Although deer may have the appearance of docile, peaceful beings, they're not afraid to fight if they feel cornered or threatened. While rare, deer attacks on humans do happen, most commonly during the rut when bucks are turned up on testosterone. However, every once in a while, they'll attack for seemingly no good reason, which is what we see in the following 1989 clip from Kentucky Afield. Host Dave Shuffett is filming an educational segment with Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources biologist Johnny Widener when the unthinkable happens, leaving them to their most basic instincts to resolve the issue.
It's clear they're doing a segment about how fast deer antlers grow when they enter a pen holding a nice whitetail buck, but the deer quickly decides it's having none of it and attacks Widener, leading to one of the wildest tussles you've ever seen. Fortunately for us, the whole thing was caught on camera.
Because they shot this footage in September, but was probably still a little early for bucks to be showing signs of pre-rut behavior, but something clearly had it upset enough to try and gore some humans. It appears as though one of the tines did catch Widener in the leg, and the video description noted that he had to have minor surgery to repair the damage. This footage only shows about two minutes of the tussle, but the video's description states this wrestling match went on for another 45 minutes after the cameras stopped rolling. Notice that when they tried to push that buck away, he immediately came back for more!
Something was clearly agitating this buck a great deal on this day. What it was we will never know. However, the video serves as a good reminder to be careful around deer, even penned ones. These animals are stronger than they appear and they can easily hurt humans when given the chance!
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