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#6914664 - 10/09/17 05:46 PM What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive?
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Last time I was out, 2 weeks ago, had a pretty productive night with 3 dead in front of me by say 9:30pm. I had to quit because the more I shot, the more cows came to stare at the hogs taking a dirt nap. Had so many cows I was uneasy shooting any more around them. Strangest thing, they'd walk on up and most just stood there and stared at the hogs, several were there for well over an hour looking at the first one. Don't' know if they were taking bets on if they'd pop back up or not.
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#6914673 - 10/09/17 05:50 PM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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I think they are just curious
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#6914708 - 10/09/17 06:14 PM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Maybe they want to make darned sure the darned things are dead and out of their lifes!

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#6914722 - 10/09/17 06:28 PM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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I've noticed the same behavior at times. I think they're just curious.
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#6914790 - 10/09/17 07:24 PM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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I know pigs will chow down on a dead cow.

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#6915438 - 10/10/17 09:16 AM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Hogs will often commingle with cattle and cattle accept them as compatriots. They often treat a downed hog much the same as they would treat one of their own if it was shot and killed.
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#6915484 - 10/10/17 09:51 AM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Cows just aren't very smart, that's all.
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#6915497 - 10/10/17 10:06 AM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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LOL, smart is relative. Cows are very good at being cows. Humans, elephants, whales, and many primates take a very strong interest in the dead and they are quite smart.
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#6915570 - 10/10/17 11:05 AM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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Originally Posted By: Double Naught Spy
Hogs will often commingle with cattle and cattle accept them as compatriots.
What we haven't seen in this forum yet, is someone sneaking up on a sounder with either a cow cutout or a cow costume. Now THAT would be something! smile

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#6915639 - 10/10/17 12:19 PM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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#6916083 - 10/10/17 08:05 PM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: oaktreeplanter]
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Originally Posted By: oaktreeplanter
Cows just aren't very smart, that's all.


^^^^^^^ There's your answer folks. Cows are incredibly stupid beasts. I place them on par with certain single celled organisms. wink

That's a good thing in some respects, since it makes it easy to turn them into leather, hamburger, brisket, etc....
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#6916134 - 10/10/17 08:50 PM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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I am having trouble following the correlation of stupidity causing a fascination with death. Cattle may not be Einstein's, but that does not explain the interest in dead hogs.
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#6916711 - 10/11/17 11:27 AM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
der Teufel Offline
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Actually, I've found cows to be pretty dang smart.

Once, when trying to wean a calf, we brought the calf to another property a half-mile away from the area which held the mama cow. Even though the calf had never seen the area, it made it through three fences and some neighbor's property to get back home - twice!
Finally we decided to leave the calf where it was and bring mama to the other property. We loaded her into a trailer and drove her down the road, up a quarter-mile driveway, around the barns, through another couple of gates, and into a corral. We had left the gates open, knowing we were going to drive back out the same way we'd entered. As soon as the cow got out of the trailer she took off, retracing the path we'd driven. She'd never before seen the territory, but she traced the route back perfectly! Luckily we were able to take a short-cut through a field and head her off, otherwise she'd have probably made it out onto the public road and boogied back to junior!

I think they just act stupid. They can be pretty clever when it suits their purposes!
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#6916833 - 10/11/17 01:04 PM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: Double Naught Spy]
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Originally Posted By: Double Naught Spy
Hogs will often commingle with cattle and cattle accept them as compatriots. They often treat a downed hog much the same as they would treat one of their own if it was shot and killed.


Sounds like an impromptu funeral of sorts,........................." He was a a good hog",..............

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#6918176 - 10/12/17 02:05 PM Re: What is it about dead hogs cows find so attractive? [Re: CharlieCTx]
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smart, don't think so, when the fires hit Ks & Ok, cows were seen grazing with fire coming right at them, after they were lined up dead just like they were when the fire consumed them. comparing elephant brain to cow is like lion to house cat.
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