YNP is has been open for almost a week. However, those which live with in the Park’s bounds, never knew it was closed. The wolf below, infected with mange, has been cruising the roads from Mid Way Geyser Basin all the way north past Gibbon Falls. With any luck, it won’t scratch itself to death and remove it’s much needed winter coat. There are other wolves around the West side of the YNP as well and they took down an elk near Nine Mile Run. This elk herd seems to be getting smaller each winter. Some say it’s down to 100 animals, maybe less.
Starting this weekend, the Park will get cranking with winter visitors. People come from all over the world to experience the wildness of YNP. The world is lacking wildness. Luckily, I get plenty of it.