Yellowstone Up Close and Personal Logo © Copyright Page Makers, LLC
Yellowstone Wolf ~ NPS Photo

Yellowstone Up Close and Personal

30 December 2009 Trip Report

by Wendy

Wolves near Canyon by John William Uhler © Copyright All Rights Reserved

~ December 2009 ~

Yellowstone Wolf ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston

Wednesday - 30 December 2009

We started at Elk Creek again today but this time we did not find wolves.

So, we moved on to Little America where Bob had spotted the three Agates bedded up high on Specimen Ridge. We watched them from Boulder. They were lovely and we got several good looks at 472F, daughter of 21M & 42F, and a favorite of ours. Alpha male Big Blaze reminds us of his handsome uncle 302M. When gray 715F stood up to re-bed at one point we could see her shortened tail.

We knew there were signals for the Lava Creeks AND Druids in the neighborhood so we looked and looked. Just when we were beginning to talk about moving elsewhere, we heard a report of wolves on the low slope of Junction Butte - the Druids were heading to the carcass!

We moved to the big lot (Specimen Ridge trailhead) and watched from there. Most people stayed in the lot but a few could not resist the urge to "get closer". This contributed to the wolves nervousness so close to the road, and they did not stay long. In fact, some did not go to the carcass at all.

We had seven Druids in all, 6 black and one gray. (New Black, White Line, Thin Female, 690, Female Yearling and Dull Bar, as well as gray 691.

Yellowstone Wolf and Buffalo ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston

They then trekked up the hill and stood picturesquely at the skyline for a while, before bedding on the southern end of the Butte. By this time someone had found the Lava Creek pack - who were bedded on the far northern side of the same Butte! We heard that they had eaten last night at their kill.

It was never clear whether either pack was aware of the other.

Around 1:00 PM the Druids began to head downhill for another bite to eat. Most of them grabbed chunks of meat, moved half-way up the hill and ate behind some big boulders. 691 had a particularly large piece, perhaps a leg, and she flashed her teeth at two of her pack mates who got presumptuous.

Eventually they headed back up the hill and bedded - this time under the big trees at the top. Many people got to see wolves today because of this close sighting. Around 4:00 PM a black came back down for another helping, then at about 4:30 PM a third (this wolf had some feathery fur and a tuft on her tail). Then about 4:40 PM four more blacks came down. I never saw 691 but the light was dim and she would have been very hard to see.

The full moon rose in the east and lit up the snow for my drive home. It was nice to see the Druid get a good meal.

Tomorrow is my last full day.... Waaaaaaa!

Yellowstone Wolves ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston

Yellowstone National Park Map
Sightings and Trip Report December 2009

Lamar Valley Area Map - Yellowstone National Park
Lamar Valley Map - Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park by Page Makers, LLC © Copyright All Rights Reserved
I n d e x
Accessibility Earthquakes Maps Video Page
Address Email Newspaper Visitor Centers
Adult Programs Entrances Old Faithful Live WebCam Visitor Stats
Amphibians Entrance Fees Pets Volcano Observatory
Animals Fall Closure Phone Numbers Waterfalls
Backcountry Fish Picnic Areas Weather
Bear Management Fishing Fees Ranger Led Activities WebCams
Bear Sightings Fishing Regulations Reptiles Wildflowers
Biking Getting Here Reunions Winter Closing
Boating Hiking Rivers, Creeks & Streams Winter Opening
Books History Roads Winter Weather Reports
Butterflies Junior Ranger Program Schedule Wolf Project
Camping Lakes Search Page Wolf Sightings
Campground Maps Location Spring Opening Wolverine Help
Challenges Lodging Star Talks Yellowstone ~ the Name
Chat Page Lynx Help Trip Planner pdf Young Scientist
Clinics / Medical Mammal List Trip Reports Youth Conservation Corps

Yellowstone National Park WebCams
Old Faithful Live All Old Faithful Old Faithful Static Old Faithful VC North Entrance Mt Washburn Mammoth YVO WebCam

Entrance Cities and Gateway Towns
Gardiner, Montana Silver Gate, Montana West Yellowstone, Montana Cooke City, Montana
Livingston, Montana Cody, Wyoming Jackson Hole, Wyoming Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Videos

Bighorn Rams Grizzly Bear at Old Faithful
Bison / Buffalo at Old Faithful Grizzly Bear near Roaring Mountain
Black Bear Grizzly Sow Nursing Cubs
Black Wolf Otters at Trout Lake
Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel Otter at Yellowstone Lake
Grizzly Bear at Blacktail Ponds  

Geysers and Thermals
Beehive Geyser Eruption Old Faithful with Bison
Beehive Geyser Eruption Two Pocket Basin
Fan and Mortar Roaring Mountain
Grand Geyser Rocket and Grotto
Old Faithful One West Thumb

Cave Falls Mesa Falls Undine Falls
Gibbon Falls Rustic Falls Upper Falls
Lower Falls Tower Fall Wraith Falls

Not all who wander are lost by John Ronald Reuel Tolkien © Page Makers, LLC

The Great Outdoors Net Great Outdoor Recreational Places
Gardiner, Montana World Humanity

Contact Us

by John William Uhler

Back to: Yellowstone Up Close and Personal

Copyright © 1995 - 2015 Page Makers, LLC and Yellowstone Media ~ All Rights Reserved