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One man tries to scare Georgia’s mascot, named Buck Gores, with a broom

After an attack, the man needed multiple stitches and spent 8 hours in the ER.



A man in Georgia was gored by a buck after he tried to scare off the hand-reared animal with a broom. The buck was pumped full of testosterone. The Newton County man, who needed stitches to his forearm after the attack, waited in the ER for eight hours.

It is estimated that there are 1.27 million deer in Georgia, though this number does not account for those who live in cities and suburbs. These animals are attracted to residential areas for the same reasons that humans do: they offer a safe haven and an abundance of food. However, people and deer may be in danger if they are around.

As a result, predators such as coyotes and bears are sometimes brought into close contact with humans in urban areas where deer have been spotted.

Some areas, like Newton County, even have residents who keep wild deer as pets. As a result, they lose their protective instincts and may resort to violence.

While the parents are away for long periods of time feeding, the young deer are often left alone. Fawns are frequently stolen and kept as pets because people wrongly assume they are abandoned. The state of Georgia forbids you to do this.


The man with the broom in the most recent video from the Georgia DNR did not realize that the young buck had been hand reared. A resident reported that a herd of deer had invaded their garden and were tearing apart their barbecue.

To help scare it away from the property, the man had gone outside. If the buck hadn’t been raised by humans, it would have bolted as soon as the homeowner stepped outside.

However, the buck did not leave. Instead it charged the man and gored him. Georgia DNR said the man had no intention of hurting the deer with the broom.

“While this buck had shown no prior aggression, he was a recognized guest among area residents,” the division wrote in a Facebook post. As a young fawn, I thought it was okay to feed and play with this deer. But as the buck got older, the testosterone began to flow. In order to establish dominance and breeding rights, buck sparring increases in frequency and intensity as testosterone levels rise. In the wild, deer ensure their distance from humans. However, once the buck loses its natural fear of humans, he can become a very dangerous, aggressive, testosterone-filled creature. In spite of our best efforts, we observe yearly occurrences of this kind of thing.

Georgia DNR said anyone who sees a tame or pet deer should contact them on a ranger hotline.


You’re doing the right thing by calling, even though there’s a chance the animal might be put down. It lessens the likelihood of someone getting hurt, of the animal getting mistreated, or of someone getting sick from being around an animal.

Newsweek has contacted Georgia DNR for comment.

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