One of my hopes in going to Yellowstone was to be one of the lucky few to see a wolf in the wild. I had seen wolves before (in Alaska) but had yet to take a good photo of one. My fallback was going to be a visit to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone. As it turns out, on my last day in the park I got up early (about 5 am) and went out into the Lamar Valley. I was intending to find a yellow SUV that locals had told me was a guy who tracks wolves (by their radio collars) for the park every day. I got out there took a few pictures of other things and had stopped by some folks with huge spotting scopes to see what they were looking at. At that moment a car pulled up and let us know that there was a wolf sighting just off the road a couple of hundred yards away. Needless to say, I bolted to where the crowd was starting to gather and got to see a wolf cross a grassy field. I got a few shots but mostly wolf rear ends and wolf parts obscured by grass. Just when I thought that wolf was gone, a second wolf started to run across the same area. Again, not a lot of great photos but I did manage to get this shot of the wolf highlighted against the morning sun in the grass.
We actually saw three wolves in that pack that morning but many of the views were in deep shadows, obscured by the terrain and foliage, or very far away. In spite of all that, it was exciting to see them. When the “wolf tracker” showed up in the crowd, he told us this was a pack that lived in a den just down the road from where we were and that the ones we saw were two adults (with radio collars) and a yearling that hadn’t been collared yet.
I hope you liked this wild shot (I believe this was the yearling). The other wolf photos I’ll post this week are from the discovery center but I hope you’ll be interested in some of the things that I learned there. Have a great Monday!