Well, the deer who had been hit by the car didn’t live even 24 hours.  So what to do with him?  We thought about burying him, but decided to deal with it as if we hadn’t intervened.  Brad, one of the lead carpenters on the Sticks and Stones crew is an avid outdoorsman, and he drug the body up into the woods  for it to return to the earth in the way it would if it had died a natural death.  He put a game camera on a nearby tree to record what happens.

The most remarkable picture, perhaps, is of this huge bobcat.  It looks half the size of the deer!

Bobcat

Bobcat

Most all the pictures taken at night were of raccoons.  Several of the pictures had the big cat in them as well.  So for those of you who think that raccoons only eat garbage, bird seed and dog food off your porch, here is documented contrary proof.  The raccoons pretty much only came at night.

Raccoons

Raccoons

And then of course are your usual suspects –

Vulture and Crow

Vulture and Crow

Neighbor's dogs

Neighbor's dogs

The dogs drug the carcass out of range of the camera, so we weren’t able to document the rest of the process, where the mice are fed too.

We’ve got several game cameras set up all around the house site to catch 2-legged predators if they just so happen to wander in uninvited when no one else is around.  Just found this week some bear scat near the house – might have to check those cameras to see if we got any pictures of him.  We’ve seen him.