Earlier this September while archery hunting for elk in the Colorado Rockies, I encountered more dusky grouse than on any of the other trips I’ve made over the years. At nearly every turn it seemed, I was either flushing dusky grouse or observing them walking nonchalantly in front of me as I followed slowly behind.
Few species of wildlife are as successful, resilient, resourceful and intelligent as coyotes. Moreover, coyotes help control small rodent populations of mice and voles. Indeed, their predatory role in nature is vital to maintain healthy and functioning ecosystems.
Suddenly, and quite unexpectedly, a mountain lion appeared just 35 yards downslope on my side of the creek, slowly walking on a game trail. Looking forward, the big cat’s stride was deliberate, as it, too, was hunting.