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EVANSTON, Wyoming — A woman in Evanston is hospitalized after she was gored by a buck just outside her back door Thursday. The buck also jabbed her husband when he jumped in to help.
It was a real shock for a neighborhood that is used to seeing plenty of deer.
Mid-morning on Thursday, Wanda Kaynor stepped outside to take her husband, Daniel, to an appointment.
"There was this buck sitting there, just laying there," he said.
Wanda Kaynor was startled, and so was the couples' dog. The dog went after the buck.
"Of course, the buck didn't like that. So, he went after him with his antlers and shoved him underneath the car," Daniel Kaynor said.
That's when his wife fought back.
"She threw her hat at the thing, and of course, it came after her now," he said.
The four-point buck thrust its antlers into Wanda Kaynor, goring her with seven puncture wounds. The buck knocked her to the ground, crushing a vertebra in her back. That's when her husband came outside and saw what was going on.
"I grabbed him by the antlers, trying to pull him off," he said.
Daniel Kaynor got punctured by an antler along his waistline.
"It happened so fast," he said.
Wanda Kaynor, badly hurt, got out of the way. A UPS driver had just delivered a package across the street. So, he lifted the woman into a car and a neighbor drove her to the hospital.
"We just got instantaneously all of his help," Daniel Kaynor said.
She'll be there several days, and likely spend a couple of weeks at a rehabilitation center, her husband said.
After the attack, the buck wandered around to their front yard and hung out in the shade for a couple of hours. A relative notified Wyoming Fish and Game, and a wildlife officer euthanized the buck. Wildlife officials do that after an animal has a violent encounter with humans.
Daniel Kaynor said his wife is traumatized.
"Having a buck stomp on you on the ground … I was pretty traumatized last night myself," he said.
"Wild animals are wild animals," he said. And the Kaynors see them a little bit differently today.
"I think she's going to check that door when she comes out, for sure," he said.