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Lobsterman Hauls in Live Deer 5 Miles From Shore

He says it would have been a 'goner' if he and his crew hadn't intervened

(Newser) - A Maine lobsterman hauled in an unusual catch 5 miles off the coast—a live deer. Ren Dorr says he was setting traps when he saw a young deer Monday morning. He says the deer had given up swimming and was being carried farther offshore, the AP reports. Dorr and... More »

Hunter Dies After Deer He Shot Gets Back Up and Attacks

Arkansas man was gored several times

(Newser) - An Arkansas hunter died after a deer he thought he'd killed got up and attacked him. Thomas Alexander, 66, died at a hospital, KY3 reports. An official with the Game and Fish Commission said that after shooting a buck near Yellville on Tuesday with a muzzleloader, Alexander "went... More »

Nevada Battles 'Zombie Deer'

Symptoms include a loss of fear of humans

(Newser) - "Zombie deer" are already in Utah—and Nevada fears it could be next. The state has stepped up measures to monitor deer and elk populations for chronic wasting disease, a deadly and irreversible disease that destroys brain tissue in deer and other animals, the New York Daily News reports.... More »

Stuck Deer Gets Ironic Help

A hunter gives her a leg up out of an empty pool in Germany

(Newser) - With a little help from a hunter, firefighters have freed a deer that got stuck in an empty swimming pool in a German town, reports the AP . The fire service in Wetter an der Ruhr, in western Germany, said it was alerted to the animal's plight on Monday. Five... More »

Teen Hunter Killed by Friend Who Thought He Was a Deer

17-year-old was in heavy foliage in Georgia woods

(Newser) - A 17-year-old hunter in southeast Georgia was killed after another member of his hunting party made a tragic mistake, authorities say. The Glynn County Police Department says Bobby Lee Lane was in heavy foliage Saturday when he was shot by fellow hunter Hector Romero, who had mistaken him for a... More »

The Deer a Man Kept as a Pet Ends Up Killing Him

Family is 'devastated' after rare attack in Australia

(Newser) - A pet deer killed an Australian man and left his wife in critical condition Wednesday. Paul McDonald, 47, went to feed the animal—a cross between a red deer and an elk—when it attacked him inside an enclosure on the couple's property in Moyhu, Victoria, reports ABC News... More »

Man Who Tried to Save Deer Now Faces Fine

John Stoll of Pennsylvania brought animal to garage after it fell through frozen lake

(Newser) - It's one of the more unusual wildlife fines you'll hear about: A man in Pennsylvania faces a penalty after he tried to save a deer's life. As the York Daily Record explains, John Stoll of Wellsville helped firefighters and wildlife personnel free deer that had fallen through... More »

'Bummer' for Poacher Who Met Game Warden on Dating App

Woman, accomplice fined in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Her first error came in shooting a deer out of season, at night, with a spotlight, and leaving all but the head and backstrap meat to rot. Her second error came in boasting about the poaching crime in conversation with a potential beau on a dating app, who turned out... More »

Uproar After Cop Runs Over 'Shrieking' Deer for 15 Minutes

Animal rights lawyer says footage is among the worst she's ever seen

(Newser) - A debate is raging in Canada over how best to put injured animals out of their misery following video footage of an Alberta police officer repeatedly running over a "shrieking" deer. It took nearly 15 minutes for the young animal to die Saturday in Lethbridge, where it had been... More »

Court Orders Missouri Man to Watch Bambi Repeatedly

David Berry Jr. illegally killed hundreds of deer

(Newser) - A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie Bambi as part of his sentence for illegally killing hundreds of deer. The Springfield News-Leader reports that David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month during his year-long jail sentence in what... More »

Body Camera Captures Rescue of Terrified Fawn

It got stuck in backyard fence

(Newser) - An animal welfare officer in Oregon is getting attention after her body-worn camera captured her rescuing a baby deer. The Eugene Police Department on Thursday made public a video and photo of Officer Shawni McLaughlin freeing a terrified fawn that got stuck in a backyard fence, reports the AP . In... More »

An 'Amazing' Find: Conjoined Deer Fawns

A mushroom hunter found the stillborn twins in Minnesota

(Newser) - A mushroom hunter made an "amazing and extremely rare" find in a Minnesota forest in 2016: Conjoined twin fawns, which largely shared a body. The doe fawns had been cleaned by their mother, though lab testing confirmed they were stillborn and had never breathed air, per a University of... More »

Oregon Mystery: How 2 Deer Ended Up Like This

Police haven't been able to get close enough to tranquilize the animals

(Newser) - It's tough to get within about 90 feet of a wild deer, and that's proving problematic in Oregon. That's because state police there say they've discovered two deer who are alive but have arrows shot through them, but authorities have thus far been unable to get... More »

Texas Candidate Gets Most of Her Donations in Semen

Ana Lisa Garza gets the support of deer breeders

(Newser) - A candidate running for the Texas state legislature is garnering attention over her campaign donations—most of which consist of frozen deer semen, the Hill reports. Ana Lisa Garza has received $87,500 for her gutsy run against eight-term Democrat Ryan Guillen, $51,000 of which are listed as in-kind... More »

To Protect Deer, Train Will Sound Like Friend and Foe

New system for preventing train-deer collisions in Japan

(Newser) - The BBC reports officials once tried to keep deer away from trains by spraying railway tracks with lion poop. So a train that barks like a dog isn't the strangest idea ever. A team at Japan's Railway Technical Research Institute has developed a system to keep deer safe... More »

Scientists Document Monkeys Trying to Have Sex With Deer

Behavior was documented in Minoo, Japan

(Newser) - It was a "single anecdotal event" that surprised scientists and the internet: A male snow monkey was documented trying to have sexual relations with a sika deer in Japan. It turns out it wasn't so singular. A study published Dec. 11 in the Archives of Sexual Behavior establishes... More »

Video Shows Deer Leaping Off Bridge to Their Deaths

'Horrifying'

(Newser) - "I've never seen anything like this," Catherine Veerhusen tells the Des Moines Register . "No words, no words." Veerhusen and her husband were driving Sunday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, when they saw a herd of deer—one buck and three does—on a bridge over... More »

Deer Kills Seasoned Hunter

'The antlers of the stag are like many knives piercing you'

(Newser) - A member of a French hunting party was killed Monday in what authorities are calling an exceedingly rare accident. Police say the unarmed 62-year-old man was acting as a beater (meaning trying to get game to leave their cover) for a hunting party in Compiègne national park, around 50... More »

Ban on Deer Urine Could Be Next for NY State

It might be the best way to thwart chronic wasting disease

(Newser) - Deer hunters who like to lure their quarry with a dab of eau de doe-in-rut will have to find another way to attract a trophy buck in New York if state wildlife biologists have their way, the AP reports. Proposed regulations would add New York to a growing list of... More »

Fatal Disease on Rise in Humans, Deer in Wisconsin

Chronic wasting disease seen more amid worries deer may pass it to humans

(Newser) - Variants of a fatal brain disease are on the rise in both deer and humans across the country and especially in Wisconsin, leaving some worrying that the deer version, called chronic wasting disease, may be spreading to people. And while a cross-species jump to humans has yet to be observed,... More »

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