By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s recent investigation into a possible poaching incident led officials to discover a furry suspect, according to a news release.
Last month, the Worland Game Warden Matt Lentsch received a possible poaching tip regarding a headless deer carcass located between Manderson and Basin. When Lentsch arrived at the location, he discovered a deer carcass with the head intact, but partially buried under dirt and vegetation, making it appear headless.
The game warden noted bobcat tracks near the partially cached carcass and determined a bobcat was responsible for killing the deer rather than illegal human activity.
“It is not every day that a bobcat takes a mature deer down,” Lentsch said. “The deer was an adult doe mule deer in what seemed to be good health.”
Lentsch set a trail camera on the carcass and that night captured footage of the bobcat coming back to feed on the deer.