An amazing scene played out yesterday just before dusk at the National Elk Refuge over in Wyoming. In a standoff that lasted for more than an hour, five coyotes cornered two juvenile mountain lions, who took refuge up on a buck and rail fence.

Eventually, one of the cats climbed down and made a break for it, with the coyotes in hot pursuit. The other cat was then able to sneak quietly away.

The photographer, an employee of the park, did not interfere and no one knows how it all turned out.

Photos by Lori Iverson of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Mountain-Prairie Region.

(Source: early-onset-of-night)