Wildlife Photos: Mountain Lion Cubs Surrounded by Pack of Coyotes

A pack of coyotes is a force to be reckoned with as these two unfortunate cougars found out. Lori Iverson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service captured photos of a standoff between the two cub mountain lions and five coyotes at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming. The lions climbed a fence to escape the coyotes and were held at bay for more than an hour. See Iverson's photos here.
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All photos by: Lori Iverson / USFWS_
In open country, there was no place for the cats to hide except for this fence.
They huddled together and used the river to their advantage, probably hoping to out-wait the yotes.
Iverson watched from a distance and snapped photos of the encounter. The cats were unwilling to make a break for it and the coyotes were unable to reach them on the fence.
Eventually, one of the cougars decided to run for it.
One of the cats ran down the fence while the other hid in the grass below the fence.
Iverson watched one of the cats disappear in the distance with the coyotes in hot pursuit. When Iverson decided to call it a day, the other cat was still hidden in the grass.
Both of the mountain lion cubs were spotted days later alive and uninjured.

Lori Iverson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service captured photos of a standoff between the two cub mountain lions and five coyotes at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, Wyoming.