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Grand Teton NP wildlife report

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Grand Teton NP wildlife report

For those of you planning to visit GTNP anytime soon, this wildlife report is from the Grand Teton National Park Foundation:

Wolves are out and about, localizing around den sites and preparing to give birth to pups in late April

bald eagles and other early season nesting birds are incubating eggs

birds that migrate out of Jackson Hole in the fall are returning in increasing numbers

the first bison calves of the year are being born

bears are showing up in increasing numbers, looking for winter-killed carcasses to feed on

moose and other ungulates are in their toughest time of the year, with low reserves from the long, snowy winter

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1. Re: Grand Teton NP wildlife report

Hello TetonBill,

We won't arrive till Mid-May, but it's good to hear this early report.

Where is GTNP can you find wolves?

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Thanks for the update.

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4. Re: Grand Teton NP wildlife report

Peach,

Do you have a trip planned to return to Jackson Hole?

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Thanks for the pack map Bill! We will try our luck in May. In Yellowstone, we have seen a few lone wolves, and a few "dot" packs in the distance. The best experience was very early one morning in the Lamar Valley when we could just barely see the pack, but the pups were very vocal. So cool to listen to the pups!

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Hope you enjoy your visit and get to see some wolves. We often hear them and occasionally see them in the back country. Their tracks are easy to identify inside the park because no dogs are allowed on the hiking trails, so a "dog" print is either a wolf or a coyote. In real simple terms, if it's a dog-like track 2" or smaller, think coyote; if it's 4" or larger, think wolf. Very early morning is a good time, or during the day when it get cooler, like in September. The wolves follow their prey, which during the early summer are the elk calves. They could also go after a bison calf, but the bison do a good job of protecting their young and many a wolf has died trying to get to a bison calf.

Here's a similar map for Yellowstone wolf packs.

www.nps.gov/yell/naturescience/wolves.htm

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Update on our wildlife: the elk are beginning to leave the Elk Refuge. Several thousand are slowly making their way north into Grand Teton National Park and the Gros Ventre Mountains. Within several weeks, all 8,000 elk that were on the Refuge will be gone, leaving behind thousands of sheds. The Jackson Hole elk herd numbers about 15,000 elk, and this is the time of year when all of them are on the move.

Also, the Jackson Hole bison herd, numbering about 800, are moving back north to their summer range on Antelope Flats.

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