To finish off our trip to Yellowstone we decided to book a tour with a wolf tracker. It turned out to be quite expensive and we had to get up at 4am and drive through the Park in icy conditions whilst it was pitch black. Luckily all turned out to be ok and we met the lovely lady called Bonnie at 5.30am at Mammoth hot springs.
After providing us with hot drinks, she asked us which animals we would like her to find for us, so we decided we definitely wanted see the wolves in the wild, as investigating the reintroduction of wolves was one of the tasks we had to carry out. We also decided that we wanted to see grizzly bears in the wild, moose and big horned sheep.
Immediately she set out with us in her truck and met up with some of the other trackers, who had recently seen a grizzly bear on an old carcass which the wolves had caught in the Lamar Valley, so we headed in the direction in which that was. And to our luck the grizzly was still eating away at the carcass, with a coyote nearby trying to get some scraps! It was amazing to see a grizzly bear in the wild! It was something I thought I would never see in my lifetime, so it was a privilege to see this giant beast in the flesh.
After getting over the shock of seeing the grizzly bear, and hearing nothing on the wolf situation, Bonnie got a call from someone who had information on where some moose were seen. So we drove to the location, a few miles down the road from the Lamar Valley. When we drove up in the car we could see one moose across the river, however, once we had gotten out of the car the moose had moved being the trees. We did manage to get a glimpse of it’s nose but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to take a picture of.
We decided to stop for breakfast near a wolf den, luckily the breakfast was provided with the package we bought. After about 10 minutes, Bonnie received another call with information regarding some wolves, that 6 could be seen in the Lamar Valley. So we quickly rushed over to where the sighting was, and when we arrived it was chaos! All of the wolf trackers and wildlife watchers has obviously heard that wolves were visible and also rushed down to see them. We managed to get a spot to set up the scopes and after scanning the area, we caught sight of the wolves! They were just trotting about the landscape, and at one point we even heard them howling. Although nobody knows why they howl… And no they don’t howl everytime there is a full moon… that is a myth. We ended up watching the wolves for about an hour to an hour and a half, it was an unusual day, as apparently the wolf activity is never usually that lively, so we were very lucky! It was amazing to see them in their natural habitat, where they belong.
After watching the wolves in the valley, we went back to the wolf den to see if we could see the mother come out of the den or even some pups. We did see the mother from afar but unfortunately no little pups. On our way back to Mammoth, after a long 6 hour morning, we drove slowly to see if there was anything else we could spot. We ended up spotting a herd of big horned sheep, which look like rams. Their horns are massive and they never stop growing! Which were an impressive sight.
All in all it was an amazing day and worth the money that we paid, and I would definitely recommend the wolf tracker to anyone who is interested in wildlife and happens to travel to Yellowstone.
It was an amazing day, one that I will never forget.