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Deer 008

The Southwest is full of legends, myths, icons and symbols.  The bleached skull  has long symbolic history with the west, from buffalo skulls left across the plains to their incorporation of skulls into modern art and decor.  This skull was found on a hike in the Sandia Mountains, east of Albuquerque, NM.  Not only is it a young buck, but it is a relatively fresh kill probably from a mountain lion or cougar.