So I have a mystery on my hands. A murder mystery. One of my Campbell ducks (Fro, female) was found this evening at lights out pulled halfway through the electric mesh fence with her neck picked clean of flesh, head still present. It happened somewhere between 3pm and 5pm during daylight. My initial thought was raccoon due to her being so forcefully pulled through the fence (she's still caught in the fence; I am going to have to cut the fence to free her body in the morning), but the kill seemed so tidy (for lack of a better word) my gut says it's something else. The feathers were all pulled out in a neat little pile near the carcass and the neck is completely stripped of flesh, but the head is still attached. I should also add that my dogs went AWOL today just before this mystery incident. My older dog never leaves the yard, but today something tempted her to leave the yard and give chase through the forest. This is completely out of character for her. I was shocked and dismayed and confused as to what could have possibly gotten her to abandon her post. The dogs were found prior to the murder and spent the rest of the day in doggie jail, so they have an alibi for the time of the murder. In retrospect I think that something was out lurking near the coops and the dogs gave chase. I thanked them by locking them in their crates for the remainder of the day when I got my hands on them. As far as suspects go, I've got them all except mountain lions. I think the most likely culprits would be raccoons, weasels or minks. I am curious as to how strong a mink or weasel is. The duck was pulled so far through the fence that there had to be some sheer brute strength involved in the process, but it was also such a neat and tidy murder scene that I am confused as to what may have been the culprit. A trap will be set and baited with Fro parts as soon as I can remove Fro from the fence. Her funeral is being held shortly thereafter. Any guesses as to what I may be catching?