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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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Murder Mystery

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.

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Re: Murder Mystery

some questions will be answered when you get it skinned.

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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 10:19 AM
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Was it possible someone shot it night hunting?
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Re: Murder Mystery

I'll have to check it out when I skin it tonight I don't think that is hunted at night at all and there was no excess blood anywhere not even on the ground.
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Re: Murder Mystery

Heart attack.


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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-27-2015, 12:22 PM
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Re: Murder Mystery

Could be that some squirrel hunter came upon the animal and tried a mercy shot to put it down.

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Re: Murder Mystery

Could have also been hit before it was trapped.

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The work of a Squatch I think.
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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.

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Re: Murder Mystery

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.

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