At first glance, it's a bit tough to determine what may be hanging from a tree inside a State Park in Upstate New York.  It looks like something from a horror movie or perhaps even a sick prank,  but when you take a closer look it becomes pretty obvious.  What is it?

So why are there animal carcasses hanging from a tree in Upstate, NY?

Julie Dowd, a photographer with RedFin Studios told us the pictures were taken over the weekend while she was visiting Moreau Lake State Park in Saratoga County, about an hour north of Albany.

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When she posted the pictures on Facebook, she wrote, "Odd sighting with a great explanation. From far away, this looked like a large hive, but zooming in, I saw that it was obviously skeletal remains. Someone at Moreau Lake State Park quickly answered my query."

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The explanation they gave to Dowd was that most likely, the carcass was hung in the tree so that eagles could find them quickly - and it appears as though they did. "It is more than likely a deer skeleton," they told Dowd. "The town places deer carcasses from road incidents over on the islands for the Eagles."

Take a closer look at the skeletons below, the carcasses completely picked clean by a hungry Bald Eagle.

Photo: Julie Dowd RedHenStudios Photography
Mysterious skeleton in Moreau State Park in Upstate NY
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Photo: Julie Dowd RedHen Studios
Mysterious skeleton in Moreau State Park in Upstate NY
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Photo: Julie Dowd RedHen Studios
Mysterious skeleton in Moreau State Park in Upstate NY
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