If you’re looking to gain access to some new trapping or predator hunting ground this winter, try showing the landowners in your area this video. The footage from a South Carolina trail cam shows a seemingly healthy 6-point buck being attacked by two coyotes.
Warning: The footage, though brief, is pretty graphic.
Deer predation, specifically of fawns, has been a growing problem in South Carolina, where coyote populations did not exist until the 1970s.
“(Coyotes) will eat carrion and will also prey upon deer fawns and occasionally on adult deer,” the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources says. “One study on the Savannah River Site in Aiken County revealed that coyotes were preying upon more than half the deer fawns born.”
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