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White-Tailed Deer

Odocoileus virginianus

Description:

Gruesome photo of a dead deer which had gotten hung up in a tall tree when flood waters were very high. I do not know how this deer met its death. I assume it either tried to cross the flooded Mahoning Creek, got stuck in this tree and drowned or even snapped its neck in the struggle or if the body of an already dead deer was transported to this unusual location by the moving flood waters. Its rotting carcass hung there while various carrion eaters picked it apart until it was finally decomposed enough to lose hold and fall approximately 30 feet to the ground.

Habitat:

This location is owned by Pennsylvania's Army Corp of Engineers, who maintains the land for the purpose of flood control. Obviously, this image is after the flood waters receded.

Notes:

It is not my intention to offend. I posted this because I think it is very interesting.

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6 Comments

Jack Settle
Jack Settle 7 years ago

Sad but interesting; never seen anything like it!

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

An interesting spotting

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Poor thing. A good example of the impact natural events like flooding can have on wildlife.

Dawnloveszombie
Dawnloveszombie 7 years ago

That's a pretty cool find.

ChrisDellIsola
ChrisDellIsola 7 years ago

I agree. Very interesting!

Seema
Seema 7 years ago

nice observation...shows the power of natural disasters..

Dayton, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Apr 23, 2011
Submitted on Jan 3, 2013

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