Elderly Man Killed by Deer

(Gilbertown-AP) -- An elderly man was killed when his pet deer attacked him.

The nine-point buck gorged and mauled 79-year-old Donald Sellers Monday while Sellers was working on a fence on his property Monday in the Chapel Hill community. That's according to Choctaw County Sheriff Don Lolley.

Sellers had raised the deer since it was a fawn and the sheriff says it often became aggressive during the rutting and mating season. He believes that might have prompted the attack.

A grandson discovered the body, then shot and killed the deer when it acted aggressively toward him.

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