by YSNUT on Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:30 pm
What a great beginning to the day. I was going east out of Mamoth just at first light when a grey wolf ran across the road just in front of me. It ran a short distance and stopped on a small hill. I watched it for a few minutes but then it went out of sight. As I continued on down the road I notice a small group all looking in the direction that the wolf had taken. Thinking maybe the wolf would go after the elk I turned around and went back towards Mamoth. At the same place where the first wolf crossed the road 7 more followed. They all ran out into the sagebrush and held a meet and greet. Just then a 9th wolf crossed the road. He looked frightened and had his tail tucked between his legs. When the others saw him they immediately charged in his direction. He ran back across the road and one of the other 8 chased after him. The other 7 continued east and out of sight. Just after we lost sight of them the 2 appeared near the road and began to bark and howl trying to find the others. Some photographers got too close and they left the area. We did not see them again. One of the rangers informed us that this pack were the Blacktails.
I continued into the park. Lots and lots of buffalo on the road all heading east. I went to wrecker where there was a large grizzly boar. Later I was told that he was scarface. He was really beaten up. On down the road to Bolder where the 17 Mollies were in sight. Later I had a black bear near Hellroaring, Big horns and a harlequin duck at wrecker a coyote at Floating Island Lake and my first red dog near the bridge construction site. I checked on the owl again waiting on the little ones to appear.
Not a bad day.