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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Lion, Coyote, and Bear Pair Eat from Deer Feast (night 2)

You may remember that a mountain lion killed a deer back in June, very close to houses. The lion and two bears ate a lot of the carcass on the first night.

Because the carcass was in a dangerous spot for animals who prefer to avoid humans, I didn't expect either the lion or the bears to return for a second night of eating. I was wrong.

The lion arrived when it was barely dark, and she ate the paltry food left on the carcass. Because most people hadn't gone to bed yet, you'll hear the sound of cars and multiple different dogs barking. It looked as if these sounds made her nervous as she continually stopped eating to look toward the road or toward the multiple nearby houses. I suspect that her anxiousness was why she didn't stay long.

After she left, a lone coyote arrived. He was SUPER nervous. He crept up to the carcass, took one bite, and then departed. I think that he didn't want to meet a lion or bears. I'm sure that he could smell them from the previous night.

Finally, two very talkative bears arrived. The sow was the same one from the first night - "Mohawk". I am not certain whether the male was the same boyfriend as from the previous night or if she'd picked up a new one (sows do that without embarrassment during mating season).

My favorite part of the video is near the end when the sow picked up the carcass and left the camera's view just as the male was approaching. I could imagine her saying "MINE, MINE, MINE". He was a good sport about it and let her have her fill.

Please remember that our wild animals are trying to make a living on the edges of our human world. They deserve the space to succeed. I was so impressed with the nearby neighbors letting the wildlife devour the carcass with no interference. They kept themselves and their pets safe while staying out of the way. Here's the scene with only one of several homes visible.

Enjoy the video!


  1. they have better manners than our dogs, no fight for food...

  2. Hari OM
    Wildlife equivalent of MacDonalds - nothing like a ready meal!!! YAM xx

  3. That deer fed a lot of hungry mouths.

  4. Someone must have hung out a sign that said free buffet everyone welcome come on down to the wildlife Cafe! They all looked nervous when they got there except for the Bears of course. I can't believe how close they were to that house. And I did hear the dog barking. And I also saw in the still shot the little bird sitting out there waiting his or her turn

  5. They sure have a dining room with a view!

  6. What great action from that one deer.

  7. KB, Simply amazing! A good reminder that it was their land first and that we need to give them space and let them be.
    Thank you for always sharing your world with us.
    Hugs, Noreen

  8. Hunger is a powerful motivator in the wild. Like you, I hope they can peacefully exist where humans move into their habitat.

  9. What a great capture, I thought your cameras were further away from populated (by people) areas.

  10. Excellent capture...AL fresco dining at it's finest.
    Hugs Cecilia

  11. Dining room with a view - we loved Brian's comment:) Mohawk sure looked a lot more relaxed than the others.

  12. We are also very impressed with the nearby residences keeping their distance!

  13. It is amazing they are really so close to the homes. They must feel comfortable.

  14. Thank you for your awesome and educational videos. We love them.

  15. I just got a trail cam, don't think our wildlife is going to be As exciting!


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