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Man recovering after being gored and seriously injured by reindeer in Fort Collins

Reindeer gores man in Fort Collins
Reindeer gores man in Fort Collins 01:42

Firefighters in Larimer County say a man was badly gored by a reindeer Wednesday night.

It happened near a reindeer farm about a mile west of "Horsetooth Reservoir" on the south side.

There are no wild reindeer or caribou in Colorado, but there are farms.

The man who was hurt was taken to a UC Health hospital. Tonight, that man is recovering.

This all took place around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

A reindeer had gored the man, whom officials have not yet identified. His injuries were serious enough that he needed emergency aid at the farm.

Reindeer, also known as caribou, are not native to Colorado. so, Colorado Parks and Wildlife says that means this reindeer was most likely a domesticated animal that was possibly imported or bred to live on that farm.

CPW says they aren't experts with non-native species but did tell CBS News Colorado that this time of the year is rut season for animals like deer, elk and more, meaning those animals can be significantly more aggressive if not given proper distance.

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