Following signs in the snow that the pack pursued a deer, Laudon was able to track down a recent kill. From appearances, the young buck was chased through the valley and possibly fell while climbing a nearby hill. The deer was killed and the carcass dragged more than 100 meters to where Laudon and Sammie found it. The buck exhibits typical wolf kill signs, a carcass picked clean, not a scrap wasted. Laudon checks things like the teeth and bone marrow to get a sense of the deer's age and health.