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Council defends decision to destroy a Wollaton Park deer after man’s injury

Nottingham City Council has spoken out about the incident on Sunday when a deer was put down by a vet at Wollaton Park. Lots of our readers, particularly on the Instagram post, questioned the decision.

The incident on Sunday 16 October involved a man, described as a regular walker in the park, and having acted responsibly, being attacked by a stag.

He was taken to hospital to be checked out but wasn’t seriously injured.

A vet was called and decided to euthanise the animal.

A spokesperson Nottingham City Council who operate the park said: “We understand why people have questioned the decision to put down the stag.

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‘In circumstances like this, a vet is called to observe the animal’s behaviour and make a professional judgment.

‘The council will always support whatever decision is made, even though that can be tough and upsetting.

“We’re very lucky to have herds of deer at Wollaton but these are wild animals whose behaviour cannot always be predicted.

‘If anyone has any concerns about a deer, they should report this to a member of staff and we will investigate immediately.”

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