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Deer Smashes Through Window Of Hendersonville Home

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by Adam Ghassemi

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – A Hendersonville couple is still cleaning their house after a woodland intruder they never expected.  

For the last 20 years, nature has been photographer Michael Gustafson's focus.

"My photographs are all Tennessee," he said in his family's Woodland Gallery Tuesday.

His images depict landscapes and wildlife, including the deer near his family's home.

Gustafson's wife, Wendy, got an up close encounter earlier this month while doing the dishes.

"It was huge! It was maybe 150 pounds," she said. "All I heard was the crash and when I looked over I just saw this huge thing come through the wall and I didn't know what it was."

A young buck came crashing through her kitchen window around 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9.

"I thought, ‘it's a deer. How did a deer jump through my window,'" Wendy said.

The family's theory was the buck could see his own reflection in the window and decided to charge.

Mike was in the shower and heard the screams.

"As soon as I came in the doorway the deer was standing right in front of me," he said.

The couple tried to get the deer out the backdoor, but it had different plans - tearing up their home in the two minutes it was caught inside.

Wendy quickly thought to pick-up a camera and capture her husband acting more like a lion trainer.

"It was just so funny for me to catch that picture of Mike with the deer in his living room. It just was very funny," she said.

"I was glad we had it because who would have believed it? I mean, they'd see the blood and wonder what happened here. It looks more like a crime scene," Michael Gustafson said.

The buck escaped after finally breaking through another window, leaving the nature photographer with a whole new respect and story about the animals he photographs.

"I can imagine it's probably going to stay away from homes for a while," he said.

The family said they were waiting on their insurance company to cover the $8,000 in damage done by the deer. They said there was no telling how bad the damage would have been if they weren't home.


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