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A Coyote pauses during the hunt of an Elk in Rocky Mountain National park, Colorado.

I have never witnessed a lone Coyote go after a full grown Elk before until I photographed this scene. Apparently this Coyote thought it was a Wolf and could take down a full grown cow all by itself. We watched this scene for a long time as the Coyote just would not give up, chasing the Elk through the river and in through the forested areas of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, stopping only to rest for a minute or two until going at it again. The Elk seemed quite confused by the whole ordeal and had obvious bite marks on her lower hind legs. I wondered where the rest of the Coyote pack of Moraine Park was at as this was certainly their valley and theirs alone. No where to be found though. I managed to captured this shot of her while she took a breather and a moments pause to re-gather her stamina. Soaking wet from chasing the Elk in the river, she looked at us for a few moments before continuing onwards in her hunt, which I imagine was pretty unsuccessful. None the less, an amazing scene which I was able to witness and photograph.


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I am a photographer based in the beautiful state of Colorado who focuses on nature, retro and country lifestyle images on my wonderful state! I have been shooting since the middle 1980s and my adventures have taken me all over. I am grateful for where I live and consider myself fortunate.Join me on my photographic journey to show you that beauty still exists in the world.

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  • John  De Bord Photography
    John De Bord ...almost 3 years ago

  • jodi payne
    jodi paynealmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot….how lucky you were to witness this!!

  • Warren  Patten
    Warren Pattenalmost 3 years ago

    Great pose & capture John..cheers mate.

  • rdalpes
    rdalpesalmost 3 years ago


  • Delfino
    Delfinoalmost 3 years ago

    Great take!

  • FrizzieKizzie
    FrizzieKizziealmost 3 years ago

    This is fantastic :)

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