Very important list. And very serious. And very unknowledgeable. The list of the coolest animals I’ve seen, and think that I’ve seen on the praire and in the mountains of Wyoming, Utah and Colorado. So far.
#1 The prarie dog that sat on the road between Telluride and Grand Junction. It just sat there on its back legs, in the middle of the road. The Subaru in front of us stepped on its breaks and managed to miss it. The prarie dog didn’t care one bit. It just moved a little bit to the side and continued watching the road. I fell instantly in love, and consequently forgot to snap a photo. But it looks like this:
#2 Coyote: I don’t know why I like Coyotes so much. I think it is because they look a bit like wolves, but behave like foxes. They are so incredibly cute when they hunt mice under the snow! I have seen one dead Coyote on the back of a truck. That was scary, but I was still excited. Then I saw a live Coyote on road 230 when we were driving down to Telluride. That of course made me extatic.
#3 Red Fox: I know, I know, red foxes are some of the most adaptive species on this earth and they are everywhere and you get to see them all the time, but still. Foxes are just so cool, and this one was on our porch in Centennial, hunting night moths. It didn’t care about us at all, and we were just inches from it!
#4 Elks – mostly because I’ve just seen them once, and the day I saw then the sky was really dramatic and I was in a dramatic mood going back to Centennial, all alone. But they are really cool, and apparently you don’t see big heards that often, so I was lucky to catch them as they were migrating from Sheep mountain to Medicine Bow or wherever they are going.
#5 Antilopes (Pronghorn): Antilopes should probably come higher up on a list of cool animals, but as we all know, scarcity creates demand and excess supply drives down the price, and I’ve seen more antilopes than I can count, almost everyday and almost everywhere. BUT, it was kind of cool to see them in town the other day when I was out running. And it is always fun to see them jump fences without any approach what so ever. I like antilopes. But Im lousy at taking photos of them..
#6 Steller’s Jay: This bird makes a sound that is like taken from a horror movie, and it looks really cool too. We had a lot of them out in Centennial, and it always freaked me out hearing them as we were skinning up the mountain.
#7 Bald Eagle: words needless
#8 Other Raptors on mass – very cool, hoovering over the prarie
#9: Wild horses: OF COURSE, wild horses should be ranked much higher, but I just can’t get my head around the fact that there are fences around all private land around here, and the horses are on the other side of those fences, and that makes my head think that they are not really wild. But they are definetely very cool. And I do want to ride them, intensively.
#10: Dear – plenty of them, with very cute ears and butts.