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Discussion: Wolves in Yellowstone caught on livestream

in: Spike; Spike > 2020-02-02

Feb 4, 2020 10:46 PM # 
Just saw this posted at the bottom of the Yellowstone webcams page. Last week they observed a group of wolves harassing the bison herd that has been hanging around Old Faithful this winter. Pretty cool to see...unless you're a bison!
Feb 5, 2020 1:47 AM # 
Cool. I look at the webcam page almost every day. But I hadn't scrolled to the bottom.

We've never seen wolves around Old Faithful. That would be very cool to see.
Feb 5, 2020 4:35 PM # 
Yeah, I always stop at the lake cam too, but I ended up at the bottom of the page by accident yesterday. That bison herd has been fun to watch this year. They've spent alot of time inside the "circle" right next to the geyser. Saw some folks dangerously close to them one time trying to take pictures with their kids. The new, higher location of the live cam has opened up more area for wildlife spotting.
Feb 5, 2020 11:02 PM # 
Have you read "American Wolf" by Nate Blakeslee? It follows one of the Yellowstone wolves, O-Six. I really enjoyed it.
Feb 6, 2020 12:50 AM # 
I haven't read American Wolf. Haven't even heard of it before. I don't really know much about the wolves in YNP. It might be a good way to learn something.

Thinking back to YNP trips...I have three strong memories of wolves. The first time we saw them was special. We saw a group and watched them from a distance playing in the snow. I remember being surprised at how much they acted like any dog. Another memory was coming across tracks on a ski trip. You don't get a feel for the size of wolves when you watch them. But to see the size of a track gives you a feel for the size. I also remember hearing their cries in the night when we were staying at the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel. Mary slept through it (she had ear plugs to help sleep in the old, noisy hotel). When we went to breakfast the next morning, we met a guy power washing blood away from the dining room steps. The wolves we'd heard cornered an elk against the steps and killed it. By the time we arrived for breakfast, the rangers had removed the carcass.
Feb 8, 2020 7:07 PM # 
Kissy, thanks for the book recommendation. I got a copy and have read a little bit - interesting so far. I like the idea that the author worked from thousands of pages of notes from wolf watchers.

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