Friday, April 30
immediately north of jackson is the national elk refuge, where hundreds of elk spend the winter, seen at a distance in the first photo. usually there are bison, as well, but this winter was so open - meaning there wasn't a lot of snow in the area - the bison didn't come out of yellowstone national park, which lies just to the north of the refuge.
i don't know about you, but the men i hang out with around here keep a rifle in their pickup, and if they so much as glimpse a coyote while driving through their pastures they slam on the breaks, whip the rifle out, whistle at the coyote for him to stop, and take as many shots as they can.
it's akin to a housewife trying to rid her kitchen and pantry of mice. you see, the thing is the coyotes are very prolific - they reproduce at amazingly successful rates - and they're hard on livestock. even with all the ranchers' efforts, they're kind of like prairie dogs and mice. there will always be another to take its place. and they're very, very clever.
Posted by Christy