Yellowstone Up Close and Personal Logo © Copyright Page Makers, LLC Yellowstone Up Close and Personal Grizzly Logo © Copyright Page Makers, LLC

Yellowstone National Park 2014 Trip Reports

Trip Report ~ Bear & Wolf Sightings ~ by Bill Hamblin

08 thru 14 April 2014

Yellowstone Wolf ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston

~ April 2014 ~

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear taken Spring 2012 ~ © Copyright Frank Smith All Rights Reserved

Tuesday - 08 April

I'm still in Gardiner thru May 14th. 28 degrees this morning warming to 55 degrees. I had a cow moose with two large yearling calves at the Geode Pond (between Geode Creek and Phanton Lake, the high spot). Later in the day had ten large bighorn rams just off the road near Wrecker Pullout and Yellowstone River Picnic area. At 7:30 a.m. we had 755M and 889F this side of Hellroaring Creek from upper Hellroaring. Around 8:30 a.m. 869M and a gray yearling from the Junction Butte pack arrived and chased 755M and 889F. But because 889F was a former member of the Junction Butte pack everything turned out OK. Even 755M was friendly after a while. They soon separated and went their separate ways. At 10:00 a.m. I spotted a black bear near Junction Butte close to the Specimen Trail head. At 2:45 p.m. we watched a black bear apparently crossed the road downhill from the Petrified Tree Pullout and we saw it going to the north towards Garnett Hill.

Wednesday - 09 April

I forgot to mention that the reduced camping rate (winter from November to when the west gate opens) no longer is offered. It's $20.00 a night unless you have a senior pass, then $10.00 a night for the entire year now. 40 degrees this morning warming to 55 degrees, really started melting the snow down low. Early in the morning Bob called saying he had a bear in the Slough Creek bottoms near the mixed aspen/conifer island. At 7:15 a.m. we arrived and were delighted to find a grizzly on a old carcass (we guessed a winter kill that the grizzly found after some of the snow melted). While watching from Aspen Pullout we were delighted to find a second grizzly coming in just after the first grizzly bedded in the trees. At 10:30 a.m. we had 869M, 907F, and the three grays (only missing the alpha pair 890M and 870F) in view from Hellroaring Overlook.

Thursday - 10 April

29 degrees this morning warming to 48 degrees. At 6:30 a.m. we found two grizzlies on the old bison carcass west while viewing from Hellroaring. We hadn't had a bear there in a couple of days. It turned out to be two young grizzlies more interested in wrestling than eating anyway. A 8:00 a.m. I got a call from Calvin and Lynette that they and Sian found wolves in Blacktail. They had howling and Calvin found two black wolves running down and out of sight. We spread out and found six blacks and a gray on a fresh elk carcass. The current count for this pack, the 8 Mile Pack, is ten (two alphas and six black and two gray pups (now yearlings). The alphas are away over near Gardiner but the 8 pups have been a regular near Blacktail. At 11:00 a.m. Calvin, Lynette and Sian found four grays and 890M the black alpha male north of Rick's Pullout. This pack is now seven (890M the black alpha male, 870F the gray alpha female (presumable in a den), 869M a gray now two years old, 907F a gray female yearling with a skinny tail, and three pups gray now yearlings). One of the pups moved off the fresh carcass they had, and roamed until it found our first bison calf of the year. It tried but the momma bison wouldn't have any of the wolf. At 3:45 p.m. we returned to the Blacktail and located the second gray that we did not see in the morning. I had a THREE DOG DAY today.

Moose in Winter ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston

Friday - 11 April

Soon after daylight Calvin and Lynette were looking for the 8 mile wolves near North Butte and Lynette found a mountain Lion moving slowly. They had it in sight for over five minutes. We did not get there in time to see it. It was 29 degrees this morning and warming to 56 degrees. We had located a new fresh bison winter kill on the slope of Hellroaring yesterday, and a 6:30 a.m. we had a grizzly on the carcass. At 9:00 a.m. 869M, 907F and a gray yearling were sighted from Hellroaring Overlook. At 10:05 a.m. I found a big gray wolf from Boulder Pullout moving west. This was an unknown gray wolf that had been seen in Lamar yesterday, and later in the week Steve from Colorado found it crossing Hellroaring Slope. At 10:30 a.m. we had a black bear on Wrecker Grade near the Yellowstone River Picnic area. I found my first Unita ground squirrel at Boulder this morning, a sure sign of spring. At 1:00 p.m. the other three Junction Butte joined the other three wolves at Hellroaring on the fresh bison carcass. The grizzly had left to the south, but after eating the wolves followed the scent of the grizzly and briefly chased it. Soon the grizzly stopped sat down and that ended the activity as the wolves soon bedded around the grizzly.

