|A gray wolf in Yellowstone National Park showing the wolf's broad face and white hairs around the mouth.|
The Lion Hunter said, "Wolf. Get out!" and without thinking, I obeyed. I grabbed my binoculars and camera and walked along the top of the river bank. I didn't see anything but studied where the crowd of people were looking between the pine branches. Then I saw movement on the other side of the river and suddenly I was looking at my first wolf ever. Its fur was streaked with white but somehow it looked young to me.
The whitish wolf was eating something. My hands were trembling with excitement to see a wolf on my first day in Yellowstone, so I leaned against a tree at the top of the bank to take photos and watch the lone wolf eat its dinner.
|Lone wolf eating carcass above the Gibbon River.|
|This wolf has an overall whitish cast. Gray wolves are usually light tan or cream mixed with brown, black and white, although some wolves can be almost entirely white or black (Feldhamer).|
This is part of a series of posts on wildlife observed in Yellowstone National Park in September 2012. To see more posts, select "Yellowstone" in the Sightings box in the right column.
Gray wolf, Canis lupus
L. David Mech, The Wolf: the Ecology and Behavior of an Endangered Species, University of Minnesota Press, 1981.
George A. Feldhamer, Bruce C. Thompson, Joseph A. Chapman, editors. Wild Mammals of North America: Biology, Management, and Conservation. 2nd edition. John Hopkins University Press. 2003.