It sort of took Drusha Mayhue by surprise when, out of all the activities she suggested to Karl Forsgaard for afternoon activities, he chose the long-shot chance of seeing wolves in Yellowstone.
Karl, a Sierra Club activist from the Seattle area, was in Bozeman, Mont. for a conference in February. Drusha, a local resident and fellow Sierra Club member who knows Karl through the Club’s Recreational Issues Committee, gave him some ideas for how to spend his afternoon off.
"Karl chose to go to Yellowstone and see wolves," says Drusha. "I told him there was no guarantee of seeing wolves, but he was willing to take that chance in the space of 5 hours. It turns out that it was the best wolf-seeing experience that either Karl or I have ever had, and I have seen the wolves quite a few times!"
They were standing near the highway in a treed area, which made the lighting rather dark, but Karl still managed to get some great photos.
Drusha recommends a visit to the park in February, May, or September, which are great animal-viewing times. Actually all winter is good. "You can see everything but bears, which are hibernating," she says.
Remember: don't try to feed wolves or get too close. Wolves that become habituated to humans and human food put their own lives at risk. "Once they get too trusting of people, they increase the possibility of being killed if they go outside of the Park because there is a small, albeit vocal, cadre of opponents who will shoot a wolf," says Drusha. "There is still a practice of 'shoot, shovel, and shut-up' among some people who dislike wolves."
Read more about wolves:What Lewis and Clark saw
Southern Rockies Wolf Restoration Project
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