Saturday, October 29, 2011

Lamar Canyon Pack Wolves - Yellowstone National Park

The Lamar Canyon Pack pups are playing on the bank of Soda Butte Creek in Yellowstone National Park.
The pack killed an elk last night and had consumed all of it when I arrived this morning. The pups and yearlings played on the bank for over an hour. I was at least 300 yards away and had a difficult time getting good photos at that distance. I enjoyed watching the play.
Wolves and dogs play in exactly the same manner. I grew up with farm dogs and I recognized all of the behavior and displays from observing our dogs as a child. All of the hoopla about "Wolf Research " is pretty phony. Anyone who has raised dogs knows most of what there is to know about wolves..
The wolf pup on the right is approaching an adult wolf and is displaying the exact submissive, ears back, tail down pose  that a domestic dog pup would use when approaching an adult dog. I am sure that the Yellowstone Wolf Study Team has about ten latin terms to describe this commonly seen behavior.

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