Imagine you’re a big old Yellowstone grizzly bear who’s just woken after your winter sleep. Food. You need food.
Now imagine that you’re lucky enough to be wandering around the Blacktail Ponds in Yellowstone on an early spring day, and you discover a bison that fell into one of the ponds this winter and couldn’t get out. Score! He’s thawing out, and he’s yours!
You drag him from the water, and eat your first good meal in months. It’s hard work, this scavenging for dinner, so you cover up your prize and lay down for a bit of a snooze.
But something wakes you up. Dang, you’re not alone.
What is it?
Need a better look…
Oh, jeez. It’s that danged coyote.
Gotta get this thing covered more. Maybe he won’t notice it…
Grrrrrr….two of them!
Just keep working. They’ll leave.
Good grief. Now an eagle? Not fair.
At least the coyote is helping. He doesn’t want the eagle there either.
Lordy, this is dirty work. Gotta clean these paws.
Exhausting. Maybe another little nap…
(Postscript): Mr Grizzly eventually had his fill – for the time-being anyway – and left the carcass. Later that afternoon the coyotes came in, one by one, and they and the ravens had quite a feast. Not sure if the young eagle ever got a share or not!