We often think of the preserves as a wonderful buffer against urban sprawl, where we can take in some stunning views, get some exercise or simply find a moment of zen.
But the preserves also are a wonderfully diverse habitat filled with a wide variety of animals ... and it takes a lot of food to fuel those animals. Lucky for them, the open space they live in is a 24-hour smorgasbord.
Many people prefer to only see the cuter and cuddly side of nature and look past the brutally raw side of it. While it may not always be pretty, the reality is that everybody has to eat.
These amazing photos perfectly illustrate that.
This one appears to be a bit of a messy eater.