As some of you know I am in México finishing my Plastic Surgery residency. This story took place 2 weeks ago in Ecuador, my brother in law Cristobal and my nephew Ignacio (Cristobal nephew also) went whitetail hunting near the farm we have in the Andes mountains. They organized an overnight hunting trip and went for it. When they where at around 12000 feet, at 15h00 they saw a little whitetail buck, neither of them had hunted one before, so my brother in law went ahead and shot it, making a clean kill. As rookies as they are, they thought it was to early to finish their hunt, so they hid the deer and hunted for a couple of miles up the hill, the night came up to them, they made camp, and went back in the morning and found that their deer had been moved like 60 yards from where they left it, and it was all eaten up!!! The pictures speak for themselves. They did finished gutting it, and took it down. My brother in law wants to have it mounted because it was his first buck.
The only two predators that could have done this are cougars, or lobo de páramo (Pseudalopex culpaeus). They werent able to see neither of them.
I guess for them it should be lesson learned: they need to respect their game
, and take care of it properly
, if the decision was to shoot it, then the hunt should have ended right there!!! I have been bitching
at them from the distance(México) after I heard the story. I have talked to them over the phone and both of them regret of having made that decision. I asked for them to send me the pictures so I can share them with all of you.