Stalked a Roe buck this evening and it had several bald patches although predominately on the middle of the back.
Prior to shooting it I watched its movements for approximately 20 minutes as it browsed the hedges and the behaviour was normal.
When I carried out the gralloch all the organs and lymph nodes appeared normal, the hooves and tongue also appeared normal. No other abnormalities were obvious on what seems/seemed a healthy animal.
Would it be plausible that the bald patches are simply excessive moulting exasperated by the deers movements through barbed wire fencing etc. resulting in bald patches and the several small cuts as seen in the images below?
Any advise or feed back would be appreciated.