Dryden, Texas – 7/19/2012: The morning of July 19, 2012 at about 9:30am my wife and I took our dogs for their morning walk. As I am disabled, I do not walk as such but do get my exercise in with the dogs. We went along our south fence that runs along Hwy 90. We made our turn to go to the watering tub that we keep out for wildlife. We spent a few minutes there allowing the dogs to get a drink and get wet. There was no activity along our route of any kind to alert the dogs. We continued to 100 yards, or so, to our north fence and turned back towards the house. This point is about 400 yards to the house. As we went along the fence the dogs alerted on something. As they are apt to go after lizards, this is what I thought they had as they were not chasing anything but congregating at one point. By the time I arrived, several minutes later, the dogs had their fur up and were BACKING away from whatever was on the ground. My wife had gotten there first and said it was a dead rabbit.
I looked at it and it was a dead jack rabbit. It was full grown, maybe 6 or 7 pounds. The dogs were growling at it, not at each other, so I picked it up after looking at it to see what was wrong with it. There was no blood anywhere. The nostrils were trimmed back at the very front edges but no blood. There was a skinless spot on the left should/chest area about the 1/2 the size of a half dollar. The skin & fur were missing but the meat and sheath were still there. Again no blood. The tail was skinned but the muscle and sheath were still intact. Everything below the tail along a line running down the middle of the outside of the rear haucks (thighs) were skinless. Again no blood but the muscle sheath was still intact. The anus and genitals were missing but there was no ripped flesh or blood. It was as if they had never been there, just a clean hole where they should have been.