Image # 10253
Coyote Finds a Meal at Malheur
Established by President Roosevelt in 1908, Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest wildlife preserves in the United States. Its 185,540 acres include marshes, wet meadows and high deserts. Mammals found on the refuge include coyote, pronghorn antelope and mule deer. The refuge also attracts almost 300 species of birds, and the coyote pictured here has managed to make a meal of one of them. Life on the refuge is not without its hazards for coyotes since they are subject to the refuge's predator control program. Say what you will about them, Coyotes are survivors. Despite the best efforts of humans to trap, shoot, poison and utterly eradicate them, they persist. In fact, they are even spreading back to reclaim their historic territory in the Eastern US where the eradication effort was at least temporarily successful. As varmint hunting and trapping has declined, they are even attempting to recolonize urban areas of both coasts.