Last week, while camping in north central Colorado, I had an amazing experience saving a baby elk from becoming breakfast for a pack of coyotes.
I posted the whole crazy story on my blog:
Anyone ever had a similar experience?
Pretty neat write up! Great memories im sure.
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Thanks @hardstalk! Great memories indeed. Doing my part to help the local elk population as the numbers could be higher for this area.
That's a cool story Rudy. I'm glad you were there to help out the little guy. Like you wrote coyotes need to eat too but I kind of like the thought of seeing him grow up a bit and perhaps you will get the chance to hunt him one day when he is all grown up. Thanks for posting the story.
I've seen my share of animals becoming prey out my way but never really been in a place to pitch in like you did. I see more of the aftermath from predator prey contact. I saw this guy's aftermath while hiking out on the coast. There's a lot of Great White sharks out my way on the coast in the "Red Triangle" for instance. Nature can be and is pretty brutal but it's a way of life out there and it's a real reality out there in the wild.
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Thanks Kevin! Hopefully that little guy grows up and gives someone a hunt of a lifetime.
Thanks for sharing your pics and story too. Amazing to see Mother Nature at work. Sometimes we can just watch whole other times we have a chance to be a part of it in some way.
I drove out in ! of my hay fields years ago at night. I saw some deer and what I thought was 2 fawnes running around playing. I speedup to get a closer look in the headlights and it turned out to be a coyote chasing a fawn trying to kill it. When I drove up the coyote ran off and I couldnt get a shot at him but it saved the fawn!
I've sat in on a few CPW meetings here in Colorado and many of the Department members have been saying the same thing for years and years.....their research indicates that coyotes have very little impact on deer and elk babies. Wonder if any of their researchers have ever spent any actual time in the outdoors away from their classroom computers? Hmmm?
A month or so ago I was bass fishing at Bullards Bar Res and saw this yearling out in the middle not looking to good, so I got a little closer to check it out. The little $hit was floundering around and I didn't think she was going to make to the bank so I pulled up along side of her with my trolling motor and grabbed her by the ears. She went relaxed and did not struggle all the way to shore that was probably 7 to 8 hundred yards. She could barely crawl up on the bank from exhaustion.