Remember that animal or egg remains might have been scavenged after the initial kill – and not necessarily by the same species. Most pest predators will scavenge, as will some native species such as the black-backed gull, weka, Australasian harriers and, occasionally, New Zealand falcons.
Scavenging is difficult to distinguish from kill sign but look nearby for other signs, such as footprints or droppings, that might help identify the predator or the scavenger. A scavenger may still be attracted to the corpse so keep an eye out for the animal itself.
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