Iowa Trail Cam Captures Bobcat & A Coyote Battle For A Deer Carcass

Bobcat coyote fighting in the woods
Paul B

The age old tale of cat versus dog…

It’s no secret that canines and felines don’t exactly get along. Of course, there’s the exceptions that melt everyone’s heart when they go viral, but for the most part you don’t want to mix your German Shepherds and American Shorthairs.

And while all animals in the wild have at least some aversion to each other, it seems this rivalry is even more present in the great outdoors, as proved by this trail cam video captured in Iowa.

According to a comment left by the poster, the deer carcass was roadkill and the camera was set up to try and capture some cool videos… and boy did they hit the jackpot.

The bobcat finds the deer first and seemed to have been enjoying its meal when a noise from behind spooks it. That’s where the video starts.

The coyote appears from the left side of the screen, trying to be sneaky but the cats senses are way too good for that and it immediately starts playing defense, trying to stay between the unwanted visitor and its dinner.

The coyote is nervous, jumping back and forth, seemingly wanting to scare the bobcat off rather than get in a real fight. Eventually the bobcat has enough and runs the skittish coyote off for a bit. He does return, but by that point it’s clear the bobcat knows who the dominant one is and seems rather unfazed by any potential threat the coyote poses.

The video cuts off, but I think we’ve seen enough to determine who ate well and who went hungry that night…

Score one for the felines.

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A beer bottle on a dock