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Sun May 24, 2020, 10:58 PM

Forensic scientists caught a deer munching on a human carcass for the first time ever

Forensic scientists caught a deer munching on a human carcass for the first time ever

It’s gruesome, but could help investigations
Sarah Fecht
By Sarah Fecht
May 5, 2017

https://www.popsci.com/deer-eating-human-remains/

Warning: the photos at site may be disturbing for some people.

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In July 2014, researchers left a body in a wooded part of FARF. They wanted to learn about how different scavengers leave their marks on human remains, so they set up a motion-sensitive camera to see who would stop by. In this part of Texas, it's not unusual to see foxes, turkey vultures, raccoons, coyotes, and other carrion-gobblers picking at a corpse. But after a few months, someone new came to the table.

On January 5, 2015, the camera caught a glimpse of a young white-tailed deer standing near the skeleton with a human rib bone in its mouth. Then it happened again on January 13—the camera caught a deer with another rib sticking out of its mouth like a cigar. It’s not clear whether it was the same deer in both cases, but it's certainly possible first one came back for seconds.

It is not, however, the first time we've seen deer violating their vegetarian diets. In fact, they're known to have a taste for blood. Previously they've been spotted eating fish, bats, and dead rabbits. Scientists think deer and other herbivores may occasionally seek out flesh to get minerals—such as phosphorus, salt, and calcium—that may be missing from their regular diets, especially in wintertime.

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Although it’s likely rare for deer to munch on human remains, being able to recognize the signs of ungulate gnawing may help investigators pinpoint where a body came from and how long it’s been dead—which could help turn a mysteriously mangled crime scene into a solved case.



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Reply Forensic scientists caught a deer munching on a human carcass for the first time ever (Original post)
marble falls May 24 OP
mbusby May 24 #1
The Velveteen Ocelot May 24 #2
marble falls May 24 #3
Laffy Kat May 25 #6
SCantiGOP May 24 #4
Laffy Kat May 25 #5
mike_c May 25 #7
The Velveteen Ocelot May 25 #8
mike_c May 25 #14
SCantiGOP May 25 #9
csziggy May 25 #13
Buckeye_Democrat May 25 #10
safeinOhio May 25 #11
marble falls May 25 #12
Initech May 29 #15

Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 11:10 PM

1. Oh my....

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 11:12 PM

2. That would be a weird sight - a deer gnawing on a human rib bone.

I wonder if anybody has done a horror movie about man-eating deer rampaging through campsites and deer stands?

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Sun May 24, 2020, 11:17 PM

3. There are photos at the link. Its .... unexpected.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #2)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:04 AM

6. I would totally watch that movie, LOL.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Sun May 24, 2020, 11:54 PM

4. That's it

Next chance I get, I’m shooting Bambi.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:02 AM

5. Interesting.

It appeared to be munching on the ribcage. As the article notes, I would think it was after the calcium and phosphorus.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:05 AM

7. lots of herbivores are facultative carnivores

There's a fairly famous photo of a cow eating a rabbit that I use in my ecology lectures. Google "cow eating rabbit" to see it. Most grazing herbivores eat plenty of insects and other small animals while they graze. Years ago, I rounded a curve on a rural road in Utah and saw something road killed in the middle of the road. Before I reached it a squirrel popped up out of the carcass and dove into the weeds. Protein is protein.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #7)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:21 AM

8. But did the cow hunt and kill the rabbit, or just scavenge a dead one?

It's hard for me to imagine cows hunting.

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Response to The Velveteen Ocelot (Reply #8)

Mon May 25, 2020, 07:07 PM

14. presumably the latter

The same is true of deer eating meat. It's opportunistic.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #7)

Mon May 25, 2020, 12:37 AM

9. So now I can add

being eaten by a deer, cow or squirrel to the things I can worry about?
I’m never coming out of my house again.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #7)

Mon May 25, 2020, 04:35 PM

13. I just wrote a post about squirrels eating baby birds

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181364043#post7

So squirrels don't just eat road kill, they will eat other things that are small enough for them to handle.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 01:58 AM

10. I'm not too surprised.

Other "herbivores" like horses will quickly gobble down a ham sandwich and other meats if given the chance.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Mon May 25, 2020, 02:10 AM

11. Thanks, last Saturday

I was headed out to go fishing. It was 6:15 and I was only going 45 in a 55 zone because so many animals were out at that time. A young 4 point in velvet jumped out in front of me and I hit it. Been driving for for 50 years and that's the first time I've really hit one. He had hit the corner of the van and it split his head open between his antlers and he died.

Gave up on fishing before I could get the boat in the water. Thru the poor thing in the boat and headed home. Had some steaks tonight and pretty tasty. On my 2 acres I have lots of bird feeding stations. A first, having vultures visit, lots of crows and waiting for the local pair of eagles to stop by for the gut pile.

Now I feel a little better and please don't judge me.

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Response to safeinOhio (Reply #11)

Mon May 25, 2020, 08:29 AM

12. Nope. Not at all. Back in the old days if you hit a deer on the highway and grabbed it ...

in Ohio it was a serious violation, but the staties would take hit deer to counties homes and state hospitals.

If we kill something we ought to at least not waste it.

In Iowa if you hit deer you can field dress it and bury the gut pile in the ditch. At least that was the law in the 90's.

In Texas the buzzards get them.

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Response to marble falls (Original post)

Fri May 29, 2020, 03:01 PM

15. Well when I asked if this year couldn't get any worse...

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