by Ben Sobieck, online editor
An Indiana hunter died of liver lacerations after fighting hand-to-hoof with a buck he had shot, according to JournalGazette.net.
Paul J. Smith, of Fort Wayne, told his son via cell phone he killed the buck with a knife after seeing it was still alive following his shot. The tangle damaged his liver, according to an autopsy. Wildlife officials and first responders found Smith dead against a tree. He appeared to have bruises from the melee, but no punctures, according to the article.
When acute liver failure occurs in a rapid way, such as in Smith’s case, it can be swift and deadly. The Mayo Clinic associates symptoms of sleepiness and confusion with liver failure. That Smith was found seated against a tree suggests he experienced some measure of both before dying.
Incidents like this one are rare, yet reinforce how important it is to make sure a deer is dead before approaching it.