|The remains of a Fox Squirrel, the largest species of tree squirrel in Michigan.|
This picture was taken in the backyard of a medium size Mid-Western city.
|Slightly different view|
My guess is a raccoon. A coyote would have carried it away or eaten the entire beast.
Any other guesses?
Agree, probably a coon.ReplyDelete
Are you assuming that it is a road kill that the coon picked up after dark and carried over to the back yard?--kenReplyDelete
Or picked off while sleeping.Delete
Coons like to eat the heads.
Could be. It seems unlikely to me that a coon could catch a squirrel even at night, but I'm no coon expert as I never had a lot of problems with them so I didn't have to be. Fox also consider the head a delicacy and will strip away the ribs to eat the innards as was done here.. --kenReplyDelete
Hawk or owl?ReplyDelete
Large cat. I've got a cat that thrives on what he catches. I thought his first squirrel was an aberration. It wasn't. He's known for following a squirrel up a tree and bringing it out for dinner. He developed a notorious reputation in the RV park we were living in.ReplyDelete
Cat would have taken it away to stash for later, I am thinking. So it's either cat, interrupted, owl if it's under a tree, or 'coon. Also, I'm thinking an owl would have ripped it up a bit more, they're tearers not chompers.ReplyDelete