A North Platte parks employee felt the strength and wrath of a whitetail deer at Cody Park on Wednesday morning.
Parks Supervisor Lyle Minshull said the employee had gone into the enclosure to feed the deer when it attacked him.
“I got a call from dispatch to take care of the situation,” Minshull said. “It didn’t come across to me as a distress thing.”
Minshull said the initial caller believed a deer was having trouble giving birth, but when he arrived the deer had the park employee on the ground.
“He was controlling the deer, but the deer did get the employee a couple of times (with his antlers),” Minshull said.
Minshull entered the enclosure to help the employee, and the two were able to hold the deer down until the police department arrived to help.
Minshull said it is rutting season and he believes that’s why the 3-year-old buck became aggressive. The deer was put down.
Both Minshull and the employee were bruised; the employee spent the night in the hospital, but did not have life-threatening injuries.