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Yellowstone's wolf packs—Phantom Lake Pack

The Phantom Lake pack was formed by wolves from 8 Mile in the spring of 2019, including four females (1005F, 1049F, 1119F, and an uncollared gray) and one black male. In winter of 2018, the black male was harvested north of the park. Three of the females briefly began to travel with males from the Crevice Lake pack. Early in 2020, the four females were observed together with 1106M, a gray male from the Wapiti Lake pack. This pack had a very successful breeding season in 2019, producing 13 pups. Two of the pups went missing in the winter and two more pups were harvested when the pack left the park in December of 2019. 1049F split off from the pack and appeared to have been injured in the encounter, although she has since recovered. Both 1005F and 1049F were observed traveling with dispersing Cougar Creek male 1200M in early 2020, leaving questions regarding the survival of the remaining members of the pack. A recent sighting found 1049F with 1106M, 1119F, and several pups, indicating the pack had at least 10 wolves at the end of 2019, but the count could be higher. [Updated 1/2020]

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Pack composition

ID Social status Age class Color Sex Age Mange status Birth year Birth pack Description
1005FAlphaAdultBlackFemale4Uninfected20158 Mile PackThis female is black with a VHF collar. She is beginning to gray with age.
1049FSubordinateAdultBlackFemale3Uninfected20168 Mile PackThis black female looks similar to 1005F but has a studded VHF collar.
1106MAlphaAdultGrayMale2Uninfected2017Wapiti Lake PackThis male is the darkest collared gray wolf in the pack and has a Vectronic GPS collar.
1119FSubordinateAdultGrayFemale3Uninfected20168 Mile PackThis female is very light gray with a studded VHF collar.
No ID yetSubordinatePupBlackUnknown0Uninfected2019Phantom Lake Pack
No ID yetSubordinatePupBlackUnknown0Uninfected2019Phantom Lake Pack
No ID yetSubordinatePupGrayUnknown0Uninfected2019Phantom Lake Pack
No ID yetSubordinatePupGrayUnknown0Uninfected2019Phantom Lake Pack
No ID yetSubordinatePupGrayUnknown0Uninfected2019Phantom Lake Pack
No ID yetSubordinatePupGrayUnknown0Uninfected2019Phantom Lake Pack


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