Special Report filed by AAF Correspondent: Bill MayAnimal Attack Files Special Report
from Albuquerque Tribune Online

      Deer crash through window, trash Colorado home

Wednesday, November 15, 2000

The Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- Two deer smashed through a window at the home of Kathryn MacGregor, mangled the miniblinds, hopped over a computer, tore a few pillows and scratched a table before they found their way out. Fur was dangling from the ceiling. "I saw them, they saw me and I was gone," MacGregor said. "I wasn't going to wait for them to leave." MacGregor, 49, went to a neighbor's home, where animal control officials were called. As she waited, one deer crashed through a utility room window. A few minutes later, another followed. "They pretty much left me with a big mess," she said. "There was blood everywhere." Wildlife officials told MacGregor they suspect one of the deer saw its reflection in the window and took it as a challenge. The animals are nearing the end of breeding season and can be extremely aggressive, Colorado Department of Wildlife spokesman Todd Malmsbury said. "If anything can be learned from this, it's that deer should be treated with caution," Malmsbury said. "You don't want to find out how sharp their hooves can be." MacGregor quipped that the break-in didn't surprise her. "It's mating season and there's a nice fireplace and a comfy couch inside," she said. "Everyone says it was bound to happen."

© The Albuquerque Tribune.

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