Whitetail Buck Remains – Ouachita National Forest

By | January 20, 2017

I came across these Whitetail Buck remains while hiking the Ouachita National Forest here in Arkansas. I always have a long debate with myself in reference to posting photos like this here on my blog. I see a lot of the beauty of nature on my hikes, but I do see a small percentage of the ugly. Death is just part of nature and nature has an army of helpers to clean up the remains.

Whitetail Buck Remains

7-point Whitetail Buck Remains

Consumer (Food Chain)

A food chain is a linear network of links in a food web starting from producer organisms (such as grass or trees which use radiation from the sun to make their food) and ending at apex predator species (like grizzly bears or killer whales), detritivores (like earthworms or woodlice), or decomposer species (such as fungi or bacteria).

Consumers are organisms that eat other organisms. All organisms in a food chain, except the first organism, are consumers.

Within an ecological food chain, consumers are categorized into three groups: primary consumers, secondary consumers, and the tertiary consumers. Primary consumers are usually herbivores, feeding on plants and fungus. Secondary consumers, on the other hand, are mainly carnivores, and prey on other animals. Omnivores, who feed on both plants and animals, can also be considered a secondary consumer. Tertiary consumers, sometimes also known as apex predators, are usually at the top of food chains, capable of feeding on secondary consumers and primary consumers. Tertiary consumers can be either fully carnivorous or omnivorous. Humans are one such example of a tertiary consumer. (Wikipedia)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

One thought on “Whitetail Buck Remains – Ouachita National Forest

  1. Greg Topp

    Steve,
    I think you can safely say that this was perhaps a natural death. The antlers are still intact in the skull and the spinal column vertebrae are intact. The buck could have died of old age. If he had starved, the antlers would have been shed prior to death in an attempt by the animal to conserve energy. A wolf or coyote kill would have demonstrated an attempt to eat the bones for the mineral content. As you note, this was probably a merciful act of nature.

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