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One of my bait roosters was killed and his insides were eaten and his head was still atatched and was pulled as far as his tie cord would let it also it was covered up with dirt and leaves. So what kind of predator does this? Any info is appreciated. Thanks in advance YFIS


January 18th, 2012, 7:15 pm
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So he eats the insides first then buries it too to come back later...wow...hmmmm..its the bury part that bothers me..it must mean that it wasnt strong enough to carry off the chicken...my geuss is weasel..


January 18th, 2012, 8:53 pm
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Weasels are blood drinkers. Only time I had something still attached to a cord it was a possum. The reason I know this is because the dog got him the next night. ;)

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January 18th, 2012, 8:57 pm
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maybe coon


January 18th, 2012, 9:06 pm
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A coon would've been able to pull the carcass off the tiecord, leaving only the leg the tiecord was attached to. Coyotes will take the entire bird, sometimes breaking the tiecord at the hitch. I wouldn't think a possum would bury part of the kill. Maybe a fox?


January 18th, 2012, 9:56 pm
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Years ago, I typically had a rooster (that otherwise would have been culled), that was kept on a barrel and positioned closest to the typical point of the attack from predators usually, a scapegoat of sorts. He was DOA one morning, and pulled west towards the woods, as far as the rubber cord would permit, partially eaten, and somewhat covered as well as leaves and grass availible permitted. Anyway, I was waiting the next night with my nightvision equipped 17HMR, a grey fox came from thier usual direction the southeast, and as soon as it got downwind of the dead rooster, croutched down, and began nervously started a semi circluar zig-zag course investigating the source. I knew this fox wasn't responsible (they never have been historically HERE), so continued to focus on the direction the barrel, cord, and rooster pointed towards, as the grey continued to investigate. Suddenly, large red boldy ran out of the woods, and went directly to the dead rooster and renewed it's attempts to take the carcass with it, shaking it like a terrier playing with a toy. The shot was a clean headshot, the only way the 17 HMR is effective against larger predators, and only about an eighty yard shot.
I've also observed at other times, red fox actually crotched down at the edge of the woods, waiting for the rooster to come out of the barrel at dawn. After having it happen once, I started picking them up, before they struck.
I've long since, stopped using barrels. The picture was posted here before


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January 18th, 2012, 10:04 pm
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Bob cats bury their kills where do you live, if you have cats in the area that would be my best guess

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January 18th, 2012, 11:16 pm
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imma go with a fox.just looked up info and foxes tend to kill and eat a little and bury to hide it and save it for another time.


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Thank-you everyone for your replies, I think it's a fox just havn't seen one over here in a long time, just surprised how it try to cover the cock up. If it comes back it will be it's last time. YFIS


January 19th, 2012, 9:49 am
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yeah, fox doing their job correctly aren't going to let you see them, but that is easily corrected with relatively inexspensive Gen I NV, certainly not the best, but gets the job DONE, trust me. Where money no object I'd have later generation on a flat top AR-15


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