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Cougar kittens evade coyotes at Elk Refuge

Cougar kits hunker on a fence during a one-hour stand off with five coyotes that didn't want them in their territory at the National Elk Refuge. (Lori Iverson  / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Cougar kits hunker on a fence during a one-hour stand off with five coyotes that didn't want them in their territory at the National Elk Refuge. (Lori Iverson / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Where's a good tree when you need it?

Two cougar kittens used their climbing skills and a wooden fence to evade five coyotes on the National Elk Refuge near Jackson, Wyo., as shown in a series of photos by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Outdoor Recreation Planner Lori Iverson.

Iverson witnessed a spectacular standoff between two juvenile mountain lions as 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.

Here, one of the coyotes has moved in closer. Notice the flattened positions of the mountain lions.

Click here to see the rest of Iverson's photos.



Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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