California is home to an almost countless number of creatures, but perhaps none cooler than the mountain lion.
While their territory runs almost the entirety of the Americas (From southern Alaska to the southernmost part of Chile), California is home to one of the biggest populations in the United States, with an estimate of 4,000 to 6,000 in the wild, according to the California Department of Fish & Wildlife.
The Golden State is also home to a much sought after population of deer, by both humans and lions, the mule deer. They tend to weight between 100 and 220 pounds, so they are a bit larger than the more popular and well known white-tailed deer.
Each mountain lion eats around 48 “deer sized animals” per year, which puts the total number of deer consumed by mountain lions alone, just in California, at around 192,000 to 288,000 per year.
Safe to say, the lions typically win these battles…
But the CDFW gave us a treat a few years back when they released some vintage footage of a mule deer not only escaping the attack of a fully grown lion, but getting in its share of licks as well.
Really cool stuff.
Of course, the lion has to eat too, can’t deny that, but I don’t know what it is that makes people tend to root for the underdog… Maybe we’ve all seen Rocky a few too many times.
Rutting Arizona Mule Deer Bucks Face Off In Brutal Fight To The Death Over A Doe
A lot of people think deer hunting is a brutal hobby, and for anybody that just doesn’t like the thought of killing an animal, that perfectly fair. It’s not for everybody.
But I will say this… a clean shot through the heart is FAR less brutal than what can happen in the wild.
Exhibit A: These two mule deer in Arizona.
Recorded by MuleyBull Outfitters during a hunt in Arizona, these two rutting mule deer go toe-to-toe in a brutal fight to the death, although it’s clear from the beginning, older buck seems to be well over-matched by the younger, more powerful buck.
This fight began over a doe, except when the older buck was done fighting, the younger buck wasn’t having it.
Long story short: You mess with this buck’s woman, you don’t get to leave with your life.
We could probably do without the goofy dramatic music, but if you’re looking for a front-row seat the savagery of nature, look no further.