'Aggressive and potentially sick' deer attacks runner at MN nature center

Officials are looking for the deer to put it down.
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A deer at a nature center in southern Minnesota rammed and pinned down a runner. 

The Jay C. Hormel Nature Center in Austin is warning visitors about potentially aggressive deer after the adult runner was attacked on Wednesday. 

The nature center said in a news release the visitor was running the trails when they encountered the young buck that was acting aggressively. The runner initially scared it away, but then the deer rammed them and pinned them down. 

The runner suffered minor bruising but managed to fight off the deer, which then ran away. 

Staff at the nature center located the deer and asked the Austin Police Department to put it down, but the buck evaded the efforts. The search for the deer is ongoing, with a City of Austin spokesperson saying the deer is "aggressive and potentially sick." 

The nature center and officers are working on located the animal. It's not known if the deer is still on nature center property. 

The nature center says anyone who encounters a deer that's behaving aggressively or strangely should contact them at 507-437-7519 or the law enforcement center at 507-437-9400.

The Jay C. Hormel Nature Center is marking its 50th anniversary this year. The property features more than 10 miles of trails through 500-plus acres of prairie, forests and wetlands, which many animals call home, the website says.

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