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Bear and Wolf Sightings ~ 25 - 27 May 2008 Trip Report ~ by Bill Hamblin

Mom was visiting and we did the Tetons first (Thursday thru Saturday a.m.) Lots of animals. Saturday a.m. we located 6 wolves about 2 miles east of Moose. Five blacks and one gray. First wolves I have seen in the Tetons during the summer. Found two separate black bears in the Tower Area, the red tagged black bear with two coy's wasn't around during our visit. Also had a courting pair of grizzlies from Wrecker Pullout. The courting pair was out for the next few days, never more than a 1/4 mile from where they were Saturday.

Sunday – May 25th

A small grizzly in Crystal. Another small grizzly across the river at Slough. This bear moved up near the Slough Creek den area. When he got within a 200 yards, the wolves noticed it and seven of them put the grizzly over the hill at a brisk pace. Found my first elk calf of the year being eaten by a black bear at Junction Butte. In the p.m. found my first grizzly on the fingers of Norris, a small grizzly. Only one bighorn sleep with a lamb so far at Calcite, but did find two in the Gardiner Canyon located between Mammoth and Gardiner.

Monday – May 26th

On Monday, the courting pair at Wrecker, and the sow with two yearlings south of Fishermen’s. Usually a few wolves near the Slough Creek den, but it appears only one pup (second one hasn't been seen in 5 days). Mid morning the wolves were moving below the rocks across the river from Boulder Pullout (9 wolves moving, we only saw 5).

Tuesday - May 27th

Grizzly sow with a yearling right north of Fishermen's. Apparently killed an elk calf the day before in the same place. Nice close viewing. At 7:00 p.m. had a grizzly searching for a calf north of Picnic Area, soon after we left he found it. Had a goat with a fresh kid SW of Round Prairie, two days in a row--it can't be over 12 inches tall.

Lots of people we know up there. Mom remembered a lot of them. The weather for the week was cold, rainy, and snowy, but lots of animals to see

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