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What Animal Did I Find?

Discussion in 'Lifesize Mammals' started by Taylor Bybee, Oct 18, 2020.

  1. Taylor Bybee

    Taylor Bybee New Member

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    I was in the Grand Tetons National Park in Wyoming and I found this skeleton at our campsite. We have looked up different skeletons of most of the mammals there and it has not resembled any of them. Does anyone know what this is?
     

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  2. Taylor Bybee

    Taylor Bybee New Member

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    Upon further review, it is safe to rule out dinosaurs, large birds, medium birds, and possibly unicorns. Still not sold on that one yet... :/
     

  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    Not sure what it is but I’m pretty sure what you have isn’t the head , looks like the whole rear end , hips and pelvis with backbone attached

    How big was it in inches ? That would help .
     
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  4. Taylor Bybee

    Taylor Bybee New Member

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    well this is awkward

    DEFINITELY thought that was the head...LMAO

    I'd say the 'butt' was about a foot in size, maybe a little more. Length of the whole skeleton was maybe 3-4 feet, but it obviously wasn't complete so it makes it hard to tell
     
  5. Taylor Bybee

    Taylor Bybee New Member

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    Here's another picture from a different angle, if it helps
     

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  6. Rausch

    Rausch Well-Known Member

    Rear end of an elk I believe. The “eyes” are actually hip sockets. Could be a deer too depending on how accurate your foot long estimate is.
     
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  7. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    A young unicorn would actually leave bones like that. So, I wouldn't be ruling it out. I would go back and search for rainbow colored droppings much like large melted Skittles. If you can find the horn and skull you will be rich!
     
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  8. Pig ?
     
  9. Chippers

    Chippers Active Member

    Little tough to say without scale. For the area, I'd wager elk or deer
     
  10. It is probably a mountain goat. The national park service wants to remove all of them from Grand Teton National Park as they are not native and pose a threat, through disease transmission, to the bighorn sheep there. The hunt started in September and runs until sometime in November. They had a drawing for hunters to go in and shoot all they can. However, the hunters can't keep the trophies or any parts of the animals. Any salvaged meat has to go to food pantries. So far they have killed 40+ goats with roughly 80 more to go.
     
  11. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Rausch is correct. It is the South end of an Elk facing North. The flat part across the top inner edge of the hip bone (pelvis) more than likely identifies it. It would look like this intact.
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  12. Randy

    Randy Huntin Chamios on Mount Cook, New Zealand

    Leave it upto the government to kill all of these Mt. goats. How much tax payer money did the park service spend on a stupid move like this? Idiots! If they really want to useful and spend tax payer money, they should remove all the wolves in the park and plant them in Portland!
     
  13. Oregon
    Or your talking about PORTLAND main