Predators and Prey, Yellowstone National Park

Cow elk standing in water at Twin Lakes.

Cow Elk, Yellowstone National Park

I’ve been to Yellowstone many times, but this is the best trip of all.  There has been so much going on.  The problem with that is that it has caused me to fall behind in writing about all of it.

A few days ago there was a cow elk at Twin Lakes that had been chased by a single wolf.  She escaped by running into the water and going far enough into the water that the wolf had to swim, which greatly reduced its ability to kill .  He did manage to bite her in the right flank before that though.  Here she is licking her wound in shallower water.  As it became dark she walked into the woods where I assumed the wolf was waiting.  I don’t know why she did that.

The next morning I returned to Twin Lakes and found that the wolf had made the kill.  Here he stands not far from the carcass.  Note the radio tracking collar.

A gray wolf stands near the elk he killed at Twin Lakes.

Gray Wolf, Yellowstone National Park


About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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