A sharp-shooting officer from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources managed to separate antler-locked bucks using only his sidearm.
In an audacious move, an officer of the Illinois DNR decided to use his pistol in an attempt to free two antler-locked bucks.
Rather than let the deer stay hooked together and suffer a long and agonizing death, the sharp-shooting eco-cop showed off some sweet skills and separated the two bucks with a keen eye and a small amount of ammunition.
After conferring about the possibility that both animals would have to be put down, one of two Illinois Department of Natural Resources environmental conservation officers stepped up to the plate and showed off their firearm training.
Firing approximately six times, the sharp-shooting cop freed the two bucks to go find another doe in estrous to fight over.
Antler-locked bucks are more of a common occurrence than one might think and it isn’t the first time that humans have had to intervene. Most cases result in the death of one or both of the deer in question.
Being that these were trained eco-officers, was it okay for them to choose this method of freeing the two bucks?