Today we went on a longer wildlife tour in Lamar Valley. It is a prime spot for wildlife in all seasons due to the Lamar River that flows through it. This river flows into the Yellowstone River, which flows into the Missouri River, which flows into the Mississippi.
We had a two dog day, seeing several wolves and coyotes. WARNING – there are more circle of life pictures (which are the best places to find these animals), so you might not want to look at the last two pictures. The wolf in the first picture was the closest we got to a wolf today. She is a disposed alpha female (which made us sad). The wolf watcher told us that she was injured two years ago and she removed herself from the pack and lives alone. One thing you learn on wildlife tours – mother nature can be tough.
We got to see the Lamar Valley pack which has 8 wolves, 4 of which are black. A pack is actually a male and female wolf and their offspring. They were the same dots we saw yesterday, but they were closer to the road this time so we could really see them. There were three young ones that were having a ball playing in the snow. We saw coyotes in two different places and were amazed how different they look (color wise) than the coyotes that live near our house (the last three pictures are of coyotes).