The gloves came off at Tomar Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where two deer went hoof to hoof in rarely seen footage of bucks gone wild. According to Keloland Television, “When bucks don’t have antlers to fight with, they stand straight up on their hind legs and battle with razor-sharp hooves.” Apparently, it is not uncommon to see as many as 40 deer congregating at the park during the evening hours, and things apparently aren’t always peaceful, as you might expect with deer.
“What they’re trying to do is establish dominance or hierarchy in the herd,” Game, Fish and Parks Wildlife biologist Julie DeJong said. “Things have changed over the wintertime. Some animals that were dominant might have died, might have gotten hit by a car or shot in the hunt and so they need to be replaced, so the animals are working toward getting those things settled again.”
DeJong, who witnessed the fight, said battles in the spring don’t last as long as antler fights in the fall, and that’s why it’s rare to actually see them. “Most people don’t get to see something like that very often, and you don’t find a lot of pictures of that either on the Internet, so it was exciting to see,” DeJong said.