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Mountain Town News: Wolf Sightings Less Assured for Watchers in Yellowstone

posted Jun 30, 2019, 7:43 PM by chloe owens

5/12/2019, by Allen Best, Summit Daily

Mountain Town News: Wolf sightings less assured for watchers in Yellowstone

In October 2010, two Coloradans were driving in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park, wondering if they would be so lucky as to see a wolf. They were. A full pack, in fact. But wasn’t entirely a matter of luck…Several miles away, at Pebble Creek, the road was knotted with about 80 people, ages 8 to perhaps 80, with enough optics on tripods among them to stock a good-sized camera store. In the midst of them, wearing an orange jacket, was a figure of authority. Rick McIntyre was his name, and yes, there was a pack of wolves about 150 yards away, loitering in the afternoon heat. McIntyre was an almost daily wolf-watcher for 24 straight years after wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone. He officially retired from his position with the Yellowstone Wolf Project in February 2018. And when he did, Yellowstone made another change, too…After his retirement, the Yellowstone Wolf Project chose to no longer routinely share the whereabouts of wolves, reports the Jackson Hole News&Guide…Wolf-watchers must now fan out more strategically. There’s more guesswork, too, about the identity of the individual wolves such as the single wolf that the News&Guide’s Mike Koshmrl saw brazenly feeding on a bison carcass with two grizzlies.