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Yellowstone National Park 2019 Trip Reports

Trip Report ~ Bear & Wolf Sightings ~ by Bill Hamblin

25 through 28 March 2019 - Yellowstone National Park

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

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Yellowstone Wolf ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston

Moose in Winter ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved Gerry Hogston

Monday - March 25th

I had a nice drive to the park taking a little less than five hours. South of Ennis Montana I saw thousands of elk, hundreds of pronghorn antelope and quite a few mule deer. North of Gardiner I saw lots of elk, antelope, mule deer and a nice herd of big horn rams. Lots of snow in the park this year. The park roads are good except near the Mammoth stop sign which has large and deep potholes. They did not plow the Upper Hellroaring parking lot which made viewing from there limited. Mid afternoon we had 5 black and 4 gray wolves bedded on that slopes of Hellroaring. These were the Junction Butte wolves and all eleven were there but I only counted nine.

Tuesday - March 26th

36 degrees in Gardiner this morning but only 21 degrees on the Blacktail Plateau warming up to a nice 47 degrees. I found a cow and calf moose at the confluence today. No wolves or bears today.

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear taken Spring 2014 ~ © Copyright All Rights Reserved John William Uhler

Wednesday - March 27th

38 degrees this morning at Gardiner but only 28 degrees on the Blacktail warming up to a nice 47 degrees. Lots of mountain bluebirds are here now. I saw a fox near Tower Junction this afternoon. Everyone was gathered at the Nature Walk at Blacktail this morning as the 8 Mile wolf pack was in view most of the day far to the west. I only saw 2 gray and 2 black wolves but the entire pack was there now totaling 8 with 5 black and 3 gray wolves. Evan S found the Junction Buttes from Lower Hellroaring and all eleven were in view for most of the day. That pack consists of 1047M black alpha male, 907F gray alpha female, 1048M black male, 996M black male, 969F gray female, 1109F black female, one un-collared black male, one un-collared black female, one black (last years male pup), one black (last year’s female pup), and one last year’s gray male pup. Around 2:30 p.m. they moved east out of sight from Hellroaring Overlook and Steve M found them viewed from Elk Creek. They took down an elk but just out of view from Elk Creek. At 5:30 a.m. a dark grizzly crossed Junction Lake and found something to chew on. The wolf researchers said it must be a winter kill.

Thursday - March 28th

35 degrees in Gardiner this morning and 31 degrees on the Blacktail Plateau warming up to 50 degrees. I found a coyote this morning. I was at the Petrified Tree pullout at dawn since I could watch the area where the wolves were on their carcass yesterday as well as Junction Lake where the grizzly was last night. Soon the entire Junction Butte pack walked across Junction Lake. After a while I traveled east but got a call that the grizzly had reappeared and was being escorted through the area by the wolves. I got back in time to watch twenty minutes of the grizzly leaving the area. The wolves were in view most of today.

People Seen

Wolf Watchers seen this report: From Montana: Rick M, and Lizzie C. From Colorado: Steve and Robin M. From Kansas: Calvin and Lynette J. From Virginia: Colleen C. From the UK: Alan and Kirsty P. From Arizona: Reve and Susan. And From Mississippi: Chuck and Wynelle M. Bear Watchers: From Louisiana: Bruce P. From Montana: Jack G. Others seen this report: From Montana: Evan S, Carl S. Quinn, Bonnie and Tule H. Bob L, Cliff B, Leo L, Nathan V, Ken S, the Rich Family (Greg, Tracie, Megan, Kyle, Ryan, and Tyler), Dan H, Jeremy S. Emil M, Grant, Russ K, and Jim H. From Washington: Nick and Diane L. From the Netherlands: Jort.

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