The picture of nature's cycles which I have living in my mind is that of
predators picking off the weak BEFORE they die. Isn't that the way things
usually operate? So, theoretically, carrion should be rare to non-existant.
The only exception to that is the larger predators themselves: many of
them have no natural predator, thus they must die before their flesh can be
utilized by other organisms. And then the snapping turtles, after having to
chase sick fish for a week, are able to come by and munch on a musky carcass
for the next week.
Long live the Borrkies
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