Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks received a report on Friday about two bucks that had their antlers locked together.
An FWP game warden arrived and found that one of the bucks was dead, but the other was still “very much alive and fighting to get free.”
The warden used a catch pole to hold the live buck down, and with help from others at the scene, administered anesthesia using his own designed Iso Pole.
With the buck held and under sedation, the warden cut away the antler from the dead buck and was able to free the live buck.
The buck came out of it rapidly and was able to get up and hop a fence to live another day.
FWP says that reports from the public are key to helping the agency carry out its role helping our state’s wildlife resources.