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Yellowstone's wolves: Blacktail Deer Plateau Pack

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Photographer: Sam Parks  (Sam's web site)
Species: Wolf
Date taken: 01-28-2013
Date posted: 12-02-2013
Caption: Uncollared Blacktail gray with 778m (Big Brown) howling
Notes: Here is an uncollared gray wolf with mange visible on its hind legs (right hind leg visible here). It was travelling with Blacktail alphas, 778m and 693f, staying particularly close to Big Brown (Big Brown howling in the background here). According to wolf-watchers I talked to, this is a female yearling of the Blacktails, who hadn't been spending much time with the alpha pair, but was nevertheless, with them on this occasion. The wolves had killed an elk close to the road just east of Undine Falls sometime in the night or early that morning which was removed by park rangers. I took this photo on the following afternoon about .25 miles east of there, as they crossed from south to north and proceeded to make their way back towards the carcass area. This wolf was surprisingly tolerant of close-by vehicles, approaching to within 20 yards of one to check out the scraps that were left behind by the ranger. After this, the wolves took off towards the north and were not to be seen again.