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Yellowstone National Park
A bloody-faced and bloody-pawed coyote distances itself from an elk carcass it was feeding on, after the surprise return of the wolf pack to their kill. The coyote sprinted, at times through deep snow, to increase its distance from the approaching wolves, not slowing until it was a comfortable 3-4 KM away. It was exhausting to witness. I wondered if the elk meat in the coyote’s belly would yield more calories than those expended escaping; and if the effort was worth the risk. As a human experiencing this behavior, I can’t help pondering the perilous existence these animals face daily. What we consider extraordinary is business as usual for the wildlife of Yellowstone.
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A bloody-faced and bloody-pawed coyote distances itself from an elk carcass it was feeding on, after the surprise return of the wolf pack to their kill.  The coyote sprinted, at times through deep snow, to increase its distance from the approaching wolves, not slowing until it was a comfortable 3-4 KM away. It was exhausting to witness. I wondered if the elk meat in the coyote’s belly would yield more calories than those expended escaping; and if the effort was worth the risk.  As a human experiencing this behavior, I can’t help pondering the perilous existence these animals face daily. What we consider extraordinary is business as usual for the wildlife of Yellowstone.