Two strange animal carcasses at Skyline Wall on March 30th

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Re: Two strange animal carcasses at Skyline Wall on March 30

Postby CaptnJack » Mon Apr 13, 2015 4:11 pm

I agree on the river otter foot in at least one pic.

Trapping season ended March 31st so these could very well have been legally caught and killed. I don't know the carcass disposal rules, perhaps someone else does.
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Re: Two strange animal carcasses at Skyline Wall on March 30

Postby Marek Sk » Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:38 pm

Thank you Greg !
Thank you Laura !
This is a good idea to report this to WDFW Poaching Enforcement.
I found several ways to report on their website and wrote an e-mail to them to reportpoaching@dfw.wa.gov
I also included my friend who used to work for WDFW for decades and now works for NOAA.
Lets see if there is anything that can be done going forward.
I will post an update if I hear anything back.
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Re: Two strange animal carcasses at Skyline Wall on March 30

Postby ljjames » Mon Apr 13, 2015 1:39 am

Did you send the pictures to Dept of Fish & Wildlife? If someone is killing and skinning river otters and tossing the carcasses out with hopes that the crabs will eat them it wouldn't hurt to at least mention the odd findings to the authorities. The fact that they are skinned is odd. I've seen enough baby seal carcasses to know that the skin and hair doesn't seem to go first :(
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Re: Two strange animal carcasses at Skyline Wall on March 30

Postby Greg Jensen » Sun Apr 12, 2015 11:13 pm

Judging from the long tail, I'm leaning toward river otter too.

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Re: Two strange animal carcasses at Skyline Wall on March 30

Postby Linedog » Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:18 pm

Aliens, again.
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Re: Two strange animal carcasses at Skyline Wall on March 30

Postby deep diver » Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:06 pm

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Two strange animal carcasses at Skyline Wall on March 30th

Postby Marek Sk » Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:59 pm

Two strange animal carcasses at Skyline Wall Anacortes (aka Burrows Pass) on March 30th.
I have sent two photos to my friends and so far nobody has any clue what are these, how these strange carcasses ended up there and in what purpose or in what process.
What is even more strange, I found these two probably about 20 to 30 feet apart from each other.

What was common about both of them:
1. They were both without skin (if mammal) or feather (if bird).
2. They both seem to be having upper part mutilated or shredded.
3. They both had a long tissue string (maybe intestines) hanging in the long loop. But intestines get larger and this fleshy string looks like same diameter for its entire length.
4. They both seem to have tail pointing more towards a mammal.

What was different about them:
1. You can see comparing pictures that one had a 5 fingered feet with fur at every finger end.
Second carcass had the feet cut off or bitten off

First I thought it could have been an extremely large elongated turkey but the birds do not have long tails like both carcasses had.
Based on the foot and tail shape and length it is too big for the Muskrat (I have seen Muskrats underwater in Lake Washington). Beaver and Nutria have different tails.
I suspect that these could have been River Otters.

Has anyone has any ideas if these carcasses could have ended up like this in any natural process?

To me it more looks like someone or something has skinned these animals and that is why fur is visible only on one paw/foot.
Would any savage human do such thing in these days ?

To me finding these two carcassess was sad and disturbing and so far I have not found any answers that is why I am posting it here.

Here are the pictures:
Please click on each of pictures once for a zoom and twice for even larger zoom.

First animal:

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Carcass 1 View 1

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Carcass 1 View 2

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Carcass 1 View 3

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Carcass 1 Zoom on the foot

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Carcass 1 Zoom on upper part


Second animal:

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Carcass 2 View 1

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Carcass 2 View 2

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Carcass 2 View 3

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Carcass 2 Zoom on legs
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