Who done it?

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  1. pab1

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    While fishing last week I came across this scene. An empty turtle shell, a dead bird (young magpie?) and clumps of hair from a cottontail. This is along a small creek several miles from pine forest. My first guess was either a mink or a raccoon. I've never heard of either of them carrying their prey to the same spot to eat though. Any ideas?

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    Any big cats, bobcat or cougar in the area?
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    A voo-doo ritual most likely ;)
     
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    Them meddling kids..
     
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    A love triangle gone horrible wrong.:33:
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    It was the turtle. It killed the rabbit and magpie. It hated living in it's shell so hence the killing....the turtle made a fur coat and pants out of the rabbit hide and a feather boa out of the magpie and shucked it's shell off as it jumped into its new duds. Keep an eye out along the river bank because it's pimpingist reptile out there at the moment.
     
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    Obviously a Bunny Attack.
     
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    any scat with little bones? if so, i'd say a big owl or other big bird of prey ...
     
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    I suggest it was Professor Plum, in the woods, with the candlestick.
     
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    Great answers! :dblthumb:

    Definitely. We occasionally get lions in town. A bobcat did cross my mind.

    I didn't notice any scat or pellets but I didn't spend a lot of time looking either. There's a good population of great horned owls in this area as well as smaller owls, eagles, hawks and osprey.
     
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    The more I think about it a bobcat makes sense. My guess would be that the cat caught the turtle first. There's a good population of cottontails in the area. While the cat was working on the "turtle puzzle" a rabbit could have passed by becoming dinner.

    The cat could have bedded nearby resting after its meal or went back to working on the turtle. The magpie could have come along to pick at the remains of the cottontail only to be killed by the cat. That would explain all three being so close together. Its the most likely explanation I can think of.

    I think the explanation above would be worthy of a Law & Order SVU (Streamside Victims Unit) episode. :dblthumb:
     
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    [/QUOTE]I think the explanation above would be worthy of a Law & Order SVU (Streamside Victims Unit) episode. :dblthumb:[/QUOTE]

    Chuckle/snort
     
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    Pretty sure it was @Primordial . He eats stuff like that all the time and if you have noticed, he hasn't been posting much lately.

    Except to brag about the bat he harvested for supper.



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    Look up. Raptor perch near by?
     
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    This reminds me of a few days ago, while riding my 4-wheeler on the hunting lease, I noticed several downy feathers hanging up in the underbrush. Started looking around and found several large hawk feathers and blood on the ground underneath a large pine tree. There was a leafy nest in the pine approx. 30' above the pile of feathers. I'm thinking something, but what?, caught the hawk on the nest and consumed it. Still scratching my head.
     
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    Not at that spot.
     
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    I was out for a walk Sunday morning and found a vertabra and rib with some fish meat attached to it on the trail. I figure it was probably one of the local bald eagles or ospreys out doing raptor stuff.
     
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