It looks as if she's only been dead a short time, and it looks like she was shot. Possibly she made it as far as she could and then expired, Hubby thinks she was dumped there but I don't think so. You should have seen Jevan and Sydney when Hubby hollered "ARRRRRRRGH!" The kids were bent down looking at the cougar so intently and practically peed themselves scrambling to get back to the truck, I'm sure they thought she had come back to life!! Poor kid's eyes were big as saucers :)
The girl has huge paws!
Hubby threw her into the back of the truck and brought her home, the dogs weren't too impressed with that! On the way back up the hill we met a couple of guys in their truck who are camping up the hill not far from where we found the cougar. We had to back down the hill a ways to let them pass and they stopped to chat. I told them about the cat in the back and wow I didn't expect such a reaction! After total disbelief they jumped out of their truck and both were amazed... I guess they're from the city and hadn't seen something like that before.
I have no idea what Hubby intends to do with it, he's talking of skinning it or having it stuffed, neither of which impresses me. I told him if he has it stuffed he can find a place in the shop for it 'cause there is no flippin' way it's going to be in this house... and I don't need a cougar skin hanging off my walls either, thank you very much :)