Lamar Canyon Wolf Pack Pups
The Lamar Canyon pack led by the iconic 06 alpha female (see previous post “06 Female” and the Lamar Canyon Wolf Pack, Yellowstone) is now 11 strong. She delivered another 5 pups (in a addition to the 4 pups from the previous year) last spring. Unfortunately one pup died. With 8 pups, 2 adult males and 06, the pack is thriving and a beautiful sight to see.
Our recent annual winter adventure (January 2012) into Yellowstone National Park to see and photograph these beautiful animals brought us into close proximity of several of 06’s pups and yearlings.
Photographing these animals can be a huge challenge. The Lamar Canyon, Blacktail and Agate packs were in the area, but they are usually seen through spotting scopes 1-2 miles away. Occasionally they will cross the main road through the Lamar Valley and that is the best opportunity to photograph them. Unfortunately, there are a very limited number of turnouts along the road where one can park a car and set up camera gear. Parking on the road is not allowed. Being in the right turnout when a crossing occurs, or when the wolves are within photographic distance, takes timing and luck. This occurred twice over a 5 day period for us, once for the Lamar Canyon pack and once for the Agate pack (more on the Agates in a later post).
Lamar Canyon pup 820F is submitting to her older sister known as Middle Gray, (a yearling) in the image Sisterly Affection. Submitting is a form of expressing “rank” in a wolf pack. Because 820F is younger than middle gray, she is submissive to her.
I want to thank the members of the Wolf Project at Yellowstone. They share their passion, knowledge and insights into the wolves with the many observers and photographers that come to see nature’s richness every day.