A French hunter who was just about to get married has been gored to death by a cornered deer who charged him with his antlers in a wood near Paris.
Regis Levasseur, 62, died from his wounds during the attack on Monday morning in Compiegne Forest, around 40 miles north of the French capital.
'The victim was acting as a beater when he was charged and then pierced in the throat,' said a local police spokesman.
'Emergency services arrived soon afterwards, but the man had already died from internal bleeding as those with him tried to save him.'
A French hunter who was just about to get married has been gored to death by a cornered deer who charged him with his antlers in a wood near Paris (file picture)
The beater was not armed, but instead was using a large stick to drive out game into the open, where it could be shot dead.
The police spokesman said the attack took place just after 10am, close to the village of Saint-Sauver.
Guy Harle, of the Oise department hunt involved, said: 'Normally the animal would run away, but this time he decided to charge.
'He went straight after the beater. Stag antlers act like lots of knives piercing you, and there is nothing you can do.
'This tragic accident reminds us that you cannot play with wild animals. There is an inherent risk with hunting.'
Mr Harle confirmed that Mr Levasseur had been preparing to get married before Christmas, adding: 'For him, hunting was more than a hobby, it was his life.'
Mr Harle acknowledged that the subject