How well would you do at identifying cause of death?

The following is a series of questions to test your knowledge about clues that would help identify cause of death of a fawn white-tailed deer. You'll have to keep track of your answers, but we'll share the results in an upcoming blog post! It's all in fun and we hope you learn something.

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* 1. You need the whole carcass to determine cause of death.

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* 2. Necropsy is the only tool needed to determine cause of death.

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* 3. A deer’s gall bladder is located near the liver

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* 4. Seeing pooled blood during a necropsy always means a predator was responsible

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* 5. Cases of predation are always accompanied with signs of trauma and wounds.

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* 6. Cases of predation are easily identifiable in the field.

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* 7. What tissues are not affected by parasites, worms, or disease in White-tailed deer?

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* 8. Which one of these words is another way of saying “rotting tissues”?

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* 9. At the scene of the crime you find a deceased fawn partially hidden in a den. Which predator do you begin to suspect?

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* 10. During necropsy you notice the trachea has been crushed. Which predator do you begin to suspect?

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