(I did this post some time ago and it is so amazing I'll put it in again, as this is one dude who will never go hungry).
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 cliff 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 them in Arizona when hunting Pronghorn and in the southeastern part of the Mojave Desert. In my area their favorite would be the desert coyote which weigh between 30 to 35 pounds.
This is about a seven minute video of some very amazing footage. This video was taped in the high mountains of Mexico, and narrated in Spanish.
When Golden Eagles Attack:
When Golden Eagles Attack: Director Decalz - prehensal (vodpod) | Lockerz