As Russ Wright drove home on Wednesday, he spotted two deer in a field south of Calgary — but something wasn’t right.
“I stopped and realized these deer had locked antlers,” Wright said. “That’s crazy because you just don’t see that. They were locked tight.”
At first, Wright said he thought one of the deer was dead and called Fish and Wildlife.
Scott Kallweit, sergeant for Calgary’s Fish and Wildlife district, answered the call.
“It was pretty dynamic in terms of them moving around and bouncing around,” Kallweit said. “I knew they had a lot of energy. It was a good possibility that they were probably not going to get separated by themselves.”
Kallweit said tranquillizing the animals crossed his mind, but he said that could have meant a deadly outcome.
“You run the risk of having one immobilized deer while the other one still full of life,” he said. “Being the only officer on scene, that was a limiting option.”
Kallweit grabbed his 12 gauge shotgun, which was loaded with slugs.
His first and only shot hit the antlers of one of the deer, which separated them.
Kallweit said it was the best possible outcome.
“As an officer, we do enjoy seeing these animals run free and we hope for the best that they survived,” Kallweit said.
He has the piece of antler he shot off and said since deer are losing their antlers this time of year, it won’t mean any long-term damage for the animal.
Wright said it is great to know the deer get a second chance.