Photo Proof: Eagle Attacks Deer
And the eagle wins
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2013 3:39 PM CDT
Updated Sep 28, 2013 7:00 PM CDT
One of the captured images of a golden eagle attacking a deer.   (Linda Kerley, Zoological Society of London)

(Newser) – Researchers studying Siberian tigers in Russia came across a strange thing in the woods: the carcass of a deer in the snow—but no sign of any tracks from the predator that killed it. A review of film in a nearby camera trap solved the mystery: It shows dramatic images of a golden eagle attacking the deer, reports NPR. The researchers think it's the first such documentation of an eagle doing so—think 12-pound bird vs. 100-pound deer—though anecdotal reports have suggested as much over the years.

"It was only after we got back to camp that I checked the images from the camera and pieced everything together," says Linda Kerley of the Zoological Society of London. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing." The images were published in the Journal of Raptor Research. "In this case I think Linda just got really lucky and was able to document a very rare, opportunistic predation event," Jonathan Slaght of the Wildlife Conservation Society tells LiveScience. (And unlike the video hoax of the baby-snatching golden eagle, this time the images are legit.)

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WLeoB
Sep 30, 2013 4:57 AM CDT
1. This old Michigan November deer season hunter doesn't believe the photo for a minute! 2. Looks like two taxidermy set-ups: - There are no vapors from either of their mouths in that cold environment, - There's no evidence of snow particles in the air from either the deer's feet or the flap of the eagle's wings, - When alerted or mounted a deer's ears are perked up as shown. When startled or fleeing their ears are either forward or flat back, - Notice the odd position of the deer's rear legs, fixed at a odd angle to support the set-up, and - Looks like a frozen still picture, not a frame from a video or film. 3. If she found a carcass, it could have died from starvation or disease and then eaten by ravens or eagles. If killed by an eagle there would be evidence on the carcass. 4. It's a hoax, unless they can provide a SERIES of stills, showing tracks behind the deer in the snow. 5. Yes it happens in nature. However, the other you-tube video was a cruel set-up using a small fawn for the camera owner's owned eagle to kill. The probability of having a video camera, an eagle and a fawn at the same place at the same time would be one in a billion. Peace, WLeoB
dopenstein
Sep 29, 2013 4:42 PM CDT
I'd like ...Oh Hell NO for 500 Alex.
NoFun
Sep 26, 2013 3:40 AM CDT
There is a wildlife doco about the golden eagle. Don't ever watch it. It is one of the most distressing things you will ever see.