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Y'know how cats sometimes...

...leave their kill for their human family members?

I'm not sure I really want to know what wild animal around Toad Woods has decided I'm family. Or what other reason it had for leaving a gnawed-off deer leg at my door sometime on Monday night or Tuesday. And some other bone, too, a scapula or something similar.

When I found the deer leg Tuesday evening, I moved it and the other bone to the far side of the driveway, underneath the shrub-like tree at the outside corner. I figured I'd take some more pictures and do something more permanent with the deer remains in daylight.

But whatever left it, one of its kin, or some other scavenger removed it overnight. I suppose I should be grateful for that. Mostly, I'm just plain curious.

Coyotes seem most likely, either scavenging bones from a dead deer or actually taking one down. But bringing its food right up next to the house? Close enough that the hoof and the lower part of the leg was on the doormat?

The deer wasn't killed here -- there's no blood and I only found those couple of parts. There are lots of animal tracks in the snow across the front yard, some more than usual, but then it's not usual for snow to stick around for so long.

Mostly, I'm grateful that I noticed there was something by the door as I pulled out of the garage to run an errand Tuesday evening, then checked it out when I returned home. That was much less startling than opening the door and just finding it there.


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Mar. 6th, 2014 12:19 am (UTC)
Maybe a fox? We haven't had animal bits left for us, but we did find some odd poop near our front door that was definitely not cat, dog, deer, raccoon, or small-critter-produced. The only thing I can think of is a fox. The wildlife around here is getting a bit desperate; this is the first year we've been here that we could legitimately use the term "snow pack." The ground has been covered most of the winter and temps have been unseasonably low. I've seen foxes dart across the front yard more than once.
Mar. 10th, 2014 03:28 am (UTC)
Coyotes seem more likely than fox, but fox are certainly among the possibilities.
Mar. 6th, 2014 04:07 am (UTC)
I'd personally be glad they were not human parts. 'Cause then it might feel more like a warning.
Mar. 10th, 2014 03:27 am (UTC)
There are many, many reasons I'm glad they were not human parts.
Mar. 6th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
Wow! Holy *Godfather*, except fortunately not in your bed.
Mar. 10th, 2014 03:28 am (UTC)
And not the deer's head. Much to be thankful for, eh?
Mar. 7th, 2014 12:47 am (UTC)

Take a photo of the footprints? They can ID the critter.

Mar. 7th, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)

Take a photo of the footprints? They can ID the critter.

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