Sylvia Fernandez: Florida woman gored by deer at Survival Outreach Sanctuary

SPRING HILL, Fla - A Spring Hill woman was hospitalized on Friday after she was gored by a deer at an animal sanctuary, according to Fire Rescue personnel.

The incident occurred behind a locked gate around 9:15 a.m. at the Survival Outreach Sanctuary in the 22000 block of Bowman road.

Sylvia Fernandez,75, suffered a serious injury to an eye.

She was airlifted to Bayonet Point Medical Center.

The incident occurred at the same animal sanctuary where a lion escaped for a short time last week. Fernandez is the sister of Judy Watson - the owner of the Survival Outreach Sanctuary.

Last week, Watson was charged with a first degree misdemeanor for improper caging of a class one animal.

Willdlife expert Vernon Yates said he warned the owners that, during mating season, a buck like this can become very dangerous. 

"People do not perceive them as dangerous, but they are extremely dangerous," Yates said. "I mean he came after me and he came after a couple of the wildlife officers that were there. We basically told them lock him up, put him away."

The FWC is investigating this incident. 

As of Friday evening, Fernandez remained in serious, but stable condition at the hospital. 

Officials released the 911 call from today's incident. You can hear it in the player below.


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