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Adding Removable Studs To Your Felt Soles
Secret Dry Fly Floatant From Argentina
Midges In The Snow
Death Of A Spring Creek
12 Pound Rainbows In The Shadow Of Glaciers
Destination England
Hooking Large Rainbows At 6 Degrees
Catching Atlantic Salmon On Dry Damsels
In View Of Bacon Ridge
Casting With Wolves
The Ghost Of Old Faithful Inn
Summer On The Test And Anton 

 

   

Casting With Wolves

Bob Kloskowski

With the Thunderer standing watch at 10,554 feet in elevation to our east we made our way across the meadow toward one of our favorite fishing holes in the Lamar Valley. As we glanced ahead to check our progress down the trail I noticed an Elk moving along at a pretty good pace. While it's not unusual to see Elk in the Lamar Valley it is strange to see them running at or near their top speed across the meadow at nine in the morning. Then we noticed the reason for his haste. A few hundred feet behind followed one of Yellowstone's newest additions, the Gray Wolf.
Prior to their reintroduction in 1995 the last of the original Gray Wolves to be seen in Yellowstone was in the 1930's. At that time they were hunted to near extinction.
To see a wolf not far off with out a spotting scope was a treat. As we stood and marveled at the beauty of the wolf we notice three additional wolves following another hundred yards behind their leader. We watched through field glasses as the wolves made their way across the meadow. As we moved further along the trail we spotted another group of wolves following the previous four. Taking time to scan and admire the others we counted a total of twenty-six wolves. A very large pack indeed ! With a total slightly more than one hundred fifteen free ranging wolves in the Yellowstone ecosystem we counted ourselves very lucky to view so many at one time. We watched their progress until they were out of sight then continued on toward our rendezvous with a Green Drake hatch at 11 AM.
Yellowstone wolves are social animals that live in groups or packs. Most packs number in size from 2 to 8 animals. They prey on elk, deer, moose and even bison. Small mammals, such as beaver and rabbit may be seasonally important to wolves or as practice prey for pups. A wolf can range in size from a height of 26-34 inches and a length of 5-6 feet.
If you are visiting Yellowstone on of the best places to view them is in the open areas along the Lamar River and Soda Butte Creek along the Northeast Entrance Road to Yellowstone National Park. They are most active at the beginning and end of the day.
 

 

 

 

 

 
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