Yippee Ki-Yay! Rare Coyote and Mountain Lion Meeting Caught on Tape
A rare meeting between a coyote and a mountain lion was caught on camera in an Orange County park.
As the mountain lion walks by, the coyote walks back a few steps and yips at it. The user who uploaded the video to YouTube said the coyote drove the lion away, but the lion looks unfazed to us.
The story of the lion doesn't end there. He was apparently was also unfazed by the beanbags rounds that Department of Fish and Game officials fired at it on Monday. Because the lion seemed to have lost his fear of humans, he was captured and will end up living the rest of his life in captivity, according to the Orange County Register.
The lion was first spotted on Monday July 9, prompting the closure of Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park just outside Lake Forest at the scene of a fatal mountain lion attack in 2004. It was reopened later that Friday when this video was shot. Fish and Game officials fired the beanbag rounds at it on Monday in the hopes of scaring the lion off to another area but because the lion continued to hang around there, they made the decision to bring the lion into captivity.
"The hope was to just be able to haze that lion, and get it to be able to move on," Fish and Game Capt. Dan Sforza told the Register. "That wasn't, obviously, the case, so it kind of made us curious as to why that lion was stay in in the area—tied to being right there."