It is an unfortunate happening. Many game cameras will be vandalized or pilfered over their lifetime. Python locks are used to keep the game cameras from being lifted. My vandals usually have 4 legs but occasionally there are those that have two.
The two-legged variety of vandals perch and defecate on the camera. The four-legged variety usually hit the camera with speed, resulting in the tripod mount being broken and the camera somewhere on the ground.
My usual 4-legged suspects are deer. Curious elk and cranky bears will also displace cameras. This week, I found two tripod mounted cameras upside down and facing the opposite direction of their intended targets. After reviewing the video, I have determined the vandal was a curious cow.
The cow investigated the camera in the early morning hours. -Patches