No this isn’t about the Indian chief name Scar in the movie “The Searchers”, but as I was going through the pictures of deer from my game cam at the corn and protein feeder, yes I’ve added protein to the deer’s diet, I kept coming across one young doe with some sort of scar on the front of her right thigh. She comes to the feeder regularly and a closer look at the scar, makes you think that a bobcat or mountain lion grabbed at it, locked on for a while, but lost it’s grip, then the young doe escaped. Whether feeding at night, or during daylight, she’s never alone and always with one or more deer, in fact, she’s had company in all of the pictures.
Now last year, not 2 miles from my ranch, on the afternoon of September 1, 2010, I was driving south on Texas Highway 16 towards San Saba for an afternoon dove hunt, when several deer, running full out, flashed across the road a hundred yards ahead of me. Not 10 seconds behind them, a mountain lion ran across the road in full chase, I thought Wow, the first one I’ve seen in the wild! Two years before, a deer hunter shot a mountain lion not 20 miles from my place, so they are here. Dutifully reporting the event to the local Texas Game Warden, he notified me that this year, (2010), big cats had been reported around Mullin, 10 miles north of Goldthwaite and their range can encompass several hundred square miles!
This “shot” best shows the scar. My thought is that if a mountain lion had a hold of a young deer, it would be curtains for the deer and supper for the lion, so I believe that a bobcat grabbed a hold of this doe when it was just a fawn, but for some reason couldn’t hold on. We do have bobcats around here and I shot one and posted the story on January 3, 2010, “[Wesley Breaks The Ice]”, so that’s my story and I’ll let the reader guess whether a lion or bobcat.