Colorado man confused for deer competitor

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Monday, December 10, 2001
 
Colorado man confused for deer competitor

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Robert Brooks must have felt like he was caught in a deer's headlights.

A buck, possibly mistaking Brooks for a competitor during mating season, attacked him Friday. It is the latest in a series of brushes between neighbourhood residents and deer.

Still, neighbors weren't rushing for their guns.

"You've got to respect the fact that they're a little jumpy this time of year because it's mating season," said Ray Miller, 63, who's lived here for 17 years and has grown accustomed to the deer's ways.

Brooks apparently got in the way of a delicate mating dance. Or at least he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was using an outside faucet at a house when the buck suddenly appeared and charged him.

A half-dozen does were in the vicinity.

At first, Brooks threw a bucket of water at the deer, but to no avail. He was able to get his hands on the antlers, but the animal pinned him against the house. Brooks escaped and ran to his car, but the deer chased him and pushed him against his vehicle.

Brooks escaped and was treated at a hospital for puncture wounds and sore ribs.  
 

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