- Mar 7, 2021
This past season I was in NW Colorado deer hunting. I covered a lot of miles on foot. In that fairly arid country, you come across bones/skeletons regularly. In one little area consisting of 2 draws, I noticed a lot of small mule deer fawn skeletons. I'm talking like 30+ in a 500x500 yard area. That was a way higher concentration than anywhere else I noticed on that hunt. They were dispersed within that area, so it did not seem like a place where a hunter was dumping deer bones after butchering or something like that (plus they were mostly/entirely fawns). My first guess as to why is that a mountain lion had been hanging out there. But they roam far and wide, so figured how would a mountain lion be killing so many deer in the same little draw. Eventually they'd figure it out and be elsewhere? But I don't know much about lions. Then I thought maybe a disease? Or for some reason they had herded up in that draw during a tough winter and many didn't make it? Anyone else ever come across something like this? Why would one little area have so many dead deer in it?