The Texas Hill country north of Austin is fairly solid rock with only a few inches of soil on top of it. Even that is usually rocky and difficult to dig through. Pete buried the deceased on its back to avoid digging a huge hole. When he had replaced all the dirt, there were four paws sticking straight up out of the ground! This became a favorite spot for the gradeschool boys to hang out.
It had definitely been there less than 24 hours, but a fair amount of fur came off as we moved it. We called the county and got a recording to call the sherrif's office; I left a message at the beep, anyway. Good thing - the sheriff's office merely told us to call the county and leave a message.
Just think - if Pete could hardly bury a cat, how would we have buried a deer! We would have to have basically moved wheelbarrow loads of dirt (strip-mining our yard) to cover it, then built a rock cairn over that to keep the neighborhood animals (wild and domestic) from digging it right back up. Wonderful!
The county picked it up Monday.
Those buzzards must have been hungry to have gone after such unseasoned meat - it wasn't even stiff yet.
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