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Grizzly Stares Down Plane While Guarding Dead Bison

September 10, 2012

Animal Photo of the Year entry. (Click to enlarge.)

Bum bum…

…bum bum bum bum…

Vreep! Vreep!

The story:

Yellowstone National Park wolf project leader Doug Smith snapped this photo last Friday, while tracking some of the park’s wolf packs from the air.

Smith spotted a dead bull bison in the park’s Hayden Valley, an apparent victim of a nasty encounter with another bull bison during the herd’s annual rut. As you can see, a very large grizzly bear has claimed the bison carcass as his own.

And:

What you can’t see, according to Smith, is the Canyon wolf pack lurking some 50 yards behind the grizzly, patiently waiting its turn on the carcass.

Yellowstone. What a place.

• More photos by Yellowstone wolf biologist Doug Smith here.

• PBS has a bio on him here.

• Smith talking about the wolves on a YouTube video here.

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UJBR Bonus: We’ve got a long article on the fascinating evolutionary history of bears – and the rundown on the eight species that remain today – in Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader NATURE CALLS. You’ll go wild for it. (That was uncalled for. We’re sorry.)

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