Mountain Lions Versus Coyotes

Here’s a fine photograph of a pack of coyotes who have chased two young pumas, aka mountain lions. The pumas found sanctuary on top of a large wooden fence – a rail fence – where they are in a standoff. They remained there for more than an hour. The puma is wonderfully athletic and used those skills to escape the coyotes.

You can see what appears to be a condor or eagle or some other very large bird in the top left hand corner of the picture.

Coyotes chase two juvenile cougars

Coyotes chase two juvenile cougars. Photo by USFWS Mountain Prairie

These juvenile mountain lions are quite small and inexperienced. Adult mountain lions would have behaved differently. There is a balance of power going on and clearly five adult coyotes trump two young cougars.

Dogs hunting in packs are formidable. In Asia wild dogs in large packs can take on a tiger and win.

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Mountain Lions Versus Coyotes — 4 Comments

  1. ruth and michael,i agree with what you both said.lions are the only cats that opperate in a pride,but that is to bring down prey much heavier and bigger,but other cats such as cheetahs operate and kill alone because it ensures a better survial rate for that type of cat even though cheetahs have been known to go after prey twice their size with success.the same goes for puma,jaguars,and tigers,but it is sad to hear about a tiger being killed by a pack of wild dogs because a tiger is a far more superior animal when it comes down to defending themselves(tiger vs. dog)than a single dog of any size or breed.

  2. In my opinion,pound for pound (if you put a 100 lb cat against a 100 pound dog)the cat will always win.A cat is faster,more agile and has more defences than a dog.

    • Agreed. It is just the pack hunting instincts of dogs (and gangs of idle youths!) which are dangerous. I remember a sad story of a tiger being killed by a pack of dogs. The tiger killed many of the dogs but they kept on coming. They wore the tiger down and killed it.

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