Deer Head Found in Family’s Backyard

by ARLnow.com January 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm 4,389 28 Comments

A mom in the Waycroft neighborhood made a revolting discovery behind her house on Sunday.

“I just came home to find the crows are pecking at what looks like a decapitated deer head in my backyard,” the woman said in an email to the Waycroft-Woodlawn email listserv. “I don’t know what I am supposed to do… I REALLY don’t want to pick it up… it may have some disease. I have never seen a deer in our neighbourhood before. And where is the rest of the poor thing?”

The woman ended up reporting it to animal control officers with the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. An officer quickly arrived and indeed found part of a deer’s head lying in the grass.

“It was in a pretty rank state of decomposition,” said AWLA Executive Director Neil Trent, adding that “there’s no evidence of how it got there, or of any foul play.”

Trent said animal carcasses are discovered “fairly regularly” in the county, but they’re usually found on the sides of roads, not in people’s backyards.

The woman’s house is located between I-66 and Washington Boulevard, just a couple of blocks away from Ballston. Trent said one possible explanation would be that the deer was hit and killed on the highway, and part of its remains were carried off by a scavenger, which dropped it in the yard.

  • Banksy

    Where was George Allen??*

    *applies to brown families only

  • KArlington

    I’m not buying the “no foul play” story. The head was clearly intended for a County Board member’s bed as retribution for not caring about the planetarium.

    • Johnny Fontaine style

  • othersideoftheriver

    Why is “mom” part of the story?

    • mehoo


      Yes, deer.

      Can I – wait, did you say “deer?”

      No, I said “dear.”

      I could have sworn you said “deer.”

      No, honey, I said “dear.” Why don’t you go play in the backyard?

      Okay. (pause) Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

      • Bury the Damn Power Lines

        You’re doing it again.

        • mehoo

          Now you’re picking on a bunch of innocent deer? Bambi will be pissed.

      • Bury the Damn Power Lines


  • charlie

    lubber run. deer drowned. got stuck in a grate. mother nature.

  • terri

    what strange comments. an animals head was found in someones yard and people are joking about it. it is not part of mother nature for a deer to get stuck in a grate. nature is natural there is nothing natural about a grate. that is man-made.

    • mehoo

      Grate comment, terri.

      • Bury the Damn Power Lines


    • ChrisG

      Are Beaver damns natural?

    • charlie

      my comment wasn’t meant to be funny. Woodlawn Waycroft is in the Lubber Run Watershed and we have trapped the water. If a deer was following a natural stream bed, as its nature, it could get caught. Or if there was a sudden rush of water it would also get caught in a manmade trap.
      i was not joking. sorry if you saw it that way.
      and i’m only sarcastic when the post has to do with your quasi-liberal paternalistic government in case you want to cite past posts to determine my behavior.

  • Mike

    Deer was struck by a car somewhere; the carcass was dismembered by dogs or coyotes, and that’s how pieces of it wound up decorating the landscape. Not complicated.

    Out West you get this sort of thing a lot more. People here need to get used to the idea that coyotes are everywhere, and they’re extremely stealthy, smart and successful.

    • mehoo

      Deer should give each other proper burials.

      • Bury the Damn Power Lines


    • KalashniKEV

      And that’s how we got stuck with Tejada!

  • BoredHouseWife

    Sounds like someone needed to make room in the freezer.

  • Bluemont John

    I think a headless deer was mentioned by Shakespeare, in The Merchant of Venison.

  • Katie

    Now let’s not get a-head of ourselves. Perhaps someone is jealous of the way the homeowner fawns over her other neighbors.

    • Bluemont John

      Doe! Why didn’t I think of that?

      • Katie

        Buck up, John. Maybe you’ll do better next time.

  • Bluemont John

    Animal control guy to Waycroft Mom: Nice rack!

  • charlie

    Strange, now, how a dead deer is found, and I’m assuming no one on this blog has seen it, yet everyone here seems to have rabies and associated craziness.

    • mehoo

      Yeah, everyone seems to be losing their heads over this story.

  • Cyrus

    Yikes, she should be careful at the next toll booth she approaches…


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