I would be interested to hear if anyone has an idea as to what did this.
Firstly, a little background.
I found these remains of a young Doe, in December, in a field, about thirty yards from the edge of a wood. I would guesstimate its live weight as having been around the fifteen kilo mark.
The weather was cold, as can be seen from the slight dusting of snow, and the remains were chilled, not frozen, but very cold.
My first thoughts were that it had been poached, as the strip of woodland is adjacent to a quiet road.
There was what I thought was a wound by the right eye, and a possible bullet exit wound, just below the right ear.
What has me puzzled is the total lack of any hair, skin, guts, etc. anywhere near the remains.
No visible prints or disturbance around it.
As can be seen in the picture, the ribs on the righthand side have been sheared off close to the backbone. Both front legs were missing.
No damage at all to the haunches.
As well as the usual suspects, Fox, and Badger, there are Wildcats resident on the ground.
When I found it, there was a buzzard on it, and a crow, cawing for all it was worth, overhead. Neither of them had been there long, as it was first light. The eyes were untouched, so easier picking were available straight off the bat, so to speak.
After a taking a few pictures, I moved the remains from the field, and into the edge of the wood.
I do intend to have a look for the head, next time I am there, just to see if there are any bullet holes, but the chances of it still being there are slim, I would say.
Your thoughts/ideas would be welcome.