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#6899731 - 09/26/17 01:58 PM Vanishing Bodies
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Our place in Teauge has been hit pretty hard with pigs lately. Was able to kill two good size boars this weekend. I took them to the "graveyard" an area on the back of the place where we take dead cows/calves, coyotes and pigs. The graveyard is an old washout, surrounded by big mesquite trees and is a pretty steep slide to the bottom.

We lost a good size calf last Thursday, took him to the graveyard and dumped him. He was gone the next morning. Not just ate, the whole corpse was gone. No trace of it. Friday night, dumped about a 175 lbs boar, same thing the next day, body is gone without a trace. Saturday night killed about a 200 lbs boar. Dumped him, same thing, totally gone. We cannot find any trace of them. Have searched that area pretty hard. No bones, no bodies.

I cant see a coyote dragging a big boar that far and have never known them to do that, they will normally just eat em on the spot.

What could be dragging these bodies from the graveyard without a trace? Dare I say, mountain lion? Hope to put a few more pigs down this weekend and will be putting up a game cam at the graveyard.
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#6899733 - 09/26/17 02:01 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Coyotes. I've caught 3 of them dragging a boar the next morning after dumping him.
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#6899736 - 09/26/17 02:03 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Any tracks or drag marks?
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#6899737 - 09/26/17 02:03 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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#6899738 - 09/26/17 02:04 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Loc: bastrop county
between yotes and buzzards theres not much left, like above, they do get drug off
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#6899740 - 09/26/17 02:05 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Has to be coyotes, but man, that's a lot of meat to go that quickly.

I dropped a 215-lb boar a couple of years ago the Friday before Labor Day. Came back through on Monday and there was no trace of him. Not a hair, nothing. If a pack of coyotes is hungry, they can put away a lot in a hurry. You must have a ton of them around.

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#6899761 - 09/26/17 02:20 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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I killed 3 decent sized pigs and dumped them in the same spot and came back less than a week later and all I found was a single jawbone. No hide, bones, nothing. I was pretty amazed that it had been totally cleaned up in 6 days.

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#6899763 - 09/26/17 02:21 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Coyotes. I set a game cam on carcasses of 10 hogs we quartered a few years ago. Dropped the carcasses at noon and they were gone the next day, all 10 heads and all. Game cam showed buzzards first, other hogs at dusk, an opossum at 10 and then coyotes at 2 am. No drag marks, bones or blood left.
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#6899775 - 09/26/17 02:33 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: hook_n_line]
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Originally Posted By: hook_n_line
Coyotes. I set a game cam on carcasses of 10 hogs we quartered a few years ago. Dropped the carcasses at noon and they were gone the next day, all 10 heads and all. Game cam showed buzzards first, other hogs at dusk, an opossum at 10 and then coyotes at 2 am. No drag marks, bones or blood left.


Crazy, wouldn't have thought that. Interested to see this weekend with a trail cam.
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#6899795 - 09/26/17 02:52 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Nothing unusual about what you described based on my experience. We called it the "Boneyard".

The only thing that I found unusual is a carcass that someone let lay that would go a day or two without being touched

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#6899877 - 09/26/17 04:25 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Pigs will eat their dead and anything else.

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#6899936 - 09/26/17 05:07 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
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#6900075 - 09/26/17 07:24 PM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: huntwest]
rogerh Offline
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Registered: 04/26/13
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Loc: Lampasas
Originally Posted By: huntwest
Pigs will eat their dead and anything else.



I've seen that and piglets come back to suck on momma.

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#6900376 - 09/27/17 05:55 AM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Registered: 07/21/16
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Loc: East of Dallas
I've dumped hundreds of hog carcasses in some areas, and initially tried cameras to see where they were all going. Mostly the buzzards will swarm the carcasses and get the bodies reduced to the bones. I've never seen a hog on the cameras eating the leftovers, but coyotes will come by and run off with pieces. A 200 lb. hog will normally disappear overnight, but occasionally parts of it will be left the next day. If I take the hind legs off a hog it surely will disappear quickly...I guess giving easier access to the internals makes it easier for the buzzards.

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#6900384 - 09/27/17 06:11 AM Re: Vanishing Bodies [Re: Baylor_Bears]
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Doubt it is a lion. Most likely a combination of coyotes, buzzards, and other hogs.

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