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First lost bird. Warning: graphic pictures

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Hello all, first off my wife has been obsessed with and references your site more often than i can keep track of. Y'all are so Informative i have not had a reason to post here until now! So thank you for that. Unfortunately the wife and i left today for less than an hour, still daylight. As dusk came around the wife went to lockup or coop and noticed one bird missing, her favorite. :-( she located the body and i looked for signs of what took her. There were two locations i found feathers, the first only a few small feathers. The second where the birds body lay. Not much damage to the bird at all with the exception of missing feathers where i found two holes in her back. I immediately thought someone had shot her, however i didn't find any lead in the wound on her side/back. I'm attaching two pictures, one up close of the wound. I assume a dog attack would have done more damage. Also i couldn't locate any prints in the area she died. We love in western Michigan so big cats are not option. I was too busy consoling the wife to get daylight pictures so i do apologize. Again thank you all so very much for the helpful site and i look forward to your input!
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I wouldn't rule out a dog, and having the attack happen in daylight, it's the likely culprit.  It's not uncommon for dogs to kill and leave the animal laying.  The damage from dogs often comes from shaking their prey more than the puncture wounds.  It could be something else, but until there is evidence pointing elsewhere, I'd be on the watch for a roaming dog...

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Owen, thank you for the feedback. Unfortunately I didn't notice I double posted in the forum. Any idea how to remove this one?
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