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Battle of the deer and eagle

Spoiler alert: eagle wins

DEER VS. EAGLE A camera trap solved the mystery of a deer carcass discovered in the snow. It was killed by a predator that left no tracks.

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When a deer carcass appeared a few meters from a camera trap without obvious predator prints, scientists were a bit puzzled.

The mystery was only solved when the team reviewed 2-week-old footage from their camera and saw images of an adult golden eagle tearing into the back of a young sika deer. It was a rare sight, the first reported in the extreme eastern regions of Russia, the scientists suggest.

They published the images and a paper on the predator-prey interaction in the September Journal of Raptor Research.

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