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What the HECK is this?!?! Found a SKULL!

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  • #21
    Various canid skulls: http://www.azdrybones.com/canids.htm

    My vote goes with the coyote or coy dog people.


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      Surprised that the coyote skull in that link is estimated at only 7" long. That being the case, I'd say our little furry friend is probably a coyote based on the teeth and hair. Seemed awfully small to me though...
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      • #23
        Originally posted by didgery View Post
        Baby werewolf in mid-transformation. Poor thing must have been murdered beneath a rising moon.
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        • #24
          Originally posted by JoZ View Post
          Surprised that the coyote skulls is only 7" long. That being the case, I'd say our little furry friend is probably a coyote based on the teeth and hair. Seemed awfully small to me though...
          Coyote size can vary greatly depending on location. I know the ones out west seem much smaller than our local versions.
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          • #25
            Surprised that the coyote skull in that link is estimated at only 7" long.
            my 75-pound dog has a head that's about 7" long. She doesn't have a smushed boxer type nose either, just a normal nose.


            • #26
              My intact coyotes skulls are 7.5-8 inches and my gray fox is 5. So I'm guessing coyote given the fur color. Upper canines on the 8 inch are 1 inch lower are .75.


              • #27
                Coyotes aren't very big. I thought they were larger until I was taking care of taxidermy mounts. With the teeth and the hair color, I'm also voting coyote or possible coydog.
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                • #28
                  I'm thinking a pig or boar, with the teeth all over the place like that?
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                  • #29
                    Originally posted by MelantheLLC View Post
                    I'm thinking a pig or boar, with the teeth all over the place like that?

                    Boar have very very different teeth. Skull etc is closer to what you would find on a horse... but with a tusk like tooth.


                    Yeah, now that I think about the coyote skull we have, it is pretty small.. out here they are the size of medium / small dogs.
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                    • #30
                      Definitely a polar bear.

                      I found a lower jaw of a boar in my field. At first I thought it was a horse, very similar except tooth size is slightly off.
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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by RacetrackReject View Post
                        Coyote size can vary greatly depending on location. I know the ones out west seem much smaller than our local versions.
                        Everything is bigger here in Texas

                        I would vote for Coyote. Or maybe even a small wolf..... those are starting to get back around the States.... According to some brief googling, there are some small packs in WA.

                        Teeth remind me of possum

                        Im sure you can bring it to a local taxidermist for ID.
                        How many teeth does it have? Thats a big factor that can help lead to ID.
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                            • #34
                              I found a wolf puppy carcass once-the only thing about this one here is that weird underbite, the wolf puppy looked like a baby dog, like you would expect. But that hide doesn't lie-it would be coyote/wolf of some sort, maybe it died b/c it was an offshoot or it got sick very young... but that hair is just so unique, somehow that was a coyote/wolf pup...
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                              • #35
                                It's a fox. The fur color: many foxes aren't red. Even many red fox aren't red. A large percentage of them are various greys and agouti shades.

                                The weird looking teeth placement has to do with the jaw being broken top front area.

                                The wearing on the teeth indicates a mature fox, most likely killed by a coyote. A head grab and shake is the way coyote remove fox from the area they hunt. Which would explain the tooth hole in the top of the head and broken jaw. I've found handfuls of fox dead with the same wounds. Sometimes as a skeleton, sometimes still full intact. Sometimes half and half...blech.

                                Only about 50% of the red fox that I find are actually red.
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                                • #36
                                  The fox that leapt over the fence and grabbed one of my chickens was a red fox. But he was mostly grey with some dark rust tones.

                                  There is variety in their coat colors.

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                                  • #37
                                    When I bought my farm - the barn areas had been abandoned for a decade or more. Upon clearing the brush and the farmer's dump - we found many fox skulls and skeletons. Seems mangy fox would help up to the farmstead looking for water and die there eventually.


                                    • #38
                                      Ki-oatie. Might be a young one, or a small one. Any bullet holes in the head. Oh, you said there are. Was it a good shot then?

                                      Oh you are a brave one to put your fingers on it. Ick, but very interesting.

                                      Sure your neighbor isn't missing a canine?

                                      I still think ki-oatie. Fur can fade after they decompose.


                                      • #39
                                        It's either a fox, or someone in your area is missing a small dog.
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                                        • #40
                                          Great pictures but you need to put something we recognize like a Tickle Me Elmo doll so we know how big it is.
                                          The hair is banded and I would guess dog family, even could be wild color German Shepherd but the skull size would tell more...definately canine teeth. PatO