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Man dead and woman injured in deer attack in Moyhu near Wangaratta

PICTURED: Husband killed by his pet DEER as his wife fights for life after her son dragged her away from the crazed beast before it was shot dead

  • Man dead and woman injured after deer attack at Moyhu in north east Victoria
  • Paramedics were called to the scene just before 8.30am on Wednesday
  • Both residents suffered critical injuries, but man died a short time later 

A man has died and a woman has been left fighting for her life after a horrifying deer attack in north east Victoria.

The pair were on their Moyhu property, about 260km outisde of Melbourne on Wednesday morning.

Paul McDonald, 47, was feeding the deer before the animal attacked him, his brother told 9News.

Paul McDonald, 47, was feeding the deer before the animal attacked him, according to his brother

His wife Mandi tried to help Mr McDonald during the attack, but was also injured. 

Their son managed to drag his mother to safety, before Mr McDonald’s brother shot the animal. 

The deer had been in the family for six years. 

Paramedics were called to the scene at around 8.30am to treat the couple.

The man died at the scene and the woman is being treated for upper body and leg injuries.

Ambulance Victoria said she was flown to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne in a serious condition.

As many as a million wild deer are thought to be living in Victoria, according to a 2017 state government report. 

Their numbers increased following the 2008 Black Saturday bushfires and calls have been made to cull the growing population.

Victoria’s National Park Association said in 2018 that the animals were destructive to the natural landscape. 

More to come 

The animal is believed to have sprung from the bush before attacking the pair at around 8.20am (stock image)

The animal is believed to have sprung from the bush before attacking the pair at around 8.20am (stock image)

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