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Coyotes on Ice

Welcome, adventurers, to the wild and wondrous realm of Yellowstone National Park, where nature's drama unfolds in breathtaking splendor! Picture, if you will, a scene straight from the pages of a wilderness tale: between the mystical Mammoth Hot Springs and the majestic Tower-Roosevelt, a grand spectacle awaits.


As the dawn breaks on a crisp March morning, the stage is set for a feast fit for the gods. Behold, a mighty grizzly bear, its fur glistening with morning dew, emerges from the icy depths of a pond, dragging with it the remnants of a semi-frozen bison carcass. A tale as old as time, perhaps, of life and death in the heart of the wilderness.


But fear not, for our story has only just begun! For as the grizzly retreats to its solitary lair, a trio of coyotes appears on the scene, their sleek forms gliding gracefully across the shimmering surface of the ice-covered pond. Like phantoms in the mist, they dance upon the dream-like cyan ice, their keen eyes fixed upon the prize that awaits them.


With a chorus of yips and howls, the coyotes descend upon the bloody bounty, each taking their turn to feast upon the well-preserved flesh of the fallen bison. But wait, what's this? The air is alive with the raucous cawing of ravens, those mischievous tricksters of the sky, who circle overhead in search of their share of the spoils.


Ah, but the coyotes are not ones to be trifled with! With a flash of fur and teeth, they chase and harass the intruding ravens, their agile forms a testament to their cunning and agility. And yet, despite their efforts, the ravens persist, their hoarse croaks echoing through the crisp mountain air as they fight for their rightful place at the feast.


But let us not forget, dear friends, the wisdom of the wilderness! For a flock of ravens is more than just a harbinger of death; it is a sign of life renewed, of the eternal cycle of nature's bounty. With their larger-than-life presence and distinctive features, these majestic birds serve as guardians of the land, guiding travelers through the untamed wilderness with their keen eyes and sharp wit.


And so, as the sun sets on another day in Yellowstone's untamed wilderness, let us marvel at the wonders that surround us. For in this magical realm of ice and fire, of grizzlies and coyotes, of ravens and bison, every moment is a masterpiece, every scene a symphony of life and death, of chaos and harmony.


But remember, that the wilds of Yellowstone hold many secrets yet untold. From the elusive wolves that roam the shadowy forests to the ancient geysers that spew forth their steaming breath, there is always more to discover, more to learn, and more to cherish in this land of wonder and awe.

https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/volcanoes/yellowstone/

http://www.arkive.org/coyote/canis-latrans/video-08a.html

http://www.yellowstonepark.com/brothers-that-dont-get-along/

http://www.greater-yellowstone.com/animals/coyote.html

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