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    Very strange find on the commute this morning

    I've accumulated a little over 6k miles riding and commuting, I found the most bizarre thing on the side of the bike path this morning. It was raining, I should have stopped and snapped a pic.

    It was A SEVERED DEER HEAD. Just the head and a few inches of spinal column. Ugh.
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    Was this within city limits or in a county? It could be a poached animal (not sure what season it is). Contact the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife, or the county animal control, and file a report. It could also be a coyote or big cat kill.

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    Oh my dog, that's um...scary....

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    That is rather disturbing. Did you look closely enough to see if it was done by an animal or a human?
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    Actually in Missouri now...Springfield. The head is in the middle of the city, city park. I posted it locally. Most saying it was probably city poachers. Apparently very common here. Totally jacked up.
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    You didn't strap it to your rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    You didn't strap it to your rack?
    No straps with me this morning.
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    was it done sloppily as if by monkey, or neatly as if by man?

    Shoulda strapped it to the handlebars, would have looked bad ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeCOLORADO View Post
    No straps with me this morning.
    I always carry straps with me. Commuting through Belmont( uber ritzy) I found an alum rockhopper complete that I knew would fit my daughter. Strapped it to my back with 2 big loops, supporting the crank with one hand. Everyone gave me a wide berth on the MUP.

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    Same loop this morning, still there. Something's been working on it, I'd say possum.

    And it is a buck, horns were sawed off.

    Very strange find on the commute this morning-deerhead.jpg
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    Very strange find on the commute this morning

    I got lost pre riding a trail for a race an saw a decapitated deer... Wasn't close enough nor did I want to get close enough to see if it was a clean cut or not. Next time I will have to take pics.


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    I have encountered deer parts that were obvious signs of predation. I have a picture somewhere (pre-digital) of a fawn that had been disembowled. When I passed by the spot again not 15min later, it was gone. This one most definitely is not. Urban poaching is not a surprise to me. With the antlers cut off, even more likely. BTW, the biologist in me SCREAMED when I read "horns". Horns are structurally similar to hair and are usually not shed, while antlers are bone and usually are shed.

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    Natehawk, I thought the same thing. We had to know all of those types of true horns or antlers for mammology this semester. Funny thing is that we just went over ungulate diversity tonight. I try to accept colloquial usage of the term horn. My favorite subject is botany, and I'm still tripped up by having used those terms incorrectly for so long. Like thorns for anything that is a thorn, spine, or prickle.

    Poaching is no surprise for me in Missouri. I'm not too far from there, and visit the more southern parts of the state from time to time to visit my girlfriend's family. They really don't care if it's in season or not. They'll kill it if they can. Usually if it's just ubiquitous species I could care less of it's their property. One time her stepbrother was shooting soft shell turtles and she and I both flipped out. She's studying ecology, too, so he got a double dose of that. Shoulda called the lil bastard in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    I always carry straps with me. Commuting through Belmont( uber ritzy) I found an alum rockhopper complete that I knew would fit my daughter. Strapped it to my back with 2 big loops, supporting the crank with one hand. Everyone gave me a wide berth on the MUP.
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