Dead Stags near Creag Leacach
by StewF » Fri Aug 14, 2020 11:35 am
Stags appeared recently dead , no obvious gunshot wounds , vehicle tracks , only a little damage from crows.
My brother a vet said they had cows killed by lightening strike. Wondered if if may have happened in the bad storms during week or is stalking allowed that close to ski centre or something else ?
Attached photo please don't zoom in if would upset you
by jmarkb » Fri Aug 14, 2020 1:45 pm
by rabthecairnterrier » Fri Aug 14, 2020 2:57 pm
Unlikely to have been disease or some form of heatstroke/ dehydration or anything of that sort given that it would be next to impossible for three animals to succumb at the same place at the same time.
A mystery indeed.
(Cue scary Outer Limits soundtrack.)
by KatTai » Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:11 pm
by CharlesT » Fri Aug 14, 2020 4:58 pm
by Scraggygoat » Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:37 pm
A much bigger mortality event.
Lightening does not necessarily cause ground damage, nor does it have to have struck directly between the deer, it could have struck to one side. Yes, I've seen significant ground damage as a result of lightening, but where the strike has hit resistive material, e.g granite with blocks blown out, or saturated frozen ground where it was like a giant pig had been rooting with its tusk as the current tried to find its path to earth. But if lightening always caused damage the top of every hill would be a right mess.
Wouldn't bother informing the estate, they will just say thank you very much and then count the mortality against thier cull targets, and we are trying to get the blinking deer numbers down!
Anyway did you cut yourself a steak or two?
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by Giant Stoneater » Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:11 pm
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by MountainTrail » Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:39 pm
Turned out they had been cut off by snow and had all starved go death
A sad scene it was