MOOSE, Wyo. — The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is home to some of the most wild animals, including wolves. However, it’s still a very rare experience to encounter wolves up close and personal in this rich ecosystem.
Last week, Buckrail Photographer Nick Sulzer, spotted a pack in Grand Teton National Park (GTNP).
Photos: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail
Wolves were only reintroduced into the GYE in 1995 and 1996. Within a few years, they were spotted in the Jackson Hole valley. According to the National Park Service, the route they traveled to get here is still unknown.
Like humans, wolves are highly social animals who thrive as a species living in packs. Wolf packs typically consist of a breeding pair (the alpha male and alpha female) and their offspring. Packs may also include a breeding pair, siblings and subordinate wolves. Pack size can range from three to over 20 individuals, and territory size fluctuates depending on pack size and prey availability.
In Wyoming, wolf litters average five pups; some packs produce two litters a year. All pack members feed and rear the young. Wolves howl to attract mates, locate pack members and defend their territories against invading wolves or packs.
To read more about the history and lives of wolves in GTNP click here.