The following information and photos were sent to me by Dave Tobey, a registered Maine Guide who lives in Eastern Maine. To quote the text of his email:

“This is the future of our deer herd, this doe, young of the year, had it made until last night. She lived within earshot of Grand Lake Stream, (home of the highest concentration of Maine Guides in the State, stewards of the land) she, like her mother that was standing next to her when I found the carnage this morning lived a charmed life. Some of the best deer winter cover surrounds the village for miles, all of the best whitetail food she would want abounds in this area, she even lived in a WMD that hasn’t allowed the taking of does for thirty years, all because coyotes killed most of her ancesters. She and her offspring would of had a bright future, with 34,000 acres of protected land, managed for wildlife, surrounded her. This bothers me to no end, as I traditionally was able to take 30 – 50 coyotes a year in the deer wintering area’s to prevent this from happening.

There is no excuse why there can’t be coyote control!”

(The photo captions are the product of this editor.)

It usually begins with a nip here and a bite there, drawing some blood that contrasts vividly against the white snow.

Soon, the bites have grown to large wounds, producing a pretty good blood flow, chunks of fur are now being ripped from the deer, while it stands mostly unable to defend itself.

While the young deer tries to get away from the predators, in pursuit, the coyotes manage to rip large chunks of hair, skin and meat away.

Eventually the young deer becomes overwhelmed, too weak to stay on his feet and falls helplessly to the ground. He is still alive and alert, yet incapable of doing anything about it.

Ultimately, the consumption of a live deer by hungry predators will result in a miserable, inhumane death.

If I have offended anyone by posting these graphic images of reality…….GOOD! I hope you’ve learned something. What? You are like so many others who think coyotes don’t kill larger deer?

Tom Remington