I almost stepped on this gray fox in my set this morning before I realized I even caught anything. Here is the picture of how it was laying. Sorry for the blurry picture. It was stiff when I got there and not warm at all. The trap held the foot nicely with absolutely zero damage to the animal. However, the only blood I could find was a spot about the size of a pencil's eraser on the lower belly. At first I was holding my breath to find it all torn to pieces underneath by a coyote but I see no sings of this. As you can see there was a catch circle so the fox was alive for some time. I only ever caught a dead fox one other time and I think it froze to death a few years back in a cold, high wind hurricane and that was obviously not the case last night. Any insight would be appreciated.
Coyote. Have had two killed by them where they just suffocated them and just left small bite marks on their throats. I had tracks for evidence though. Have seen them destroy them too, as I'm sure you have.
i caught an old sow coon once that had no teeth left, a bob tail and ears and a wooly hide. she was dead in the trap right across the road from the house. i always figured she just got worked up and had a heart attack.