Coyote, Canis latrans, Predation on a Bison, Bison bison, Calf in Yellowstone National Park

J. W. Sheldon, Gregory Reed, A. Cheyenne Burnett, Kevin Li, Robert L. Crabtree


We observed a single adult male Coyote (Canis latrans) kill a Bison (Bison bison) calf in Yellowstone National Park. The predation is, to our knowledge, the only direct and complete observation of a lone Coyote capturing and killing a Bison calf. The bison calf had unsuccessfully attempted to ford a river with a group and subsequently become stranded alone in the territory of a six-year-old alpha male Coyote.


Coyote; Canis latrans; Bison; Bison bison; predation; Yellowstone

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