|Dr. Michael Losito performing a |
necropsy on a Common Merganser
at SUNY Cobleskill.
Since I'm always thinking of my camera trap sets, and it was dead already, and pretty mangled, I asked Dr. Losito if I might have the carcass. I explained that it would make great bait to leave in front of my Bushnell Trophy Cam, and he agreed. So, we bagged the Merg' up, and off I went.
In the spring, at this location, I had hung a Wild Turkey drumstick that a friend of mine had given me after he got a spring bird. The way I hung it made for months of entertainment. I'm sure it was smelly, but there was no purchase for critters to rely on to steal it from me. So they were drawn in but couldn't make off with the prize. Fishers especially tried and tried. That Turkey leg is still hanging, but there hasn't been meat on it for quite awhile. I decided to bring this Merg' up to this spot, and hang it in the exact same location.
Instead, I had MANY pictures of the raccoon(s) checking the set out. Not only was there a dangling Merg', but I had also thrown some empty crab legs up there after dinner one night. There was little or no meat left on them, but I figured they'd be stinky enough to bring in some critters. The raccoons seemed quite pleased with the house specials.