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TonyL 21-Sep-20
BackStraps 21-Sep-20
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From: TonyL
21-Sep-20

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this was the last photo of her alive
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this was the last photo of her alive
i went to do some last minute preparations at my stand this morning and not 10ft from the base of my stand laid this deer. what do you think killed her? no sign of struggle, no blood, she kicked her feet before she died and cleared the leaves out from around her, but that’s it. if it were a predator you’d think they would’ve eaten her. i’m assuming the wound on her neck is from scavengers because there was no blood on the ground

her coat was patchy with big bald spots, is this indicative of any particular disease?

From: BackStraps
21-Sep-20
Looks like either vampires or COVID.

From: Surfbow
21-Sep-20
EHD?

From: 4nolz@work
21-Sep-20
Normal shedding of summer coat hair is normal

From: Screwball
21-Sep-20
Brain looks intact so not Zombies!

21-Sep-20
Stomach ailment? Puncture, or small bullet to the stomach? You near a road?

From: TonyL
21-Sep-20
i looked for any bullet holes, nothing obvious. its a pretty good ways from the road, but anything is possible.

From: Scoot
21-Sep-20
COVID obviously!

From: Bentstick54
21-Sep-20
Poison? Anybody maybe not wanting you hunting there? Find any other dead animals around? Deer, coon, squirrels etc. The way she is hunched up I would consider sever stomach issue of some kind maybe.

From: Woods Walker
21-Sep-20
Maybe she had dirt on Hillary!

From: Tlhbow
21-Sep-20
Did she smell ? What's the dark object in the photo .

From: JL
21-Sep-20
Gunshot wound or caught in some barb wire?

From: Tlhbow
21-Sep-20
Is there a connection between that buck in the other post taken 45 minutes after the last pic of her alive,

From: petedrummond
22-Sep-20
Large dog or coyote killed by suffocation. Heart stopped then bite occurred. Ran off when you came. Small animals usually start at anus nose lips and eyes to try to open up cavity.

From: RIT
22-Sep-20
Is she eating at a corn pile in the trail cam photo?

From: Treeline
22-Sep-20
Bobcat

From: 4nolz@work
22-Sep-20
I wondered how close to road too

From: GhostBird
22-Sep-20
Dog or coyote would be my guess. Maybe a large bobcat or the Clintons.

22-Sep-20
The same thing that ultimately kills most living things. Lack of oxygen to the brain. Sorry, I couldn't resist

From: GF
22-Sep-20
Canids usually start at the rest; going for the throat like that is more of a Cat Thing.

I know I have spoken up about reducing the amount of gore in hero shots, but in this case I think there would be something to be said for getting a good look at that wound to the throat… Not that it is probably still in the same condition a day later. Hoping just maybe the OP has a close-up?

“ no sign of struggle, no blood, she kicked her feet before she died and cleared the leaves out from around her, but that’s it.”

That could well be signs of a struggle by a deer being pinned to the ground by the throat.

I’m kinda leaning towards a very large cat, but to close the case you’d want tracks, scat, or cat DNA from saliva in the wound.

From: Boatman71
22-Sep-20
The Ranch Fairy strikes again.

From: Ambush
22-Sep-20
Looks like she was wounded somehow, not by a predator, then died there. Birds or a small animal took advantage of the open wound for a snack. Ravens and crows go in from the anus unless there is already an opening. Coyotes and wolves start at the rear. Cats go for the guts first.

It is odd that there's no blood pool at the scene. Neck ripped open by fence wire and died from septicemia?

From: Hancock West
22-Sep-20
whats the animal in the picture with her?

From: Live2Hunt
22-Sep-20
In Colorado elk hunting, we got to know a sheep herder up in the mountains where we hunt. He said the coyotes were good at ripping the throats out of the sheep and not eating them. After he said that, I would look around as I hunted and found actually quite a few dead sheep with there throats ripped out like that. Wolve's, yotes, dogs don't just kill to eat. This has been proven by biologists following wolf packs.

22-Sep-20
Yote

From: RIT
22-Sep-20
Is she eating at a corn pile in the trail cam photo?

From: Keith
22-Sep-20
Maybe have a biologist or vet look at her. Otherwise, everything is a guess.

From: Highlife
22-Sep-20
Chuck Norris enuff said

From: Wild Bill
22-Sep-20
Internal bleeding. Vehicle contact damaged internal organs and possibly the neck wound.

Interesting look to the tarsal gland on one leg, possibly an old break?

From: GF
22-Sep-20
Good eye, Bill - does look a bit twisted.

Always a crapshoot if you don’t do a necro....

From: Pete-pec
22-Sep-20
Chupacabra! All previous guesses are just that. The Chupacabra is a bloodsucking devil animal.

From: South Farm
23-Sep-20
Mercy killed her..

From: snyper31
23-Sep-20
Corn toxicity

From: huntr4477
23-Sep-20
I agree with Pete-pec. Chupacabra.They are known to drain all the blood from their victims. :)

From: Altizer
24-Sep-20
EHD more than likely. How far from a road, possibly injured by a vehicle. The wound is definitely post mortem.

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