Mule deer bucks and other male ungulates often behave as comrades rather than rivals ahead of the rut, and it’s not uncommon for them to band together.

These five bachelors were hanging out on the flats on state land in Fremont County last weekend, their attention focused on a nearby canine.

After a few moments of observation, the crew thought better of it, bounding  off for safer pastures.

Mike Koshmrl reports on Wyoming's wildlife and natural resources. Prior to joining WyoFile, he spent nearly a decade covering the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s wild places and creatures for the Jackson...

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