A threesome that didn't work out

Tangledtrio_1 This image was sent to me without explanation. If you know anything about the unique find, please share it. The odds of two bucks becoming locked together are astronomically low when you consider there are approximately 25 to 30 million whitetails scattered across North America. The odds of three bucks ending up in an inescapable tangle have to be less than me winning the Powerball, which is low since I don’t even purchase Powerball lottery tickets.

In Leonard Lee Rue III’s book “The Deer of North America,” he cites one example of a trio of locked bucks found near Jamestown, North Dakota. The belief was that an eight-pointer and a ten-pointer were deep in battle when another eight-pointer joined the bout by leaping over the back of the two fighting. It’s suspected his rack locked all three together and he broke his neck attempting to escape, but his dead weight kept all three locked together and eventually the others perished as well. Maybe that’s what happened here, but I doubt we’ll ever know.

—Mark Kayser