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Photos of coyote and deer in a standoff

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, January 19th, 2012 at 8:27 am in coyotes, deer, River otters, Wolves.

Coyote and deer in standoff. Photo by Scott Campbell, Fairfield, CA
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I’m that guy who captured the photo of the river otters in the Richmond Marina a year or 2 ago.

I was on a hike in the Marina Headlands National Park yesterday and saw something amazing.  I looked up the cliff and saw a deer and a big old coyote nervously watching each other.  The coyote was sizing up the deer while the deer stood motionless, and then I guess the coyote decided, “Naaa, he’s too big, I think I will just lay down tight here and chill.”  I was able to capture that moment with my camera.  The coyote was BEAUTIFUL!  HUGE for a coyote!  It was one of those moments photographers and nature lovers live to see!  Hunter and Hunted just chilling together.

Anyway, I just wanted to share these with you. Have a great day!!
Scott Campbell, Fairfield, California

Coyote and deer sizing each other up. Photo by Scott Campbell, Fairfield, CA
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Beautiful shots! I suspect these little encounters between predator and prey happen a lot more times that we realize.

The predator doesn’t always win in these encounters, you know. Sometimes, as you have photographed here, it’s a draw. Sometimes the predator wins and kills its prey. And on rare occasions, the prey animal may win.

A friend of mine who used to do research on wolves up in Alaska told me an interesting story. He was observing a small pack of wolves, 6 animals, as they chased a female (doe) deer. The doe suddenly stopped, turned on the little pack, reared up on her hind legs and started striking out at the wolves with her front hooves. The wolves stopped, stood back and evaluated the situation, then, to my friend’s surprise, turned and loped off back into the trees.

After giving it some thought, my friend decided that the wolves didn’t want to risk getting injured by the deer’s sharp hooves. An injured predator might not be able to hunt … and that means the predator might eventually die from a combination of the injury and starvation. Interesting. And we humans call them “dumb animals.” Wanna bet? /Gary

A big old coyote. Photo by Scott Campbell, Fairfield, CA.
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