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The Canyon Wolf Pack alpha pair lead their pups along a ridge near Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park.
I won’t waste your time in discussing political agendas and biases for and against the gray wolf. We all know that it is a controversial species that many feel is not at all welcome in nature, despite the fact that it has been an integral part of that very nature for tens of thousands of years. Virtually all of the biases against these mystical creatures comes from a simple misunderstanding of their very nature. In previous posts, I have discussed at length why more wolves are needed across the country and dissected the bias from both standpoints. One key factor I have never laid out in full detail, however, is the trophic cascade of events that happens once wolves reestablish a healthy presence in their chosen environment.
First of all, … Continue reading
Sunrise creates an alien-looking world over the eroded hills of Badlands National Park, South Dakota.
Often we find ourselves entrenched in a battle with no end, arguing with someone over extended periods of time with neither side budging on their stance. It’s easy to become engrossed the argument, working tirelessly to convince the other side of our own opinions and findings. Given the activity involving wolf hunts in the area, people on both sides are incredibly passionate about their views.
Everyone from Buddha, to Jesus Christ, to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. have all given us relevant and applicable quotes on how to deal with conflicts of this nature. Buddha first said that "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned." He’s telling us that by engaging the other side, we’re essentially … Continue reading
A black wolf roams near Biscuit Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
There has always been a voice in the United States that has never liked predator species. In the past, this voice was so strong and powerful that they virtually eliminated all but the most elusive predators from the lower 48, excluding black bears. Once many other predators were gone by the 1930′s, black bears’ numbers began to steadily grow thanks to being spared the wrath of hatred. In addition, in the absence of large predators, even animals like coyotes, whom had only called the mountain regions of the west home, began to explore other regions of the continent. They can now can be found in just about every state across the country, just as their relative, the wolf, once had been.
In 1995, wolves became the subject of enormous controversy, and rather than subsiding once a healthier ecosystem … Continue reading
Even with wildlife at a relatively calm and inactive level, we’re still seeing quite a bit of action at Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. We even have some night classes coming up where I’ll teach you all about night photography. Get in on it while you can!… Continue reading
A coyote steps into Alum Creek in the Hayden Valley of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
July 28, 2012 – Yellowstone Safari
A beaver chews on leaves in its pond in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 22, 2012 – Teton Half Day Safari
A young mule deer buck stands near Oxbow Bend in Grand Teton National Park.
July 24, 2012 – Teton Half Day Safari
A black bear cub chews huckleberries growing on bushes on Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park.
July 29, 2012 – Teton Half Day Safari
NOTE: We were all safely in the car during this encounter.
Light shining on
I missed last week’s update, so here’s two weeks worth of favorite photos from my guided safaris with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. We had a lot of rain and clouds move in which helped with a lot of the wildlife shots, and even a few landscapes! I also hit Old Faithful a little later than normal recently and was able to catch a rainbow at the base of the eruption. I’ve been adding plenty more photos in addition to what’s here, so be sure to check out all the galleries for plenty more and be sure to get in touch with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris to reserve your trip. Clicking on any photo will allow you to purchase a print if you’re interested.… Continue reading
A great gray owl flies past a bare tree limb in Grand Teton National Park.
July 17, 2012 – Half Day Grand Teton Safari
A small herd
Below are my favorite photos from guiding this past week with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris. Get in touch with them asap if you’re interested in a tour. Spaces are filling up fast!
Below I’ve even included this week’s top Yellowstone Darwin Award contestant!… Continue reading
A cow moose turns her attention ahead of her in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 2, 2012 – Yellowstone Day Safari
A bull elk looks over its shoulders carrying a velvet antler rack in Yellowstone National Park.
June 30, 2012 – Yellowstone Day Safari
Two pronghorn does look back curiously in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 3, 2012 – Grand Teton Half Day Safari
A young male moose looks over curiously in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
July 1, 2012 – Grand Teton Half Day Safari
A man tries his best to be gored by a bison, despite warnings from a crowd of people in