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Bear and Wolf Sightings ~ 26 - 29 June 2008 Trip Report ~ by Bill Hamblin

Thursday - June 26th

I decided to make it a three day weekend. I left work about 5:30 p.m. and made Antelope Creek before 9:00 p.m. I found a small dark grizzly digging in number 2 and a small blond grizzly way back in the flats. I spent the night in Silver gate, actually both Thursday and Friday nights. Weekend weather was good and warm, but still in the 30's in the morning.

Friday - June 27th

5:45 a.m. a grizzly on the Ski Slope. At 6:30 a.m. a black wolf north of Trash Can, actually came and crossed the road. At 7:00 a.m. a grizzly southwest of the YES pullout near the Institute. At 7:05 a.m. a grizzly in the bowl. At 7:15 a.m. three wolves, 2 black and a gray (302M, and two yearlings) across the river from Mid Point. 9:00 a.m. found the grizzly sow with two coy's high on Ski Slope. At 10:00 a.m. a large grizzly crossed the second sliver near Ski Slope. AT 10:05 a.m. a grizzly on an elk calf carcass just across the river south of Coyote Overlook, soon joined by the three wolves. Smart grizzly, the wolves kept at him but he took the carcass with him when it left. At 12:00 noon two black bears at Boulder Lake pullout. At 12:45 p.m. a black bear at the Tower Campground exit. At 4:00 a.m. Rosie/Sarah with the cinnamon cub above the Tower Campground. At 5:00 p.m. a grizzly above the Slough Creek Campground.

Saturday - June 28th

At 5:35 a.m. a grizzly high on Ski Slope. At 5:40 a.m. a grizzly south of Coyote Overlook. At 5:45 a.m. a pair of sub adults wrestling above the bench. AT 6:15 a.m. the grizzly sow with two coy's high on Ski Slope (she eventually met up with the other grizzly on Ski Slope, got to within 40 or so yards, but just feed away not appearing to notice the other grizzly). AT 6:15 a.m. a grizzly chasing a gray wolf in the rendezvous area. At 8:00 a.m. a grizzly north of river from Dorothy's (this one was out all day, it was sunny all day with the highs in the 70's). At 8:15 a.m. a small grizzly on A-Z Meadow. At 7:00 p.m. a larger/dark grizzly moved from the picnic area to an old carcass in the river corridor south of the Institute (he was out until dark). 9:00 p.m. a gray and a black wolf crossed the road near Footbridge (others saw some pups north of the road, brief looks only). I camped at Tower for the night.

Sunday - June 29th

Had three different grizzlies in or near the river corridor across from the Institute in the first hour of daylight today. A pair of small brown sub adults in A-Z meadow playing and running around. At 7:00 a.m. a black wolf in the rendezvous area. At 8:00 a.m. a black wolf at the Slough Creek den area. Around 8:30 a.m. a black bear on the Specimen Ridge trail viewed from Long Pullout.

Other news: The golden eagle has one chick on the nest down the Slough Creek Road (I had looked at that nest several times, but missed it). The osprey at Tower still has three chicks, the two nests across from the peregrine nest have nothing. The rivers are all up again, getting warm, which means water to the north of the confluence again - up to five beavers in the area (I had two cross Friday evening. They have been seeing up to 9 pups at Druid den site, and still only the one at Slough. On the Druids, the thinking is that they have three dens: one in the original area north of Footbridge, one on Dead Puppy hill and one up Cache Creek. Still little action at Antelope Creek. Brent, a relative of Luke and Mayleea's got skunked there Friday night. Calvin, a wolf watcher, spotted 3 hours Saturday night and had 3 grizzlies (one was scar face), a black bear and a gray wolf all evening. Could be a record low for grizzly coy's this year, I only know about seven (2 pairs with 2 in Lamar Valley early, 1 up at Antelope Creek that Sid from South California saw and Ralph later saw on 10-4 and rumors of one at Swan Flats with two. Getting warm in Yellowstone now, so good viewing until 9;30 a.m. and then after 6:30 p.m. of so, too warm for anything in the middle of the day.

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