Through the eyes of wolves

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"Old Faithful" geyser in Yellowstone National Park. Credit@wikimedia

For many, the start of the year may offer new beginnings and adventurous travel destinations, some of which is ideal considering the cold season in progress. Wolves have been subject to being studied by naturalists, aiming to unlock the behaviour of these enigmatic creatures by observing them from a distance. The way a Druid pack may react to a newcomer or how they all descend upon a herd of prey is all documented and may now be seen by tourists as well who wish to seek a diverse way to spend the winter season. Yellowstone Park, known as the first national park in the world, provides an opportune time to view wildlife throughout the Lamar Valley in the United States. West Yellowstone Montana is considered to be the most popular town to stay in the area during winter, with many hotels, restaurants, gift shops, snow coach operators and snowmobile rentals as well as adrenaline-filled tours. Through this, Yellowstone Park is also known as being the “Snow Mobile Capitol of the World,” despite its various types of ecosystems, subalpine forest takes up the majority of the area.

Wolf in Lamar Valley. Credit@wikimedia

Wolf in Lamar Valley. Credit@wikimedia

Yellowstone boasts a rich history with Native Americans having lived in this region for 11, 000 years. The park was even bypassed in the early 19th century by Captain Meriwether Lewis and his close friend Second Lieutenant William Clark. Renowned since 1872, Yellowstone Park is home to mountains, wildlife and the world’s largest collection of geysers; a popular example being Old Faithful Geyser. The valley’s history is one that displays a significant attempt in the conservation of the wild bison and the returning of the wolf to Yellowstone. In 1907, there were only 23 wild bison living in North America, which led to the building of the Lamar Buffalo Ranch in an attempt to protect and restore their numbers. In 1995, many of the wolves that were reintroduced to the park have built a life for themselves in the Lamar valley, so much so that the region has become a popular place to observe all types of wildlife.

Yellowstone river flowing through mountains. Credit@kenlundviaflickr.com

Yellowstone river flowing through mountains. Credit@kenlundviaflickr.com

Many visitors seem drawn to the wolf-watching experiences Lamar Valley offers called “Food for the Masses” organised by the Yellowstone Association Institute. Participants may travel through the Northern Range searching for wolf activity, peering through telephoto lenses to see all that is happening. The road through the Lamar Valley is the only road in the park that is open throughout the entire year, where it hosts a diverse range of wildlife tours by bus, snow-coach and people carrier van.

The park is welcoming towards its newcomers, offering warm drinks and communal areas to socialise, the “Old Faithful Snow Lodge” being the most popular in the park. Besides the winter safari adventure there is other activities the park offers such as photo expeditions, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snow mobile tours, visits with local photographers, gallery tours, skiing, and snowshoeing. Naturalists, concessionaires and rangers, are there to assist visitors in their pursuit of witnessing wildlife in action, without the overwhelming crowds or the distraction of manmade technology. Aside from the Druid pack, other animals might make an appearance, such as the bighorn sheep or herds of elk and bison traipsing in the valleys and volcanic highlands of the park. Private tours may also be arranged through guide services which offer one to one focus on what guests wish to do and see within the park.

Geothermal pools. Credit@jimnixviaflickr.com

Geothermal pools. Credit@jimnixviaflickr.com

The sublime environment and conservation legacy may provide an ideal setting for nature lovers and wolf enthusiasts aiming to gain insight on how wildlife interact with each other. From morning to night, guests may dabble in “a thousand Yellowstone wonders” and still have much more to experience in the park.

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