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Just a wing found?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Going Quackers, Apr 29, 2016.

  1. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Found a wing of one my 'scovie this AM... thought the lab was nosing on to something with a tad to much interest lol.

    Ideas? when the coon got one my nesters in the round bales last year she was several feet away gutted out but i knew who she was.. of coarse foundation stock but moving on...

    I "think" this was a female due to the size of what was left that said could not be 100% sure.. the flock is big now, i get in who i can .. after that come nightfall and Muscovies horrendously broody prone behavior makes it hard.

    I think foxes snatch and grab, that has been my impression. I can find nothing more of her(or him) Wasn't far off my ewe and lamb pen and they would have gone berserk if it had been a bigger pred like the coyotes, wolves, puma that are around here, so not thinking those.

    ETA; The lab runs around with me all AM so she didn't haul the parts up...

    Thanks all!!
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2016

  2. Foxes, coyotes, bobcats, etc are grab and flee artist. They at least respect humans even if they don't appreciate what a human can do to them. I am unsure whether your Labrador Retriever hunted up this duck fragment or not. However I do think that it did. Labs are genetically programed to both pickup, and carry stuff around in their mouths as part of their retrieving instinct. If there are no piles of feathers or down present, that is not where your scovy met its maker. Both foxes and coyotes are raising young now so they often carry crippled prey to their dens then leave it on sight for their pups to gain practice hunting and killing prey. Of course a predator like an eagle would be more than capable of absconding with an adult Muscovy duck and because of the scarcely of flesh on duck wings, this part of the duck would be discarded by an eagle much like some people toss hamburger wrappers from the window of their auto or Native Americans tossed muscle shells on the river bank after the muscle was gone .

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