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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Watch this great Video featuring a confrontation between a Grand Teton Park Wolf Pack of 11 lobos versus a lone Grizzly Bear............The video begs the question of why the confrontation............Was the Griz trying to usurp a wolf kill,,,,,,,,,,,,Was the Griz too close to the Pack's Den?

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW SHOWDOWN BETWEEN WOLVES AND A GRIZ

Video captures Grand Teton showdown between grizzly, wolf pack

Grizzly bears are formidable predators, and even accomplished hunters like gray wolves will steer clear of them in normal circumstances. But wolves sometimes cooperate in large numbers, so it’s possible that a few of them could cause trouble for a single bear. By Jason Ryan’s count, 11 wolves are more than enough.





That’s how many wolves he saw Monday during a hike at Jackson Lake, when a grizzly bear wandered onto the scene. Ryan captured the encounter in two minutes of amazing video and posted it online Tuesday. “Showdown in the Mud Flats” has since been viewed thousands of times.
“I was photographing greater yellow legs sandpipers, and noticed there was a wolf,” he said. “So I got a couple of pictures, and noticed another wolf, and as I was watching that one, more started appearing out of the willows.”
Ryan is the general manager for Signal Mountain Lodge, at the southeastern end of Jackson Lake. On his day off, he took his four-year-old son for a hike near Lizard Creek Campground, near the north end of Jackson Lake.
As the lake level has fallen toward the end of summer, vast mud flats have been created, and that’s where Ryan was bird-watching.
After hiking nearly a mile onto the flats and watching birds and a few wolves at a distance, Ryan’s son was ready to go home. But dad was engrossed by a grizzly bear facing off against several wolves that were not backing down.
“I’m watching something pretty cool,” Ryan can be heard telling his son on the video.
“Something pretty cool” turned out to be a skirmish between a harried grizzly and a rotating roster of four or five wolves at a time from a total of 11. Ryan said 10 can be seen in the video, but a younger, smaller wolf is not visible out of frame.
It may have been that smaller wolf the others were defending, or it could have been a carcass or an effort to protect a den, Ryan speculated. Whatever the reason, the wolves moved aggressively to chase the grizzly out of the area, and after a few close encounters in which no animal appeared seriously wounded, the bear made a retreat into thick vegetation.
That’s where the action, and the video ends.
“We never saw the bear again,” Ryan said.
“After that, the wolves seemed like they were pretty proud of themselves, and they grouped together, walked north and started howling. A couple of them just sat down and howled for while, and a lot of them disappeared back into the willows,” he said.




Ryan has worked at Signal Mountain Lodge since 1997, when wolves had not yet extended their range south to Signal Mountain, and grizzlies were a less common sight.
Despite seeing plenty of bears and several wolves since then, Ryan said he could not recall seeing anything that compares to Monday’s showdown.
“It was an incredible experience, and I’m glad I could share it with people who are so excited to see it,” he said.
Contact Ruffin Prevost at 307-213-9818 or ruffin@yellowstonegate.com.

2 comments:

Dave Messineo said...

I was out in Jackson Hole there when this wolf grizzly event happened....
We had driven north to Lamar Valley and Hayden Valley in Yellowstone to see wolves (to no avail) Wolves are seldom seen in the Tetons (despite their presence) because there are simply no good open viewing areas.
We spent time every day a few miles below Jackson Lake sitting on the Snake River watching eagles, otters, elk and whatever.
Jackson Lake is irrigation water for farmers so draught in Idaho central Idaho mandated that water be released, As a result Jackson Lake was so low that the marinas and docks were all on dry land and the northern end of the lake was totally dry with miles of flat lake bottom. As we drove by I stopped several times to scan the flats and said to my wife that this would be an ideal place to see wildlife because it was completely open and free of any vegetation so any wildlife would be completely exposed.
The popular wolf watching lookouts further north may offer one or two wolves at telescope distances. No one would ever even imagine the eleven wolves would perform down in the Tetons.

Rick Meril said...

what a great day for you and family to witness this event live