Ted Muley turns the tables
Retired Fish and Wildlife endangered species biologist,Ted Kuch confirmed an observation I made while golfing. “I'm on the golf course and across one of the fairways comes this coyote, not running at a full pace but running at a pretty good pace, followed by two mule does. Oh, yeah. Chasing them. Yeah. Is that possible? Oh certainly. I've seen that. Yeah. No coyotes will test. And you know, you see this, actually there's a lot of predators like that.
I've seen cow elk do that with wolves in Yellowstone and so well with two wolves, you know, as opposed to a whole wolf pack. Yeah. Yeah I know but. Yeah. You know Elk and deer are formidable animals. They’ve got big sharp hooves. Almost 400 pounds. You know, mule deer can weigh 180 pounds. And they’ve got sharp hooves and they're aggressive and athletic and strong. And so. Yeah, if you’re a little coyote when you test the wrong doe or Buck Well, yeah. Really? Yeah. That's fascinating, isn't it. Cool.
It is cool. You look on nature shows and you always see packs of wolves taking down some noble, beautiful undulate, whether it's a mulie or an elk or whatever. It was fun to see the other side of that. Oh, yeah. And it's a tough life being a predator. I'll tell you from a distance people sometimes vilify predators because they kill those poor, innocent, defenseless mule deer does. But I don't know that the mule deer see it the same way.