It's a sort of "Whodunnit?" and most definitely still a cold case.
I doubt that you would find this story in the mystery section of a bookstore though.
The victim was a mourning dove, whose feathers were sprawled over the freshly fallen snow on a property in Leesburg.
I discovered the scene while doing some animal tracking and of course, camera-trapping last week.
The mourning dove was probably picked off by bird, as there were no other tracks in the snow.
This could most likely rule our foxes, raccoons, bobcats, and coyotes, but who knows for sure. Top suspects could be hawks, owls, or falcons. I wish I had recorded the acrobatics of a bird of prey taking down this bird, but I was there a few hours too late. Oh well.
As always, it's a fight to stay alive for wildlife, and in winter, things get even tougher.