Monday, February 21, 2011

Two Wolves and A Grizzly - Yellowstone National Park

Two members of Yellowstone's Canyon Pack confront a Grizzly Bear that took this Elk away from them. The Grizzly has frost on his back from sitting out all night on top of the Elk. The bear has covered the elk with grass to keep the ravens and magpies off of it.

Yellowstone Grizzlies have learned to follow wolf packs in order to steal their kills. The wolves have to eat in a big hurry before the bears arrive.
The wolf on the left is handicapped with a large radio collar and disappeared during the next year.
Researchers, like the ones that collared this wolf, outnumber rangers and maintenance workers combined in some of our National Parks. This over emphasis on research has taken money away from upkeep in our parks and many park facilities are outdated and in disrepair.

If you drive into Yellowstone this time of year, you will see more researchers pointing their radio antennas at collared animals, than you will rangers and other staff working in the park.

I used a Canon 40D with a Canon 500mm lens and a 1.4x multiplier to get this photo.

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