|Rib bones still attached to the steer carcass with their surface shredded|
Monday, January 31, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
|Two coyotes working the carcass on the night of Day 2.|
On Day 2 of my dead-steer observations, I watched from the backyard with binoculars as ravens landed on the carcass and frequently flew off again throughout the morning. By high noon, the cattle were peacefully grazing in the Golf Tee pasture near the carcass so I decided it was safe to check the wildlife camera. When I opened the sheep gate to the Golf Tee, the living cattle looked up and trotted out of view.
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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
|Deer skull in the Bone Yard|
There's a field below the house I call the Bone Yard. On the edge of a dark oak forest, it is littered with a collection of white-grey bones old enough to have been separated and scattered into what I imagine are chewing piles. Bones of a large cow, several deer and even a coyote skull suggest that this is some type of wildlife 'killing zone'.
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