The Realities of Ranching During A Drought

A coyote picked apart by buzzards. 

A coyote picked apart by buzzards. 

While checking on the herd the other day I spotted some buzzards circling. It's a very unwelcome sight to see these grotesque birds spiraling above your property, something is dead.  

Immediately I feared that we might have lost a calf.  I continued driving to get a better look. When I was about 300 yards from the buzzards I quickly threw the truck into park and got out.  As I walked toward the buzzards they slowly took off.  I was relieved to see that they were not preying on one of our calves. Thank goodness!  It seemed the buzzards had been cleaning the carcass of a young coyote.  All that was left was the coyote's head, backbone and fury tail.  The drought has not only stressed our cattle and grasslands but also the wildlife.  It has taken a toll on everything, not to mention gives me stress worrying about the well-being of my livestock.  As I walked back toward the truck, the buzzards, in a circular kinda of fashion.... slowly started to descend back down toward their meal.