While exploring a local field, I came across this Fox Squirrel carcass laying on the ground. Obviously the victim of predation, it was not clear whether the squirrel had been killed at this location, or brought here from another location to be eaten.

If the squirrel was killed at this location, it would have been very vulnerable, caught out in the open at least 30 to 40 yards/meters from the nearest tree.

Most all of the meat had been stripped from the squirrel’s carcass. This combined with its location makes me suspect a hawk of some kind as the predator.

Most all of the meat had been stripped from the squirrel's carcass. This combined with its location makes me suspect a hawk of some kind as the predator.
Most all of the meat had been stripped from the squirrel’s carcass. This combined with its location makes me suspect a hawk of some kind as the predator.
A closer look at the squirrel's skull minus the jaw bone. The still wet blood in the skull indicates that the carcass represent a relatively recent kill.
A closer look at the squirrel’s skull minus the jaw bone. The still wet blood in the skull indicates that the carcass represent a relatively recent kill.