Friday, February 23, 2007

The reason there was so much activity that day in Lamar Valley was because of the Druid Peak Pack's kill of an elk in the early morning. The carcass was too near the road to allow the pack (and other animals) to come feed safely, (except for the ravens and magpies), so the Park Rangers dragged it farther into the valley. The carcass attracted coyotes, wolves, fox, and even a bald eagle.
This wolf is an adult member of the Druid PeakPack. The Pack includes 4 youngsters, who engage in pretty much never ending wrestling sessions. One of the adult male members of this Pack is Wolf 302 - the brother of the Alpha Male. Because 302 has little chance to breed in the Druid Peak Pack, he had been observed roaming far and wide, and according to the regular wolf watchers (people who are out with scopes 365 days/year), he likely was successful. He also managed to badly injure one of his hind legs, but was still getting around pretty well. (302 is a collared wolf, and can be monitorred by radio as well as observation.) It was unclear if he had returned to the Druids or was still on his own. According to those in the know, the injury would likely not be life threatening, and he would be welcomed back into the Pack when he chooses to re-join them.

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Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

302 is just sowing his wild oats before he settles down.

1:00 PM  
Blogger LA said...

Do the locals give them better names that "302?" Pack mentality and behavior is totally fascinating. When I was involved with SBACC, I got to know a local animal behaviorist who really taught me a lot.

Those youngsters wrestling are vying for their position in the future. I bet it was fun to watch!

5:49 PM  
Blogger GetFlix said...

I'll admit coyotes freak me out a little bit.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

mishy - apparently he is known among the wolfies as a lover, not a fighter

la - surprisingly not - the most famous of the alpha females was known as Cinderella, but the hard core wolfies will refer to her as Wolf 42 (21 was her well known long term mate who died shortly after she was killed by a rival pack)

flix - they are kind of the rodney dangerfield's of the animal kingdom - they get no respect

6:13 PM  

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