First off, we shouldn't have armadillos this far north--west-central MO--but we do. They've been moving northward, slowly and steadily, for a couples decades; we've been seeing them occasionally in my neighborhood for about ten years or so. I've seen one on my land a couple times, and suspected it was living in the woods just north of the house. It was.
When I was out foraging the other day I came across a couple of good-sized burrows that I guessed were probably armadillo burrows. Then I came across the critter itself, dead and headless! It had been dead for at least a few days--was beginning to smell, but still in pretty good shape. I couldn't see any damage other than the missing head. No sign of the head anywhere.
So while I'm glad this destructive critter who shouldn't even be here is no more, I'm really curious about what killed it. I didn't think anything could bite through armadillo armor! The burrows I found were flooded. Maybe the critter was forced above ground too early in the season for it, and froze to death or died from related natural causes, and some coyote, or the neighbor's big farm dogs out hunting squirrels, found the body and took off its head to see if it was good to eat? But why not go after the soft underbelly? Or maybe coyote or dog came across the weakened armadillo and killed it? Could a bobcat do that? We don't have bears around here; coyotes and big dogs are the biggest critters around, so far as I know. The whole matter is a mystery to me.
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