Geek Forensics

I had to run out to our second campus at work today, so I jumped on the country road out of town. It’s probably the first time I’ve been on that road in over two weeks, as the few times I’ve had to head out in that direction I was concerned the Great Arctic Death had left it impassible.

It made me wonder how long these roadkill remains had been sitting out there:

Where's the Rest of It?

Judging by the size of the ribs and spine, I’d guess they used to belong to a small deer, possibly a fawn. And I assume it was roadkill, but there’s no blood, head, legs, or anything else for that matter, so I guess it’s just as likely a coyote dragged it to the road and got scared off by another vehicle.

I showed the Midget the picture after school, and of course he wanted to see the real thing. I thought it might be a fun little learning experience for him, so I took the scenic route home and we stopped to take a look. Being a boy, he thought it was pretty cool. He had no problem identifying ribs and a spine, though he assumed the muscular remains were actually blood.

Naturally the conversation turned to what could have caused this kind of destruction. It didn’t take us long to reach the following conclusion:

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Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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  1. Mikey says:

    Cool bones. Being rural ourselves, we have lots of antelope, deer, elk, and occasional moose kill on the roads. Also plenty of carnivores, like fox, coyote, badgers, and mountain lions. It seems the bears and wolves are smart enough to stay off the roads…unless your in Yellowstone. The only thing that avoids the roads there are fish.

    Now…”Being a boy…”, Mike? C’mon, you and I both know plenty of women who would be just as interested as us, which means you can safely presume they were once girls who woulda thought the bones were cool.

    Oink oink, bro.

    -Mikey-