A hunter in Arkansas died after a deer he had shot attacked him, several news outlets reported.
According to officials with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Thomas Alexander, 66, shot a buck with a muzzleloader while hunting near Yellville. However, the buck did not die and attacked the hunter.
“I’ve worked for the Game and Fish Commission for 20 years, and it’s one of the more unusual things that’s happened,” Keith Stephens, the agency’s chief of communications, told NBC News.
Stephens said Alexander was left with “several puncture wounds” after the altercation, local outlet KY3 reported. .
Alexander, who was hunting alone, was able to contact his family who called emergency responders, the outlet noted. He later died at a local hospital.
Hunters are encouraged to wait for the deer to be still and unmoving for about 30 minutes before approaching it.