A standoff between a cougar and coyotes.

Feeling Unwelcome

Photo taken on March 28, 2013.

The National Elk Refuge’s Outdoor Recreation Planner witnessed a spectacular standoff between two juvenile mountain lions and five coyotes. The coyotes let the cats know they weren’t welcome in the area. The mountain lions sought safety on a buck and rail fence for over an hour while the coyotes lurked in the background.

The coyotes become more aggressive as one of the mountain lions moves down the fenceline.

One in a series of seven photos; Credit: Lori Iverson / USFWS

Photo Credit: Feeling Unwelcome by USFWS Mountain Prairie; used under Creative Commons Attribution License as of 3/31/2013.

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