Poteau man hospitalized after deer attack

A Poteau man was seriously injured Tuesday morning after he was attacked by a deer during his daily walk. According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, 75-year-old Larry Lontz was walking on Monks Drive in the ABM addition north of Poteau at about 6:30 a.m. when the attack occurred. Seale said an 8-point buck with an orange collar charged Lontz, goring him in the neck, abdomen and arm. A passerby stopped to help Lontz who was still being attacked by the deer. Seale said the person was able to scare the deer away and call for help. LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services treated Lontz at the scene then took him to the helicopter landing pad at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center, where they transferred him to a medical helicopter, according to Seale. Lontz was taken to a Tulsa Hospital, his condition unknown as of press time, but Seale said Lontz was seriously injured. Seale said the deer charged a second person after the attack on Lontz and it was at that point Seale made the decision to shoot the deer for the safety of all involved.