I could see if there was deep snow with a hardpack crust that the 'yotes could run on. That DOES happen. But healthy adult whitetail bucks AND does, will drive coyotes off. I've seen it more than once. In fact, around my place, the deer pretty much ignore the coyotes if you see them in the same woods or fields at the same time.
One gun season I shot a big bodied 10 pointer. We had good tracking snow, so we trailed him for about 6 hours. I guessed that it was a one lung hit, because in his beds we did see lung blood, but a double lunged deer does not go for 6 hours! We left him as it got dark, as he went down a bluff into thick cover. My hope was that he would bed and die there overnight. Next morning at full light we picked up the trail again. He did bed not far from there, but that's where we saw the 3 sets of coyote tracks come in. From there, he went down the bluff in about 5 bounds, and then on level ground there was a 25 yard round area, with blood, hair and tracks. Then the bucks tracks went one way, and the coyotes in the opposite direction. Here was a wounded whitetail buck that FOUGHT OFF at least 3 coyotes. At that point I tipped my hat to him. Eventually he went where we couldn't go, and the neighbor found him a week later right about where I shot at him. That was some buck!
The buck in those pics was NOT a healthy buck deer. No way. If it was, then we now have a super race of coyotes that will make wolf predation look like a housecats. And good-bye deer hunting. There are far too many coyotes around that if they can start killing healthy adult deer willy-nilly then it's over.
That said, I have heard of, and I don't discount it, of coyotes in the northeast that came out of Canada that have crossed with wolves. These are bigger, more aggressive, and tend to pack hunt more than our garden variety coyote of the west and mid west.
What this video does show is that despite the movies and fairy tales, mother nature is a real b***h, and the hard truth is that most wild things suffer and end like this. For something to live, something else must die, and the dying part ain't pretty. What I hope this movie doesn't contribute to, are asinine statments like......
"Coyotes...cold blooded killers."
They are PREDATORS, and damn good ones to boot. They are doing what their genes are telling them to do. Do they need to be managed? Of course. But please...no anthrophamorphic labels!!!!
Offer No Apologies.....
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