Friday, February 22, 2013

Illinois Police Shoot Bucks Locked in Combat

Male deer engage in territorial disputes during the mating season. Fights between bucks may result in the two animals' antlers becoming entwined with one another. Sometimes the animals are able to separate from each other, sometimes not.

Two deer in Illinois were engaged in a prolonged battle with one another, when police were called. Four officers responded.

At one point, the bucks become so exhausted that they collapse to the ground. 

This is when one of the officers decides to "separate" them by shooting at the deer multiple times. I find it a little implausible that it was the bullets that magically separated the antlers, but we'll go with it.

One deer appears uninjured, but the video does not show what happens to the second deer who is clearly wounded and barely able to run off. I'm guessing he was shot by a bullet.

I had to laugh a little at the PETA staff person's suggestion of "comforting" the deer. It's the height of human arrogance to assume that a wild animal about to be shot at needs "comforting" by human beings. Wild animals generally do not like to be handled by humans nor do many want to be around us. It is unbelievable to me that these two stressed out, angry deer would appreciate a little hug from a human.

Those two animals did not need comforting - they probably just needed to be left alone. Or I guess shot at.

Wishing the best to those two deer.

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