Billings Gazette photographer Larry Mayer leads an exciting life. He only needs to drive to work to spot an incredible photo opportunity, a coyote chasing a pronghorn doe in an attempt to hamstring it for a morning meal. Mayer captured photos of the wild dance right next to the road to his house. Turns out the coyote-pronghorn connection is not unusual. Studies in Yellowstone have shown coyotes were to blame for the majority of pronghorn fawn deaths. And a search of YouTube brings up a few pronghorn-coyote encounters captured on video. Still, it’s hard to believe that a canine so small in comparison to its prey would attempt such an exhausting hunt. This one ended unsuccessfully for the coyote and in favor of the pronghorn.
(Written by Brett French – Outdoors Editor for the Billings Gazette)