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The great thing about camping is to see up close nature, even the good, bad, and ugly side of nature. Predator animals kill for food and their own survival.

I'm sure when were thinking of predators were most likely thinking of coyote, wolf, and mountain lion. Here's another predator who is probably the most proficient hunter of them all, the 'Golden Eagle' found in the Southwest and in mountain areas. The Golden Eagle can have a wing span between 7 to 8 feet. He will weigh between 14 to 16 pounds. But here's the real kicker... he can carry (in flight) 3 times his own weight. So it's possible that he can carry close to 50 pounds.

The Golden Eagle preys on the yearlings in the Southwest mountain areas for whitetail deer, goat, and sheep. The Golden Eagle is a pretty smart dude, if he finds a mature sheep or goat in a disadvantaged position high on a mountain side or clipp type area, he can easily knock this animal off letting it fall to it's death upon hitting the ground.

The Golden Eagle is only slightly larger than the American Bald Eagle. The main difference is that the Golden Eagle is a much more aggressive bird with a nasty disposition and fearless. The Southwest Indians were always weary of this bird as it could come down and pick up small children if they were not attended. I've seen the Golden Eagle in the South-East section of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona. These guys are not bashful.

This is about a seven minute video of some very amazing footage. This video was taped in the high mountain areas of Mexico, and is narrated in Spanish.
Be prepared to be totally amazed!

When Golden Eagles Attack:
YouTube - ‪Golden Eagle dragging mountains goats off cliffs.‬‏
 

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There are a few predators that aren't bashful about taking on lager prey. Predators seem to have the ability to measure their prey and attack it's weakness. Thanks for your comments.
 
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