First the cougar, then the coyotes and then the birds. That’s the pecking order in these woods for an elk carcass that had been found by biologists who were doing a survival study. They determined after a necropsy (autopsy for animals,) that the elk was killed by cougars. After they retrieved pics from the trail camera left at the scene, their suspicions were confirmed.
This video is a series of thousands of pictures from the trail camera, and you can see all the animals that came to get a share of the meal. It’s interesting how the cougar, the species that killed the elk, doesn’t eat much at all once the meat starts to rot.
It does show the elk body parts, and decomposition process, so viewer discretion is advised.