The song dog of the Bighorn Canyon can be heard anywhere in the recreation area, its high pitched melody announces its presence to anyone who happens to be listening.
Despite past efforts to exterminate them, coyotes have survived. In some places, their numbers are increasing. Coyotes have two important factors that aid their survival, intelligence and opportunistic feeding habits. These generalist learn quickly and will avoid traps that they have escaped from before.
Coyotes are truly omnivores, eating whatever is available from elk carrion to fruits and berries. However, the animal’s main diet is rodents. They take an exacting toll on these little critters and are considered quite beneficial to some people.
Did You Know?
Bighorn Canyon NRA contains a portion of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range. The current debate on management of the herd - 188 strong as of 2009 - concerns its size and whether or not it has grown too large for its protected range. More...