It is late fall in Yellowstone National Park and this group of Canadian gray wolves is the Hayden Pack, consisting of alpha female 540F and alpha male 541M and 6 other offspring from this pair (note the radio collars on each alpha wolf.) Here they are defending an elk carcass buried by a grizzly bear in the snow. This grizzly bear charged the pack, took possesion of the carcass and defended it for a little over 4 minutes before it was ultimately forced off the carcass by the pack again. This is one of the last known sightings of these wolves as the Hayden pack were attacked by the Mollies (another wolf pack within the park) and both alphas and almost all pups were killed just 5 days after this photo was taken. Wild Canadian gray wolves were re-introduced to the park in a very controversal relocation effort in 1995 (14 animals) and again in 1996 (17 animals). For wolves (as well as we humans sometimes) it is a dog-eat-dog world out there…


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  • phatpuppy
    phatpuppyabout 4 years ago

    wow wow wow wow wow!!!!

  • markFairaday
    markFairadayabout 4 years ago

    wow is right. thanks for the story behind this photo

  • Victoria Jostes
    Victoria Jostesabout 4 years ago

    holy cow!! could i have seen this encounter on public television??

  • Joni  Rae
    Joni Raeabout 4 years ago

    Amazing shot and story! I just saw a documentary on wolves and how they helped bring back the balance to Yellowstone by thining out the Elk. Love all your info Michael! joni

  • Mllrg973
    Mllrg973about 4 years ago

    Awesome picture, Michael!!! ;)

  • joycee
    joyceeabout 4 years ago

    Amazing capture!!

  • GailD
    GailDabout 4 years ago

    Wow. Great shot & very interesting story. Love the wolves.

  • Josie Jackson
    Josie Jacksonabout 4 years ago

    Oh how sad about all these gorgeous wolves being killed, but like you said, its a dog eat dog world. this is an amazing capture, such a great action shot and birds as well. Thank you Michael for the information, not only do we see your fabulous photos but we get a history lesson as well. Thank you :o)

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtabout 4 years ago

    awesome image and notes michael

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