Jay Cutler is a man of many occupations: Football player, farmer, and now chicken murder detective.
About a week ago, the former Chicago Bears quarterback, who owns a farm in Nashville, kept coming across grizzly decapitated chickens on his property. He spent the following days consumed with trying to find the culprit. He took to Instagram to document his pursuit of the heartless creature that was responsible for ripping his chickens’ heads off. This week, a break came in the case, as Cutler caught the alleged chicken killer in the act…. It was a raccoon.
Cutler first started documenting his sleuthing on his Instagram account, @ifjayhadinstagram, on June 24, as he was reeling from the loss of a few birds.
“We’ve got a chicken serial killer on the loose. We’ve lost quite a few,” he said in a video posted to his account. “Tonight we’re going to set up a trail camera to see if it’s a coyote, bobcat, raccoon. It could be anything– not sure.”
Over the course of his “investigation,” the 37-year-old mused about whether the murders could be an inside job, identifying his cat Thelma as a prime suspect. He also put his rooster in charge of security and appealed to followers to see if they could guess who the chicken killer was.
This soon attracted the attention of gun retailer Christensen Arms, which gave Cutler a free rifle to protect his chickens. The company also set up a contest, inviting the public to guess what kind of animal was killing the birds. The winner was awarded a free gun and a $1,000 gift card to its web store.
If you followed this series of events, you know it wasn’t an easy mystery to solve. Cutler experienced some malfunctioning cameras and empty traps that caused him frustration.
“I’m being taunted, mocked and outwitted by a small animal,” he wrote in an Instagram post this week. “Only one option left.”
He eventually figured out that the killer was a raccoon after he camped out in a tree with his rifle and some night vision goggles. Cutler informed followers that his search was over on Wednesday, but didn’t elaborate on whether he shot the trash panda, or caught it in a trap.
Despite closing the case and holding the perpetrator accountable, Cutler said he’s keeping his eyes peeled for any of the raccoon’s “family members,” who might try to avenge their chicken-killing relative.