Getting close up photos of wild wolf is the dream of most wildlife photographers. Usually it takes 10 years of visiting Yellowstone National Park to get one such encounter because wolves are very smart and elusive. You may only be able to see a tiny dot of them miles away.
I heard that one time some famous photography crew set up numerous trail cameras in the park, hoping these wolves would trigger the infrared beam at night to get some photos. Turned out the wolves destroyed all the cameras (from behind the cameras) and the crew got zero pic. (info not confirmed)
But, about 20 years ago, the famous Druid wolf pack conquered the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone, with 37 members strong, rumored to be the biggest pack in history. They would take down bison once every few days. Photographers could get once-a-lifetime shots without waiting for 10 years. But that was the film day.
Well, finally, it happened again. Druid pack is no longer here. But now the Wapiti pack of Hayden Valley has over 20 wolves, and are taking down elk very frequently near the road.
If you are planning a trip to take wildlife photos, go to Yellowstone and hire a snowcoach NOW. Winter in Yellowstone is ending in 60 days, meaning you may not get snow or see the winter coats of the wolves.
For me, I have a day job, so I may have to wait for another 20 years.
Here are a few lucky souls (friends) who had some close encounters these past two weeks in Yellowstone. Now let's all get envious together...
Just 4 words I want to say to them.
"I hate you guys!"