On Monday morning Billings resident Scott Nielsen saw this mule deer buck and hurried home to get his camera.
The deer was between Alkali Creek Road and Hilltop Lane on Senator's Boulevard in the Heights at around 8:30 a.m. "He was thrashing his antlers on a little pine tree, trying to get the lights off," Nielsen said. "I wished I could have helped him. But he still had enough energy to chase the does around." Male deer will often scrape trees with their antlers in a show of testosterone-fueled strength during the mating season, as well as to leave their scent behind. As a result, urban bucks have tangled their antlers in swing sets, clothes lines and even basketball hoops. "There's probably some homeowner who thinks some neighborhood kids pulled a prank on them and stole their lights," Nielsen said.