A very, very sad day. I will miss 06 – as will her pack. RIP 06 – a very special wolf. Here she is before she was collared, crossing the road near Exclosure, in the Lamar, in her usual style of ‘ I will cross when I want to cross’. A beautiful wolf.[/url] 06 – MAY 2011 by Abbie8101, on Flickr
My only half-way decent photo of her, from Fall 2010.
The only time I’ve been close to her was when my parents and I got stuck in the middle of the pack as they crossed the road at Warm Creek in October of 2011. No time to pull over and get photos, unfortunately.
This is the only half-way decent photo of 06 I have with 755 waiting his turn in the background. Will always remember first watching her and the pups in the old Slough Creek den area. One day in particular she repeatedly chased a bear away as it neared the densite. As their mom approached, the little pups would scamper from the den opening onto the porch with tails wagging. I also recall when she and the boys (754 and 755) got together. They were juveniles with not much hunting ability. Before she became a mother, she took good care of them, too.
Rest in peace, 06. You will be remembered.
Thank you for starting this thread. I have tried to post “news” items here before but ended up having someone reply that it didn’t belong here or that someone had already posted about it on the “correct” board.
Really saddening news. Bitterness and grief fight for the upper hand.I had the pleasure to see this great alpha during all of my recent trips to the park, first time October 2010. Photos are from March 2012, my last of her.
eilishp wrote:Our girl made the New York Times. I would expect nothing less…
This is getting worldwide attention. Hopefully her death will bring changes that protect the wolves going forward. I wish I had a picture of her to post, but I never saw her personally. I saw the rest of her pack this summer, but never her.
…… and yesterday in the UK Guardian and Daily Mail.
Some journalistic nonsense in the articles, and a nice coyote picture brought as a wolf, but still…..
Other European newspapers will follow, no doubt.Willem
I’m not sure if these are of 06 or not. The first one is, I believe, but the other three I’m not so sure. Some of the markings look similar, but the collar looks different than those posted above. Maybe some one can positively ID this wolf. All taken in Lamar last August.
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I read about this in yesterdays Denver Post. So sad!!! I was hoping to see her and the pack next week. Our family is making a special trip to the Lamar Valley just to see the wolves. What are the chances of seeing any wolves at all? What ‘s the best time to see them and where? We are staying in Silver Gate so getting up very early is no problem neither is staying out late.
wildlife watcher wrote:I read about this in yesterdays Denver Post. So sad!!! I was hoping to see her and the pack next week. Our family is making a special trip to the Lamar Valley just to see the wolves. What are the chances of seeing any wolves at all? What ‘s the best time to see them and where? We are staying in Silver Gate so getting up very early is no problem neither is staying out late.
If I was going to be there next week, I’d recommend buying the subscription to Yellowstone Reports and seeing what activity is being reported in the Lamar Valley. I haven’t seen any mention at all of where the rest of the Lamar Canyon pack have been since 06 was killed. A couple of the other wolf packs have been spotted in the last couple of days, but spending the $20 for the subscription will get you a lot more details.
I, as do most of you, have special feeling for 06 aand her pack. I’ve spent a lot of money each summer visiting the park, mostly to see the Lamar Canyon wolves and the Canyon pack. I was so happy to see 06, the two brothers, and a few of her young out in the valley checking out buffalo in July of this year. Of course 06 was my favorite wolf. I have a nice picture of her bringing home food for the pups from July 2011. It is posted in my 2011 trip report.
wildlife watcher wrote:What ‘s the best time to see them and where? We are staying in Silver Gate so getting up very early is no problem neither is staying out late.
In July when I was there I saw members of the Canyon pack 13 days in a row from the Grizzly Overlook on the left about a mile south of Alum Creek. Some days I spent most of the day there. I saw them at various times of the day from breakfast time until 9:00 PM (on the last day). But I think they change hunting spots in the winter, hanging out near Mammoth.
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The last time I saw 06 was in June, 2011. She and her pack were heading south from off the mountain to the northwest of the restroom that sits where the road to Slough Creek Campground turns off the hard sufaced road in the Lamar. There was a small herd of elk cows about 200 yards behind the restroom and 06 and company headed toward them. Once the pack got to the elk cows things became real interesting. The wolves tried to make the elk run, but the elk just grouped a bit closer and held their grown. (The cows had hidden their calves in the sagebrush nearby.) The wolves would run up close trying to nip at the elks’ legs, and the elk would try to stomp them with their front hooves. This went on for quite a while…. then the elk made a run for it to the west and the chase was on. The elk, followed closely by the wolves, disappeared behind the rolling, hilly terrain and the show was over. The cows that survived probably returned later to their calves.This was one of those events in the park I will never forget….. and 06 was right in the middle of the action.
2ndAllin wrote:I’m not sure if these are of 06 or not. The first one is, I believe, but the other three I’m not so sure. Some of the markings look similar, but the collar looks different than those posted above. Maybe some one can positively ID this wolf. All taken in Lamar last August.
The collared wolf is 820F – she was born in 2011. The gray with her does not look like her litter sister as the face markings are not dark enough – it is likely to be either Middle Gray or 776F (she has lost her collar) who were both born in 2010. The black is probably one of the pups from the 2011 litter as looks too large to be one of the pups from 2012. (I can only tell the 2 blacks from 2011 litter apart when they are together as one is bigger than the other).
Warm and windy early spring day of April this year.She appeared out of no where it seemed and stood on a hill for over a minute with her fur blowing in the wind looking down the valley. It was a majestic sight.