Saturday - 12 April

34 degrees this morning and it warmed up well. I had a cottontail rabbit near Gardiner this morning and two jack rabbits. The first at Mammoth was almost all gray now but the second near Frog Rock was still mostly white. The cow with two large calf moose were back near Geode Creek eating willows. At 6:25 a.m. we spotted a grizzly on the bison carcass at Hellroaring. Calvin and Lynette called saying Sian had two grizzlies near Blacktail Ponds. The first was big grizzly crossing above the ponds going west. It soon moved to and crossed the road going south. The second was located on a new carcass back to the north in Blacktail. Sian then located a black wolf, probably 8 mile pack, who when to the carcass after the grizzly left. At 8:15 a.m. five gray wolves of the Junction Butte pack arrived at the bison carcass at Hellroaring (the grizzly had left already). At 10:45 a.m. we watched a grizzly on the carcass in Slough Creek bottoms.

Sunday - 13 April

21 degrees and snowing warming to 32 degrees, but the roads got dry in late morning. Low visability this morning. At 9:30 a.m. it cleared a little. They had seen a few wolves from Lower Hellroaring. They were moving west and I was the only one at Upper Hellroaring. Soon three black and two gray wolves of the 8 mile pack ran thru the lower closer openings chasing a couple of mule deer. I know there were more of the blacks but between seeing them with my eyes and putting them in a scope I could only account for the five. Only a few saw them before they quickly went out of sight. This is pretty far east for the 8 mile, so we were glad they headed back west not running into any of the local wolves in Hellroaring. At 10:30 a.m. it cleared up a little, futher up the slope and we found 869M and the gray yearling with a black tip on its tail on the bison carcass. I had a THREE DOG DAY today. At 3:30 p.m. I finally found a grizzly, when one returned to the carcass at Hellroaring Overlook. At 4:00 p.m. after the grizzly left the carcass the two wolves from this morning joined by another gray came to the bison carcass.

Yellowstone Bighorn Ram ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston

Monday - 14 April

9 degrees this morning warming up to 47 degrees. I saw a blue grouse on the road this morning. I found two swans in a pond from Hellroaring Overlook. And the three moose were back near Geode Creek. Ralph and I were quite surprised to have a grizzly on the carcass at 6:15 a.m., since the grizzly yesterday afternoon was moving the carcass and we didn't think there was most left of it. At 6:20 a.m. the other dark spot near the carcass turned out to be a second grizzly. The second grizzly was not allowed by the first grizzly to visit the carcass so it moved off going south. Lynette and Calvin called with a wolf sighting at Blacktail S curve. Sian and Steve had arrived, Sian said it would be nice to have a howl to know that the wolves were around. Just then a black wolf howled right in front of them. When I arrived the action had moved to the north of the road where two black and two gray wolves of the 8 Mile Pack were found. At 8:00 a.m. I headed back to Hellroaring to find the grizzly still on the carcass and two gray wolves near it from the Junction Butte pack. At 9:15 a.m. I headed back to Lamar Valley where both the Lamar Canyon wolves were bedded north of the road from Hubbard Hill. I missed it, but there were about five elk really close to them. Soon one of the cow elk charged the bedded female running her off, the "chase" ended when she joined Big Gray male. This made our THREE WOLF PACK day. At 2:00 p.m. Calvin and Lynette had 890M and a gray wolf leaving Hellroaring going to the east. They moved to Rick's Pullout where Calvin found 890M heading out of sight into an area you can not see from the road, where it is assumed that 870F is denned. At 4:30 p.m. I spotted my first black bear on Garnett Hill.

People Seen

Wolf watchers: Rick M, Doug M (from Silver Gate), Calvin and Lynette, Sian and her mother Phil, Steve from Colorado, Larry and Linda from Wyoming, Ilona P from Montana, Bob and Elizabeth from Montana, Amy from Montana, Cliffe B. and Deby D. Bear watchers: Ralph N., Margaret L, Doug M. (Gardiner), and Jack G. from Montana. Others: Dave and Elva from Oregon, Dan, Cindy and Kelly from Silver Gate, Bob L, Kevin S, Alan and Sue, Jim and Judy W, Peter M, Jim and Bobbie F, Bob B, Pete B, and MacNeil L.

Calvin and Lynette, Sian and Phil, and Ralph N. have found a lot of these animals that are listed in this trip report.

Coyote mousing at Nature Trail ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston Yellowstone Wolf and Buffalo ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston
Yellowstone Wolves ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston Yellowstone Sunset ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston

Yellowstone Coyote taken Spring 2012 ~ © Copyright Randal W. Horobik All Rights Reserved

Yellowstone National Park

Sightings and Trip Report are from the North and Northeast Area of Yellowstone

Lamar Valley Map - Yellowstone National Park

Lamar Valley Map - Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park Trip Reports
2018 2014 2010
2017 2013 2009
2016 2012 2008
2015 2011 2007

Yellowstone National Park Trip Reports
1995 2000
1996 2002
1997 2003
1998 2004
1999 2005

Yellowstone National Park Videos
Yellowstone Wildlife 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  

Yellowstone Geyser and Thermal Videos
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

Yellowstone Waterfall Videos
Cave Falls Mesa Falls Undine Falls
Gibbon Falls Rustic Falls Upper Falls
Lower Falls Tower Fall Wraith Falls

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

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

Contact UsHome