Grizzly Attack!

Michael S Nolan

Joined September 2010

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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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