Sharing moments in time…

Magic Morning at Yellowstone – Wolf and Coyote Show


This post is about one of those magic moments where you get to witness and capture something completely unexpected but amazing.  We were making an early morning drive through Lamar Valley in the Northern end of the park when we spotted a lone wolf a good distance away down in the valley.  We pulled over just as he was making his way toward a herd of Bison.  He made a few tentative attempts to separate a “red dog” bison calf away from its mother but the mom kept itself between the wolf and calf and the predator kinda lost interest.  Shortly after that, a group of 5 or 6 bison chased the wolf away from the main herd.  Somewhere  during all this action, a coyote joined the party and began nipping at the wolf’s heels.  We were still a long ways away but we could hear the coyote’s barking clearly.  The wolf slowly turned toward us and started walking quickly towards where we were parked.  The Coyote kept pace and never left his trail position behind the wolf – yelling the entire time.  Eventually we got a better view of the whole proceeding and were able to get a photo of the encounter.  I managed to get this shot of the Wolf coming at us, the coyote with mouth open as it chased the wolf, and the buffalo behind with their young.  Sort of a perfect description of what Yellowstone is all about.

Mornings don't get much better than this....

Mornings don’t get much better than this….

We continued to watch as that coyote chased the wolf for about 2 miles!!  Even when the wolf turned and showed the size of his teeth the coyote kept coming…

"Momma what big teeth you have"

“Momma what big teeth you have”

 

6 responses

  1. Excellent capture!!!

    August 4, 2013 at 12:46 pm

  2. One of the most fantastic moments I have had in Yellowstone and great that it was super company,it really was an amazing sight! Can you believe that I was accused of “photoshopping” this sequence!

    August 4, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    • Is that right? Who accused you – Neil?? 🙂

      August 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      • Ha ha well maybe using an alias he did lol no some folks on a facebook group,soon put them straight with the full sequence!

        August 5, 2013 at 3:02 am

  3. Interesting

    August 4, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    • Thanks Mike – I’m glad you think so. We were astounded that the wolf put up with it for so long.

      August 7, 2013 at 10:35 am

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