomed to humans and losing their fear.


  4 comments for “Deer attack in Scotland leaves woman seriously injured

  1. spookyparadigm
    January 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    One a million encounter, and then the article goes on to describe three serious attacks in two years. Either the people of Britain encounter stags a lot more than I would expect, or someone is poor at math. Or more seriously, people should stay the hell away from deer. I’ve been around super tame tourist-area deer, but it has always put me at some unease given that they can be quite large. This case sounds like no one had done anything particularly stupid, but I would avoid a large antlered deer just as I would avoid a bull (a larger animal, but one genetically engineered to be around humans).

  2. January 2, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    Deer attacks are not so rare where I live, on Vancouver Island. Over-populated deer are becoming a real nuisance and potential danger. Many towns here are currently considering culling but some citizens object to killing bambi, even though the meat will go to feed the hungry.

    google “canada deer attacks” and you can find quite a few of these reports, even some fatalities, across the country. And not all incidents get reported. Many of them happen in peoples’ back yards. My sister’s flowerbeds are under constant attack from a doe who sets up residence with her new fawns each year on their forested two acres. I’ve been stared down by that doe once; I’m pretty sure she was thinking about attacking as she glanced back and forth at me and her fawn.

  3. Warren
    January 2, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Three attacks in two years, average lifespan of about 75, that’s 112 attacks per lifetime. Population of G.B. is 63 million, so it’s one in 560,000 assuming this is typical. Given they say it’s increasing, over the last 50 years a claim of one in a million is not unreasonable.

  4. January 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    ‘the stag had become trapped in his garden”

    Even I know to give a trapped wild animal plenty of room. A trapped animal is a frightened animal, and a frightened animal will often attack. Had it been a skunk I bet they would have given it plenty of room!

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