Speed Goats and Strange Bedfellows

Sue and I took the highway route to Denver Colorado this week and have thoroughly enjoyed the trip.   The whole 1100 mile trip goes through wildlife country so you get to see deer, elk and hundreds if not thousands of Antelope.  Once we left Utah and hit southern Wyoming the altitude doesn’t vary much between 5500′ and 7000′.  The first you start seeing the speed goats its exciting but it soon becomes old hat.  They have just started to drop their young so we saw a few fawns and like every other young animal they have their own appeal.  It is strange how the young of anything touches even the crustiest and calloused person, or at least it should.  So it was infuriating to me when I looked off to the right side of the highway and out about 200 yards there was a single doe obviously disturbed.   Sue grabbed her binoc’s and checked her out and sure enough, there was a couple coyotes sitting and laying around 20 yards out from the doe, waiting for their dinner to be born.  Coyotes and bear are famous for this tactic whereas wolves don’t bother to wait for the birth to take place.  They just kill the adult an tear the young from the mothers belly.  Some complain about the cruelty of man, but nothing can match these ruthless killers.

The interesting thing about having so many Antelope is you see them with so many other animals.  Even domestic ones.  We saw them feeding close to horses, cows, sheep and even in the same pastures with meat goats.  I had to wonder how they got into some of these pastures as they are not known to be fence jumpers.  If they can’t find a way through or preferably under, they usually don’t cross a fence.  We did see one bunch with a mule deer feeding with it also.

Back to our trip.  I have been to the north edge of Denver before but have never driven through it.  After driving 50 miles of four and five lane, bumper to bumper traffic this country bumkin was ready to head back to Idaho.  Even thinking of having to drive back through that mess tomorrow evening makes me break out in a sweat.  But once we are through it we’ll have a thousand miles of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho to enjoy the open country again.  Sorry we don’t have any pictures, we should have, but I have a hard time stopping once I get the car heading down the road.  Maybe on the way home we can be more patient.

Have a happy and safe 4th.

Comments

2 Responses to “Speed Goats and Strange Bedfellows”

  1. NorCal Cazadora on July 3rd, 2010 8:24 am

    Wow, I’ve had no interest in shooting coyotes until I read what you wrote. I know it’s just nature, but I feel a little extra defensive for females in labor and newborns. I can’t imagine waiting to deliver knowing your baby was going to get eaten – and I don’t doubt for a second that she knew that.

  2. Arthur on July 5th, 2010 6:00 pm

    I’ve never saw an antelope – I’m sheltered, I guess. Or maybe it’s because I’ve never been out west. Seeing one does intrigue me, though.

    And, coyotes are a nuisance. We have so many around us, it’s insane. And they show no mercy, not even to small pets.

    I’m glad the trip was fun, though. And I hope you all had a great fourth as well.

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