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Why coyotes and badgers hunt together

Competition and cooperation aren't mutually exclusive. Just ask a coyote or a badger.

Bison bull (Bison bison) and a black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus). Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Comanche County, Oklahoma.

American badger and coyote team up to hunt prairie dogs together. science here: http://www.ecology.info/badger-coyote.htm

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Why coyotes and badgers hunt together

A field camera caught this amazing shot, which shows the coyote and badger trotting across the landscape with a prairie dog looking on in the foreground. (Photo: National Black-footed Ferret Conservation Center/Facebook)

Coyotes often live in packs of about six closely related individuals. But they usualy hunt in pairs, not in whole packs. They live in burrows, often ones dug by groundhogs or badgers, although they may sometimes dig their own. Their favorite foods are small mammals, including voles, prairie dogs, eastern cottontail rabbits, and mice. Both parents take turns feeding the older pups. How do they do it? They throw up partly digested food and let them eat that.

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Wind Cave National Park South Dakota | Prairie Dogs, Wind Cave National Park, South Dakota | Flickr - Photo ...

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