A woman was airlifted to hospital yesterday after being attacked by a stag in Co Kerry.

The attack occurred in the Glencar area, a remote valley near Killorglin in the foothills of the MacGillycuddy's Reeks.

The deer, a medium-sized wild red stag, had become familiar with locals. He appeared to have no fear of humans and would approach houses for food and was often on the road at night.

It is understood the attack took place near a private residence and the woman, thought to be in her 50s, was found lying on the ground.

Neighbours heard her calls for assistance and were quickly on the scene.

The air ambulance was called and the woman was airlifted to receive medical treatment. She suffered a number of injuries, including broken ribs, and remains hospitalised.

A trained huntsman was called to the scene and the stag was shot.

The Irish Deer Commission, together with the National Parks and Wildlife Service, issue regular warnings about the danger of wild deer, particularly in the autumn during the rutting season.

A minimum distance of 50 metres is recommended and the public are warned not to feed wild deer.