Thomas Alexander, a hunter in the United States, has been gored to death by a deer he thought he had gunned down.
The 66-year-old experienced and licensed hunter from Yellville had embarked on a hunting expedition near the Ozark mountains in Arkansas where he shot a buck, watched as it went down, and assumed it had died.
The deer, however, stood back up and attacked him after Alexander approached his kill in an attempt to lift and cart away with it.
Although the hunter had managed to call his wife, who swiftly contacted the emergency services, he was declared dead shortly after he arrived at the hospital where he was rushed to for medical attention.
Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, described Alexander’s death as “one of the stranger things that’s happened” in his 20-year career.
“I’ve worked for the Game and Fish Commission for 20 years, and it’s one of the stranger things that’s happened,” he told NBC affiliate KY3 in Springfield, Missouri.
“I don’t know how long he left the deer there, but he went up to check it to make sure it was dead. And evidently, it wasn’t. It got back up, and he had several puncture wounds on his body.”
According to him, that paramedics had attempted to take Alexander to hospital in an air ambulance but he stopped breathing before they could get into one and couldn’t be airlifted due to efforts at performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Stephens stated that the commission had begun the search for the wounded animal.
He added that there would be a post-mortem examination of the victim’s corpse to determine the exact cause of his death.
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