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Deer attack at Cody Park sends two North Platte parks employees to the hospital
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Deer attack at Cody Park sends two North Platte parks employees to the hospital

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Deer attack at Cody Park sends two North Platte parks employees to the hospital

An ambulance and North Platte police respond to a deer attack Wednesday morning at Cody Park. Parks Supervisor Lyle Minshull said an employee had gone into the enclosure to feed the deer when it attacked him. Both Minshull and the employee were taken to Great Plains Health for treatment of bruises and wounds.

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A North Platte parks employee felt the strength and wrath of a whitetail deer at Cody Park on Wednesday morning.

Parks Supervisor Lyle Minshull said the employee had gone into the enclosure to feed the deer when it attacked him.

“I got a call from dispatch to take care of the situation,” Minshull said. “It didn’t come across to me as a distress thing.”

Minshull said the initial caller believed a deer was having trouble giving birth, but when Minshull arrived at the park, he found a more serious situation.

“I went over there and the deer had the park employee on the ground,” Minshull said. “He was controlling the deer, but the deer did get the employee a couple of times (with his antlers).”

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Minshull entered the enclosure to help the employee and the two were able to hold the deer down until more help arrived.

“The Police Department came over and gave us a very good hand,” Minshull said. “I appreciate what those guys do.”

Minshull said when the velvet on deer antlers starts to fall off, it is rutting season, and he believes that’s why the 3-year-old buck became aggressive.

Both Minshull and the employee received bruises and wounds and were taken to Great Plains Health by the North Platte Fire Department.

The employee was to remain in the hospital overnight, Minshull said, but did not have life-threatening injuries.

“They’re keeping him there just to keep his wounds clean,” Minshull said.

Minshull was released after his bruises and cuts were cleaned up. Unfortunately, he said, the deer had to be put down because it could not be controlled.

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