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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_
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In open country, there was no place for the cats to hide except for this fence.
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They huddled together and used the river to their advantage, probably hoping to out-wait the yotes.
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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.
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Eventually, one of the cougars decided to run for it.
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One of the cats ran down the fence while the other hid in the grass below the fence.
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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.
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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.

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