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While in the hills, I found this dead Moose. It seemed to be dead for a relatively short time since it looked very plump and life like. I phoned the DWR for them to investigate. They said it appeared to be natural causes, (whatever they may be). A week later I stopped to see what a week of decay had done. This was ONE week to the day and it is amazing what flies had done to a moose carcas is just one week. My original finding had a few flies landing on it and a bunch around the mouth and anus but NO maggots. A week later there were soooooo many maggots. I kept trying to count them but lost count at about THOUSANDS each time. haha :) I thought it was cool enough watching nature at it's finest in the disposal process that I felt to share. I had some video of the maggots but I don't know how to load them.
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Wowza!😲 How did you stumble upon that beast? It looks like it is in really think cover.
Just smell. I have come across quite a few dead animals just by being downwind of them even after just a day or so if the temperature is right.

Years ago on the deer hunt down in Indian Peaks we talked to a couple of other hunters who had been bow hunting there just a week before. They told us that they had arrowed a real nice bull but couldn't find it. The first day of the deer hunt we saw a lot of coyotes up in one draw coming and going. The next day all we would of had to of done was to follow our noses to find that elk. I called the bow hunters and told them where to look but I have no idea if them ever went into the draw to see if they could find the antlers.
 

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Wowza!😲 How did you stumble upon that beast? It looks like it is in really think cover.
It actually didn't stink at all when I found it. I just happened to see it's black body above the vegitation and it looked out of place. I did my double take to realize it was an animal. I looked through my binos although it was only 25 yards away and could see it was for sure a moose. I still expected it to stand up so I had my camera ready but I quickly learned that dead moose don't stand up. :)
 

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Up where I hunt on the Zion we have loads of turkey vultures and a few condors. It doesn't take long for a dead critter to completely disappear...bones and all. They don't even leave a scrap.
We get a lot of the turkey vultures over my way as well.
We also have the Condor Hotel a few hundred yards away. It’s just over the knoll behind the cabin.
So we see them ALL the time. A couple of the cabins below ours have a real problem with them tearing apart their cabins. They are quite destructive. They haven’t bothered our cabin.

I shot a skunk a couple of mornings ago and dumped it in the bottom clearing.
Went back that afternoon, and all that was left was spine and tail. Unbelievable !!

That made 45 skunks I’ve trapped in the last 4 years. All of them get gobbled up like that.
you would think sooner or later I would put a dent in the skunk population ??
 
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