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Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Barking up the wrong tree, or, who I would stalk if I was a gay man . . .
Today is Hanna's 7th Birthday! Even though I adopted her from a rescue group, I have her AKC papers, and hence, her birth date. (She was born in Missouri).
Our 5th anniversary will be this May - she came to live with me when she was 15 months old, and she was very, very wild. A family in Bell, California had the unfortunate habit of adopting a cute puppy from a pet store, failing to train the puppy, then turning it in to a rescue group when it was an unwieldy adult. Prior to Hanna, they had done the same thing with a German Shephard and a Cocker Spaniel. We had a rough start, but she is my buddy and my baby now. So, Happy Birthday, Nanners!!!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
These photos are taken at a great distance, sometimes using my camera and a Swarovski scope.
We came out, along with many other wolf watchers, to view the Slough Creek Pack. At least 10 members of the Pack were in the area, but most of them were up on the hill, bedded down, after feeding on the carcass of what we believe was a bison calf. One black wolf ventured back to feed some more. Here it is, along with many, many ravens.
He (I'm not sure why I tend to identify the wildlife as a "he") later trotted off across the plain and into the hills.
Friday, February 23, 2007
A coyote - the former top dogs of Yellowstone - running up the hillside.
The last photo is in the Lamar Valley. The coyotes were not only awaiting their opportunity to feed at the elk carcass, there were 2 males and a female engaging in a bit of courtship. When a male would approach, she would avert her tail to allow the male a good sniff. This male was skulking off - at least temporarily.
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.
While in the Lamar Valley, we had a "Three Dog Day" - meaning we spotted and watched wolves, coyotes and foxes. In each case, I was able to observe one of each "pouncing" on a mouse or vole it could hear under the snow. Seeing the pounce, you can't help but giggle in glee - it is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. Here are some photos of the foxes - though none of them pouncing!
The weather was really pretty good. The temperature varied from about 10 - 11 degrees to the mid-20s. As you can see, it's not exactly bikini weather . . .
This is the Lamar Valley - home of the Druid Pack - and sometimes referred to as the Serengeti of North America because of the diverse wildlife present there.
I took this photo from a park along the Yellowstone River off the road from Bozeman, Montana to Gardiner, Montana.