cougar elk kill
A wild cougar (Puma concolor) feeds on a young elk (Cervus elephus nelsoni) calf that it killed earlier. Wallowa County, Oregon.
This image was taken during the Oregon Division Of Fish And Wildlife's controversial Cougar Management Plan.
Cougars will often cache prey after the kill, and then return to feed later. A motion-sensing camera photographed this cat returning for a meal.
Please note: This image has been digitally altered. Ear tags and a radio collar placed on the cat by biologists were digitally removed from this image. Original file available upon request.