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Aug 10, 2013 07:55 |  #1

found this while walking along the beach in rankin inlet nunavut,could be a dog?or wolf but not sure if wolf come that close to town

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Aug 10, 2013 14:49 |  #2

The first one looks like a wolf scull.
Not sure what the second one is. Edit to say...the second one, I believe, is a deer scull.


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Aug 10, 2013 16:07 |  #3

First one looks like a Polar Bear. Check out the remaining white tuft of hair on top of the skull. Skull construction looks more like a bear...much heavier bone than a wolf.

Bottom skull...looks like herbivore...check out teeth, eye sockets on the side of skull. Possible remains of horn sockets on top of head.

Both guesses on my part.




  
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Aug 10, 2013 17:59 |  #4

Lesmore wrote in post #16196941 (external link)
First one looks like a Polar Bear. Check out the remaining white tuft of hair on top of the skull. Skull construction looks more like a bear...much heavier bone than a wolf.

Bottom skull...looks like herbivore...check out teeth, eye sockets on the side of skull. Possible remains of horn sockets on top of head.

Both guesses on my part.

I was going to suggest bear too, but without knowing size it's little more than a semi educated guess. What I will say is, based on the skull from a mid-sized black bear I got to handle at a taxidermy shop, bear skulls tend to be very heavy for their size. If you've handled other skulls and that one is quite a bit heavier than you think it should be, it's probably a bear. Second one, I'm 90+% sure it's a deer.




  
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Aug 10, 2013 19:44 |  #5

First one is definitely a wolf, check out those carnassials (slicing teeth). Bears have molars at the back.

Second one looks like a deer/elk/caribou herbivore.


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Aug 14, 2013 22:48 |  #6
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Aug 15, 2013 13:23 |  #7

the first one is not a bear...almost laughed on that one...lol ok..I did laugh.

just do a google for wolf and bear sculls...the teeth will tell ya
the top one is a wolf.


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Aug 15, 2013 16:13 |  #8

The top one is most likely a wolf skull as has been suggested.
Yes wolves come that close to town. We have had them here in Yellowknife in town and they have snatched peoples dogs. The last one I heard of was just a few blocks from my house.
We also get cougars,coyote, wolverines, lynx, black and grizzly bears coming into town and we are much more built up than Rankin is. :)

The bottom one is not a deer as Rankin is too far North of their range.
Most likely a caribou skull.


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Aug 15, 2013 21:07 |  #9

huuuummm...I'll still say deer skull on the second one.

and damn I just realized I have been spelling skull wrong....Duh.
When I was typing it out before I tried to tell myself it didn't look right...goodness I swear I'm getting dementia...heh


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Aug 15, 2013 21:14 |  #10

Rather than try to ID the ruminant skull, I'm putting my bet on simple logic. The area in question smack dab in the middle of the largest overland migration in the world,. ie: that of the Caribou..
So I'd play the odds.


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Aug 15, 2013 22:38 |  #11

ok...I'll bend..cause yeah..I looked it up as in what was in the area and yup Caribou (in the deer family)...still though if ya look up the skull..it just don't look the same...go figure.


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Aug 16, 2013 08:04 |  #12

thanx for all the replies,after speaking to some locals here,they do say wolves come into town,this was found about half mile from town along the beach,but they also say some of thier sled dogs are bred with wolves so may be a hybrid sled dog.oh ya no deer here but thier caribou here are not very big they look about the same size as deer down south.


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Aug 16, 2013 09:04 |  #13

Normally its difficult to detect know!




  
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Aug 17, 2013 16:36 |  #14

The main tusk (top and bottom) look too fat to be that of a wolf . I would go more that of a bear which depending on the size of the skull could help determine the age of the animal .




  
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Aug 17, 2013 17:26 |  #15

Celestron wrote in post #16216668 (external link)
The main tusk (top and bottom) look too fat to be that of a wolf . I would go more that of a bear which depending on the size of the skull could help determine the age of the animal .

Wrong teeth for a bear


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