While they are often still out of sight up in the Lamar River, upstream from Lamar Valley, the 15-member Druid Pack appears to be reclaiming their old territory after they were marginalized in recent years by the surging Slough Creek Pack.

Today the third encounter of the year between the two pack was inferred, although not observed.

The Druids were observed north of highway at Soda Butte Cone on a kill. This is the first time they have been seen north of the highway (recall they used to den just above there on Druid Peak). The 8 member Slough Creek Pack was observed about a mile to mile-and-a-half away and moving away (to the west). Then the packs engaged in a long howling bout. Eventually the Sloughs continued west.

In the previous two instances, it was the Slough Creek Pack moving away from the Druids. No physical contact between them has yet been seen, although it is certainly expected.

In other news, the 13 Agate Creek wolves have been observed in some unusual places. Park Ranger-Naturalist Rick McIntyre said that today he observed them for the first time ever on Hellroaring Slopes, the long time home of many past wolf packs.

The newly named Oxbow Creek Pack, which was recently derived from the Leopolds, uses the Hellroaring area, but it has visited the Tower Junction area at least twice in recent weeks. This is generally Agate territory in fall and winter months.

Thanks go to Rick McIntyre for this information.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Druids are returning more and more to their old haunts. Sloughs are wary.

  1. avatar Dave Collins says:

    Ralph,
    Thank you for posting this information for those of us that are so far away from the action. You provide a great service.

  2. avatar Tim Z. says:

    It’s great to see this pack coming back. I was lucky enough to see them with two small pups several years ago.

  3. avatar brigitte dighello says:

    it is great to see them,i was lucky to observe themm howl a few weeks ago in lamar.could you please sent me ricks e-mail adress keep up the good work brigitte dighello

  4. avatar Elli says:

    Thanks Ralph for keeping us updated. I enjoy this new blog. Hope it doesn’t turn in too much work for you. You’re doing a great job. I’ll be back to Yellowstone for 4 weeks of wolf watching in February. Can’t wait to see them again.

  5. Thanks, Elli. Glad you like it.

    Actually it is less work than before because I don’t have to deal with all the HTML/CSS code.

    We will be in the Park for Christmas, but not February.

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