Coyotes and Wolves, Yellowstone National Park

Photo of a coyote pausing above the Gardner River.

Still Sporting a Winter Coat

I have hardly seen any coyotes or wolves this spring.  Today was a good start in correcting that.  The first thing I saw to photograph was a pair of coyotes moving down from the Mammoth area toward the Gardner River below.

Photo of a wolf pausing near Blacktail Ponds.

Blacktail Pack Wolf

Not long after that I saw two wolves crossing the Blacktail Ponds area and headed my way.  Both wore collars.  Unfortunately, they changed direction and this photo is as close as I got to either of them.    As of December 2012, there were only 79 wolves in the park.   The highest count was 171 in 2007.  Ten wolves which lived in Yellowstone most of the time were shot in the first hunting seasons outside the park.  Most were shot within a mile or two of the park.  Eight of the ten were wearing radio collars.  Anyone with radio telemetry can now find wolves with the radio telemetry and shoot them when they leave the park which it seems people are doing.

While I haven’t seen many coyotes or wolves, I have seen quite a few red foxes which I used to hardly ever see.


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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2 Responses to Coyotes and Wolves, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Charlotte Crackbon says:

    I’ve learned alot about prey and predetors from you Jim and I understand when its natures way to keep feeding some, like the Badgers eating the baby foxes made me sad, BUT!! people deliberately putting collars on wolves to find them to kill, just kinda disgusts me. The numbers
    are getting smaller of these wolves of course, is there any good reason why they should be killed. You can wait to answer this when your back home and have more time, I think you and I have written to each other about this subject before so you might remember how I feel about killing
    animals. Sorry i made this comment so long. Charl

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