Woman stumbles upon howling wolf in Yellowstone Park

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A woman driving through Yellowstone was standing still when she saw something up close and personal to her left. It was a wolf. He seemed to glance at her and then turned back to himself. He started to scream and in the distance there was a return call. Give the woman the credit, after a summer of stupid tourist tricks in the park, she didn’t go out and offered a challenge to the animal. Chalk one to be sober when visiting Yellowstone!

We can assume that there were some idiots trying to ride bison and taunt bears 50 years ago. We just haven’t seen a lot of photos.

Not so long ago, a group of hikers encountered a pack of wolves. It seems the dogs and people were a bit surprised. No one was injured and the two sides continued on their independent paths.

All of these encounters, both good and bad, are likely to increase. There are simply a lot more people visiting national parks than at any time in the past. More people mean more chances of running into wildlife.

In addition, almost everyone carries a smartphone equipped with a camera for both still and motion pictures. We can assume that there were some idiots trying to ride bison and taunt bears 50 years ago. We just haven’t seen a lot of photos. And maybe the fools didn’t live to tell the story. Perhaps it would have improved the human gene pool.

As a reminder, spokesperson Terry Thompson of Idaho Fish and Game said the best way to see wildlife is from a distance with binoculars. If you want photos, get a really good zoom. Thompson says if your presence makes the animal move, then you are too close. I had this a few weeks ago. I was in front of a ravine because of a deer and when they heard the “roar” of my camera, they walked away. I had planned to photograph them drinking in a pond. I was a good distance away and the wind was blowing in my direction. Still, the sound of the camera annoyed them.

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