We may have heard of tourism experts, travel, and even book guides, but not a wolf adventure guide at Yellowstone Park, American Serengeti.
With Yellowstone Wolf Tracker, a wildlife adventure company, wolf watching makes a fascinating sight for adventure freaks, who crave the seamless experience of observing the gray-colored wild beasts in the vast snowy landscape during winter.
History of Yellowstone
Wolves were once a rampant sight across North America. Due to the activities of aggressive hunters, they shrank. Some were pushed to the verge of extinction. In the mid-1990s, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated Yellowstone as one of the areas to aid wolf species’ recovery. They then released over three-dozen wolves into the park. Today, the population has climaxed to over 100, making wolf watching a notable exertion for tourists.
Why visit Yellowstone
No documentary on wildlife can be as thrilling as seeing a wolf pack in the flesh. It is far more rewarding, and there’s no better place for this than Yellowstone National Park. The park is home to about 150 animals, including grizzly bears, bison, and coyotes.
For wildlife biologists, 2021 could be the wolf’s year, judging by the Chinese zodiac calendar that posits it as the year of Ox.
However, spotting a wolf in Yellowstone can be exhaustive. Yet, with these few tips, the success rate can be increased;
- Come at the right time: Winter is the best time to spot a wolf. They are easier to see against a snow-covered backdrop. Also, around mid-September to mid-June.
- Binoculars: Watching and photographing wolves is more enjoyable when done with help from binoculars, spotting scopes, and telephoto lenses.
- Follow Guides: Your chances of seeing wolves will be much greater if you work with an experienced guide. BrushBuck Wildlife Tours offers a number of small-group wolf observation tours.
- Head north: The Lamar and Hayden Valleys have been noted as Yellowstone’s “Serengeti” due to the open meadows and large flocks of bison and other wildlife. Improve your chances by spending time scouring these valleys.
- Carcasses: Corpses of dead elk or bison are predator buffets. Stake them out, and watch as the wild beasts come to the feast. This can lead to a lot of drama at kill sites.