A few summers back, Simon and I stopped in at Nez Perce picnic area to relax and read for a few hours in the middle of a hot Yellowstone day.
All of a sudden, Simon looked up and stood rigid. His typical ‘OMG it’s wildlife’ pose. I sensed this, looked around, and saw a coyote slowly, causally walking around the picnic area. Simon (obviously) always prepared, had his camera in hand. I really think it’s attached to his arm sometimes. He carefully kept his distance and watched as this coyote paused for a drink.
Me, in the meantime had crept back to the car to get my camera. I looked up, just as I was opening the door to get my camera and noticed a big brown blob darting its way through the trees right in front of me.
WHAT! That was not the coyote back by the picnic area. Nope. It was a cow moose seemingly running for her life in Hayden Valley (a rare sight) So I pause. And wait to see what is chasing her.
Groan…cars. A whole line of cars were freaking her out creeping up behind her. And she has no where to go along the narrow road, but to keep running at full speed. So I sadly watch as she ran miles down that road, hoping that she could evade these cars pestering her. Hopefully she was ok, or a ranger helped her out down the road.
In the meantime, Simon, totally oblivious to this debacle produced some pretty great photos of this picnic coyote.