Two volunteers with the local chapter of the California Native Plant Society were recently working in Cunningham Marsh, just south of Sebastopol, when they heard low growls that were obviously not just a feral cat out hunting, though they didn’t see the animal. The Milo Baker Chapter Board of Directors visited the site a few days later, on the evening of  June 9, and noticed vultures and the smell of carrion. Before long, they stumbled on an eviserated deer carcass in the grass. My wife and Board member, Joan Schwan, reported that the entire midsection of the deer had been ripped out and dragged away. The group decided they’d stayed long enough during prime hunting time and beat a quick retreat.

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