Troy man attacked by large deer

September 26, 2017 11:44 PM

TROY - A Troy man has his neighbor to thank tonight for saving him from a deer attack, right in his backyard.

It's not clear if the attack was provoked or just a result of the start of mating season, but one thing is for sure, the neighbor was definitely in the right place at the right time.

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It's not unusual to see skunks, coyote and deer cross the alley between Van Buren and Jackson Streets in Troy.

But what Richard Belschiwinder witnessed Tuesday afternoon at 4:30 when coming home from work, was more like a scene from a movie.

"I looked over here and there was a 10 point deer at some guy in the corner of the fence here," Belschiwinder described.

Photos captured by other neighbors show the 200 pound deer that Richard says attacked his 31 year old neighbor.  

Literally horns down, hit the guy and drove him into the corner here you could hear the fence that's how hard he hit him.

The neighbor used these couch cushions set out for trash pick up, to try and protect himself.

Blood still visible from injuries the buck caused to the victims eye.

"He ripped up his face open here and I think he caught him with the hooves up in here," he added.

Richard says he managed to pull the man out of the corner at which point the deer fled, hopping this nearly 5 foot fence, over that fence, a third fence, then crossing the alley and making a complete circle back to where the deer  initially pinned the man and then escaped off to Van Buren where he was last seen.

He won't call himself a hero but is happy he was able to help save his neighbor.

"I didn't think about any of this I just grabbed the guy when I have the chance and called him away from them that's all."

It could be the alley's fallen apples that's been attracting the animals, but Richard thinks it's something else that's causing deer to venture out.

"There's a lot of construction going on in Troy, the housing developments all over the place so there are deer out of their natural habitat."

The man was brought to Samaritan Hospital where he received stitches under his eye and should be ok.

If you see a deer or any other animal, do not approach it.


Karen Tararache

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