cougar killed elk
A wild cougar (Puma concolor) uncovers a young elk (Cervus elephus nelsoni) calf that it killed and covered with debris earlier.
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.