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Old 01-31-2024, 10:43 PM   #1
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Default Trail camera overlooking a deer carcass

One of our dogs found a dead deer just 100 meters from the house laying in the snow. We set a trail camera on it for almost a week. About 560 photos later, here's what the camera picked up:

Day Time: Ravens and hawks would pick on the carcass. Whenever a hawk would arrive, the ravens would leave.

Night Time: Coyotes would arrive. Usually 2 at a time. One would overwatch while the other one ate. The coyotes were surprisingly large, perhaps 60 pounds. They were very skittish. When the coyotes were gone, possums would take over.
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Road kill a few doors up from me here a racoon or some poor guy met his maker. Watched the buzzards show up for a snack and suddenly they got real skittish.
A huge beautiful bald eagle glided in and those buzzards didn't fly off but knew to back off while the eagle ate. So much food for the eagle to catch and eat around here I did not think they would eat something deceased.
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Road kill a few doors up from me here a racoon or some poor guy met his maker. Watched the buzzards show up for a snack and suddenly they got real skittish.
A huge beautiful bald eagle glided in and those buzzards didn't fly off but knew to back off while the eagle ate. So much food for the eagle to catch and eat around here I did not think they would eat something deceased.
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Bald eagles are beautiful creatures. Wife and I were walking the dogs just yesterday and saw a pair fly pretty close overhead. I never get tired of seeing them.
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The carcass is almost gone. Coyotes have been eating on it almost every night. My retired DNR buddy says they'll start at the back and work their way up to the head. He said given enough time, they'll even devour the bones. Coyotes are cleaning up what would otherwise be a big mess. You'll never catch me shooting them.

The trail camera is actually spooking them at times. I think there's a little light that shines when it records at night. You can see them suddenly run away in the middle of a video.
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The carcass is almost gone. Coyotes have been eating on it almost every night. My retired DNR buddy says they'll start at the back and work their way up to the head. He said given enough time, they'll even devour the bones. Coyotes are cleaning up what would otherwise be a big mess. You'll never catch me shooting them.

The trail camera is actually spooking them at times. I think there's a little light that shines when it records at night. You can see them suddenly run away in the middle of a video.
Africa somewhere I would have to look it up the citizens started killing and roasting and eating vultures. I guess turkeys at the store got to expensive.
Bad idea as dead animals and garbage started piling up. Diseases went viral and the govt. had to tell the idiots they were going to all die if they didn't stop killing the vultures.
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Africa somewhere I would have to look it up the citizens started killing and roasting and eating vultures. I guess turkeys at the store got to expensive.
Bad idea as dead animals and garbage started piling up. Diseases went viral and the govt. had to tell the idiots they were going to all die if they didn't stop killing the vultures.
My opinion of vultures remains unchanged. They're Mother Nature's clean up crew (just like coyotes). You'll never catch me shooting one.

The deer carcass is a thin collection of hide, fur, tendons and bone. It has been dragged about 30' from its original location. Not much left. Wife has been bugging me to drag it away and bury it. I'm purposefully delaying knowing that by June there will be nothing left but some bones.
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