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Steve Lindbergwas walking his dog in the woods near Marquette, Mich., last weekend when he came across a deer with "a pretty nice set of antlers."
Experts say the whitetail buck may be unusual, but it appears to be perfectly healthy
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SteveLindbergwas walking his dog in the woods near Marquette, Mich., last weekend when he came across a deer with "a pretty nice set of antlers."
He snappeddozens of photos of the unusual creature, but it wasn't until he got home and looked at them more closelythat he realized he'd photographed arare three-antlered buck.
"When I first looked at it, [I thought it was] justa set of antlers that wasn't uniform on both sides," the retired legislator-turned-amateur wildlife photographer told As It Happens host Carol Off.
"But it turns out it was more than that."
Rare, but not unheard of
Once he realized what an unusual gem he'dcaptured, he proudly posted his photos on Facebook— where they drew a mix of praise and skepticism.
He soon found himself uploadingadditional photos — even the ones he didn't think were verygood — just to prove to the naysayers that the buck was real.
"Of course, the flat-Earthers are never going tobelieve I didn't Photoshop it," he said.
While a three-antlered deer is, indeed,rare — it's notunheard of.
Steve Edwards, a large animal vet at Michigan's Lakeview Animal Clinic,told the Detroit Free Press the buck is "probably a one-in-a-millionthing."
Reports of deer with extra antlers go back at least as far as1965, when researchers found one with anantler growing off its cheekbone, John Bruggink, a wildlife biologistat Northern Michigan University, told the Washington Post.
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He said the extra antler may be the result of damaged pedicels.Those are the bony structures that support the development of antlers. If they're damaged early in development, or if blood supply is restricted for some reason,that could impact how they grow, he said.
Both experts agree it's not likely causing the animal any distress. Edwards called the creature a "normal, healthy, good-looking buck."
As for Lindberg, he hopes it stays that way.
Hunting season starts Friday in Michigan, and it's perfectly legal to kill a whitetail deer, no matter how many antlers it has.
Fearing that hunters willsee the triple-set antlers as a tempting trophy, he says he's not telling people exactly where he spotted the animal.
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There used to be a time when Lindberg, himself, would wander the woods with a gun instead of a camera. But those days, he said, are long behind him.
"When I grewup hunting, you put on your hunting clothes and you went out in the woods and you looked for an animal," he said.
Once it became legal to lure animals with bait in Michigan, he says hunting lost its appeal.
"Some place along the line, I realized I didn't even like killing them anymore. The thrill was gone," he said. "But the thrill of the hunt is still there when I go out with the camera."
Written by Sheena Goodyear. Interview withSteven Lindbergproduced by Abby Plener.
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Regarding the article you mentioned, it discusses a rare three-antlered buck that was spotted by Steve Lindberg while he was walking his dog in the woods near Marquette, Michigan. The buck had a unique set of antlers, and Lindberg captured several photos of the creature. After examining the photos more closely, he realized that he had photographed a rare three-antlered buck.
While a three-antlered deer is rare, it is not unheard of. Experts have stated that it is probably a one-in-a-million occurrence. Reports of deer with extra antlers have been documented as far back as 1965. The extra antler may be the result of damaged pedicels, which are the bony structures that support the development of antlers. If the pedicels are damaged early in development or if the blood supply is restricted, it can impact how the antlers grow. However, experts agree that the extra antler is not likely causing any distress to the animal and that it is a normal, healthy buck.
Lindberg, the photographer who spotted the buck, hopes that it remains safe during hunting season, as it is legal to kill a whitetail deer in Michigan regardless of the number of antlers it has. To protect the buck from being targeted by hunters, Lindberg has chosen not to disclose the exact location where he spotted the animal.
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