[Skin, skull, and spinal column of the striped skunk.
Leg bones with feet attached were nearby.]
It's not often that you find a skinned skunk on the trail, but there it was.
Fred was sniffing it intensely.
Whatever ate it, it dined fastidiously.
The inverted hide is what you get when a predator pulls flesh from the torso and limbs while standing on the hide.
Its hard to say what killed this skunk, assuming that it didn't die of other causes.
In this area, gray foxes, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, and great horned owls are the common predators reported to eat skunk, usually when quite hungry.
I'd rule out mountain lion, because a large cat would have eaten the backbone. The same for a coyote.
A bobcat or a gray fox, on the other hand, would nip and shear the meat away from the backbone.
My hunch? . . . we're looking at the table scraps of a bobcat or gray fox.