wolf stalks Gros Ventre Butte

By Jim Stanford on February 18, 2012

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Wolf keeps watch above the road and National Elk Refuge. Click to enlarge.

This black wolf has been drawing a crowd of admirers at the north end of East Gros Ventre Butte, opposite the National Elk Refuge.

A line of photographers and spectators with long lenses and spotting scopes has filled the pullout along Highway 89 in recent days. The wolf has been hunting deer and allegedly feeding on roadkill just north of the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

The museum posted photos of the wolf atop the ridge yesterday, and there are other impressive images going around. Brent McWhirter has a gallery of the wolf in a standoff with a mule deer and a coyote joining the fray. Taylor Phillips, wildlife guide and impresario of EcoTour Adventures, shot this frame, in a series where the wolf is feeding on a carcass and chasing off a raven.

All we need is to drop Liam Neeson out there, hands and legs bound, and let the wolf exact revenge for The Grey.


Posted under Art, Environment, Politics, Wyoming Legislature

5 Comments so far

  1. Brent McWhirter February 18, 2012 8:46 pm

    Jim- Thanks for the link! I was out there for 8+ hours today and must have heard a dozen The Gray or Liam Neeson references.

  2. js February 18, 2012 9:08 pm

    It’s amazing how much a good wildlife sighting can change the complexion of your day, or week.
    I have not been out to see this fellow, but last night a friend and I skate skied along the Snake and came across six otters. It was sunset, and pink and golden light dappled on the water. One otter had a fish in its mouth. They were snorting, swimming on their backs. A bald eagle flew overhead, perhaps interested in where they were catching fish.
    On the way back we came across the otters again, cresting the water and plunging upstream like dolphins. I had only words to render the scene.

  3. js February 20, 2012 1:21 pm

    For a little perspective, if the Wyoming wolf plan favored by Gov. Matt Mead becomes law and this scene had played out south of Highway 22, say on the hillside above the recycling center, someone could have showed up and shot the wolf before a crowd of horrified onlookers, no license or oversight required.

  4. D February 21, 2012 9:29 am

    Sound good to me? What’s the difference if someone was there to watch the deer, and then had to watch the wolf kill it? It’s all part of the circle of life. Like most theories/ideas related to wildlife & environmental issues, they are flawed from the jump. They don’t include humans as part of the system, and instead view people as somehow above the system. As a very wise man once said, “What’s ugly about killing a deer is not what’s ugly about hunting. What’s ugly about killing a deer is what’s ugly about our need to survive”. Steven Rinella  The same idea applies to the hunting of all species.  With that being said I do favor licenses/fees along with specific seasons.
    The money raised will help fund research and management of all wildlife in the area. I am by no means anti-wolf. I am however anti-wolf if they are left unchecked by their natural predators, which in this case would be humans.  
    I know not everyone who dislikes the idea of hunting wolves is anti-hunting, but this article is good.

  5. joe February 21, 2012 11:21 am

    for a little perspective, if the jackson media hadn’t been so politically obsesive and wyoming phobic, (no license or oversight required) in the name of selling a few more papers, and promoting the political arrogance of a narcistic minority, could the ecological/political dynamics of wyoming’s wolf re-introduction be operating on a higher level and a broader scope? oh, the horror!

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