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Buck Deer Attacks Hermiston Man at Wildlife Refuge
10/22/2010
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
 
Kevin Blakely
ODFW Watershed Manager
(541) 276-2344
 
Rick Hargrave
ODFW Information & Education
(503) 559-1592

Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division troopers, ODFW biologists and Army Corps of Engineer personnel are looking for a buck deer that attacked a Hermiston-area man Thursday afternoon at an Army Corp of Engineer Wildlife Area just below McNary Dam near Umatilla.
 
On October 21, 2010 at approximately 2:00 p.m. a buck mule deer attacked Quentin Hinds, age 49, from Hermiston, resulting in injury to the man’s leg that required medical treatment. Hinds, who was bird watching at the wildlife area, apparently got too close to the deer while taking photographs. He was treated and released from a local hospital.  
The fall is breeding season for deer in this area, and aggressive behavior by buck deer is quite common. Often referred to as the “rut,” males engage in sparring matches and run off other bucks in competition for females (does).
 
“People should be very cautious this time of year around deer and never approach any wildlife,” said Kevin Blakely, ODFW Watershed District Manager. “While there is a lot of interest in viewing deer at this time of year, people should always maintain a safe distance.” 
 
Unfortunately, the deer are quite used to human activity on the wildlife area, which has several popular fishing ponds, and the individual deer will have to be removed to prevent any incidents in the future.