Back in September, 2007, I wrote a post entitled A Head Shed? , wherein I mused about finding a complete deer skull (including the racks) in one of our pastures. I opined that the buck may have been taken down by a pack of coyotes, whereas several commentators posited that the deer may have been struck by a vehicle, or wounded by a hunter far from our property, eventually to wander over here to die.
Well, that post was back in September, 2007. This past March (2008), while hiking along in the “back forty”, Gracie happened upon this buck skeleton (pictured above). The bones were picked clean, and mostly scattered in the immediate area.
Since that second skeletal find in March, I have located two additional complete skulls on the property, bringing the grand total to four – all discovered within the past six months.
Considering that the closest paved road is about 2 miles distant from where these remains were found, I think it is highly improbable that all the deer were struck by a distant automobile and wandered, dazed and disoriented, onto our property to die. One incident, perhaps – but four? I doubt that vehicular mishaps explain my finds.
It seems strange to me that each of the skeletons I have found is a full grown buck. I wonder if there is any significance to this, or is it just an improbable coincidence?
Anyhow, no matter what the cause of the demise of these unfortunate Odocoileus virginianus, don’t you think this is an astonishingly bad toupee?