Silver Gate man spends days recording wolf movements. By Brett French. Billings Gazette.

This story is about a great man almost every wolf watcher in Yellowstone Park soon meets, Ranger Rick McIntyre.

About The Author

Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University. He was a Western Watersheds Project Board Member off and on for many years, and was also its President for several years. For a long time he produced Ralph Maughan's Wolf Report. He was a founder of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. He and Jackie Johnson Maughan wrote three editions of "Hiking Idaho." He also wrote "Beyond the Tetons" and "Backpacking Wyoming's Teton and Washakie Wilderness." He created and is the administrator of The Wildlife News.

7 Responses to Silver Gate man spends days recording wolf movements

  1. swjags says:

    Ralph is right. Rick McIntyre is generous to all when it comes to wolves in YNP. He’s a font of knowledge and he loves sharing all those hours of observation with others. Bravo Rick!

  2. Bob Caesar says:

    I don’t understand how he does it – day after day after day! Up b4 dawn back after dark! 24/7 – And, he is so generous with information to everyone who comes to see wolves.
    A huge THANKS to RM!

  3. Rick Hammel says:

    Just look for the yellow Xanterra in Lamar/Little America and you will find Rick. He is a great source of information.


  4. Chris H says:

    Rick is very nice and helpful. When I’ve been there it seems as if most of the serious wildlife watchers were all very helpful and generous with their time.

  5. Jon Way says:

    Congrats Rick.
    Everyone talks about how wolves are so incredibly visible. In my opinion, it is both b.c of the wolves themselves, but also b.c of Rick McIntyre and his dogged efforts to keep tabs on them. His efforts allow thousands, incl. myself, to see these animals.

  6. Rick is really an unsung hero; out there every day; and whenever the wolves are close to the road, usually some problem with crowd control

  7. Terry Nissen says:

    I look for that yellow Xanterra every time I go to the park. Just follow Rick and you’ll find the wolves. Got some great shots of the Druids in January and hope to get more with the new pups in just a week. My friends and I will be staying in Silver Gate and lookin’ out for Rick. Last year, he even came up to us in one of the pull outs and said..”They’re down the road..find the people with the scopes set up and you’ll see the wolve”…and we did and heard the howling all across the Lamar Valley. It was too awesome. Can’t wait to get out there next week.


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