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The Tender Father and pups

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I wont claim for this image to be a technically strong image.
But it is something very very rare to witness within Yellowstone especially close enough to capture with a camera.

I happened upon the wolves by chance I had spotted one in my car far off I walked into the trees and laid low to watch them. Through the thick brush they kept getting closer and closer until something amazing happened, in a small clearing just on the other side of trees two adorable pups ran out of a small culvert. You could hardly see through the brush but the pups first acted afraid of dad bowing down in a submissive posture, a whine from the dad and the pups posture changed and they came running towards licking there lips soon prancing and licking him.

Two of the females stood guard a short distance from the father starring uneasily at me.

As quickly as the encounter began it ended dad tenderly picked up one of the pups in his mouth and began walking into the trees..The second pup followed and was picked up by mother.

This wolf is a remnant of the now scattered Hayden Pack. It is also the same group of wolves that I have taken pictures of feeding on the elk. the pack will continue to grow and may become the new champions of Hayden valley.


**Disclaimer**
NEVER knowingly approach a wolf den or wolf pups. If you happen upon them give them plenty space and make no sudden movements or actions. This was a chance encounter. Upon speaking with a biologist in the park the pack had been moving eastward and the den I had spotted had been in use for only two days prior to seeing them. Wolves are extremely good parents and pack members have been known to fight to the death with grizzly bears in defense of pups. However too much continued human pressure on a den can cause abandonment of the pups.
Image details
Image size
900x711px 589.07 KB
Make
Canon
Model
Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Shutter Speed
1/664 second
Aperture
F/2.5
Focal Length
280 mm
ISO Speed
640
Date Taken
Jun 18, 2008, 6:32:23 AM
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