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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.
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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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