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Top 10 Places to See Wildlife in North America

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A coyote in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

9. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

If you’re looking for variety, Rocky Mountain National Park delivers, with elk herds numbering more than 3,000, about 800 bighorn sheep, numerous mule deer and a small population of moose.

But one of the highlights of this spot is the opportunity to better understand one of nature’s most maligned creatures … the coyote.

Check out the appropriately named Coyote Valley Trail — an easy, handicap-accessible one-mile loop along the Colorado River in Kawuneeche Valley.

Smart, resourceful, and adaptable, these cousins to your pet dog got a bad rap from old cowboy movies and never seem to have recovered.

Until now.

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