Buck charges car, lands in back
seat as occupants duck
By MARY SCHLEY
Published: September 27, 2013
PACIFIC GROVE resident Julie Tetreau was
slowly cruising down Grove Acre in her Chrysler convertible with
her mom in the passenger seat, on the way to pick up her
boyfriend at his apartment, when a big buck appeared out of
nowhere and charged her car. He hit the front, flipped over the
hood — nearly missing Tetreau and her mother, who had
ducked — and landed in the back seat, all in a flash.
And then he was gone.
“The top was down on my car, because it was gorgeous out, and
it was broad daylight,” Tetreau said about her Sept. 16 drive.
“And this buck came out of nowhere. I’ve hit a couple of deer
before, but this was strange, because he just charged right at
me. It was the strangest thing I’ve ever experienced.”
She said the animal “looked angry” as he charged the car and
then hit the little Chrysler 200 — “I guess he liked it,” she
said — shattered the passenger-side headlight and flew over it,
his hooves striking a cooler in the backseat.
“We were fortunate, because my mom ducked, but she probably
could have caught a hoof,” Tetreau said Wednesday, as she was en
route to pick up her car from the repair shop. “It was a
10-point buck, so he could have done some serious damage.”
After the animal flipped over their heads, Tetreau was
convinced he was stuck in the rear seat and thought she could
hear him breathing, but by the time she slammed on the brakes
and pulled over, the buck had vanished. Or, as the Pacific Grove
police officer who took Tetreau’s report had written it, “the
deer had fled the scene.”
“He was perfectly fine, which is bizarre to me,” she said. “I
was hoping I killed it, because I would have liked to have some
deer meat — it’s expensive and it’s healthy for you.”
Tetreau, who moved to P.G. from Michigan six months ago, said
she’s never seen a buck charge like that.
“Usually, they just stand there and let you drive by,” she
said. “It was super scary.”
Tetreau wondered if the car had startled him.
“He was on some sort of mission,” she said. “We had music
going, so maybe that spooked him.”
Fall is mating season for deer, and wildlife officials often
issue warnings to motorists, hikers and others to be aware of
aggressive and unpredictable animals.
“They do sometimes during this season get very bold,” said
Carmel animal control officer Cindi Mitchell. “They do attack
people. I haven’t heard of them going after a car, but if they
perceive something as a danger, they will react aggressively.”