LOSTINE, Ore. — A mule deer buck and attacked three people at a Lostine home Nov. 9, injuring them before it was put down by Wallowa County Sheriff Joel Fish.

“It happened so fast, and it was terrifying,” said Carolyn Lochert on Nov. 22. The incident occurred at her home.

Lochert was on her porch when the buck arrived.

“It was in my front yard facing up against the shrubs and breaking them off,” she said. “I yelled at it, and it came over to me. He wasn’t afraid of me at all.

“I’ve learned that when bucks (are) in rut, they don’t act normal,” she said.

She said after about 20 minutes, friends Laura Skovlin and Brian Oliver arrived to take her to a gathering in Wallowa. They saw the buck and tried to help Lochert chase it off.

“It attacked her,” Lochert said. “It’s just kind of a blur. I’ve tried to recreate (it) many times.”

She said all three of them were injured, mostly with puncture wounds, scrapes and bruises. Skovlin and Oliver were taken to the hospital after the attack.

“We all got punctured,” Lochert said. “Brian got the worst of it. He had to get stitches for one of the wounds which was inches away from his femoral artery.”

The sheriff and an Oregon State Police trooper were first on the scene. Fish said he was given authorization by Bree Furfey of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to dispatch the deer.

“It had them pinned up on the porch when I got there,” Fish said. “Bree said there was a deer attacking people and said if I got there before her, go ahead and shoot it.”

He brought the deer down with his revolver at about 15 yards. He and Lochert both said there didn’t appear to be other deer in the vicinity. Lochert said the OSP trooper also shot the buck.

Fish said he had to give first aid to Oliver.

He said Furfey took custody of the carcass for testing. She was unavailable for comment.

Lochert said that in retrospect, “He seemed a little sickly. … He might’ve been tired from fighting other bucks as his hindquarters seemed shaky.”

Even though wild animals are common in Wallowa County, Lochert agreed people need to remember they are, in fact, wild.

“It’s about how dangerous how these animals are, especially when they’re in rut,” she said.

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