|Here I am next to the carcass, holding the skull|
However, it didn't appear that any of the bushes were broken from the animal being dragged in there, and the way the animal was prostrated (particularly the position of the front limbs) didn't seem to indicate dragging but almost rather that it had laid down there.
|See my geeking-out face? Also notice the front limbs curled neatly under the animal.|
There is evidence that could be consistent with dragging a killed animal to a safer place. However, there is no evidence that any attempt was made to bury or cover it as cougars usually do with their caches, as in these pictures:
There also doesn't seem to be a lot of blood soaked into the fur of the animal as would be expected if it had been killed by a predator. I would think the neck would be covered with blood if a cougar had brought it down.
|Head, neck and open thorax of deer. Notice lack of blood on fur.|
Perhaps a coyote or even dog brought down the deer?
Died naturally & later scavenged