The solidity of nature, even of creatures competing to eat the raw meat of the dead bison, is edifying. It brings a feeling of hopefulness at a time when humans claw at each other over political abstractions in a confused, but hostile, unnatural way, to detriment of all of us.

There is currently a debate on the web as to which kind of carnivore Americans would rather see eat the hostage taking members of Congress. Grim humor, I guess.

Enjoy the happy photos in the link below.

Bison carcass draws feeding frenzy of grizzlies, wolves in Yellowstone Park.

By Brett French. Billings Gazette.

About The Author

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 past President of the Western Watersheds Project.

11 Responses to Great photos of grizzly, wolves, and others on bison carcass in YNP

  1. avatar Peter Kiermeir says:

    Truly awesome pictures. But the fun is somewhat spoiled by the comment one of America´s brightest brains has attached to this article: “The bears are awesome! Hopefully the illegally introduced CANADIAN subspecies of wolves leave the park soon and are shot or trapped”

    • avatar Nancy says:

      Yep, totally agree Peter.

    • avatar SAP says:

      Those comment sections, particularly at the Gazette, should come with a toxicity warning. I never read them anymore — too infuriating and depressing. Do yourselves a favor and just skip it.

    • avatar Nancie Mccormish says:

      One of the wolves is clearly wearing a collar, so whoever thought it was a member of a “subspecies” could probably find out for sure without much trouble 🙂

  2. Here is a video I shot of this odd wildlife behavior

    • avatar Nancy says:

      A good picture is worth a thousand words Daryl but this footage is worth so much more! Loved the music too. Thanks for sharing:)

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      I love it – I love the king of the forest bull elk and the lobos coming to call, and the little bears chasing them off, you can read the wolves’ mood by their tails. The music is wonderful. They know how to share the bounty. Thank you!

  3. avatar Immer Treue says:

    How can this possibly be. Based upon impeccably flawless sources, I’ve been lead to believe that Yellowstone was Dead.

    Great footage, timeless. Thanks for sharing!

  4. avatar snaildarter says:

    The wolves probably killed the bison and the Big Bore took it away from them, which is a fairly common occurrence in YNP. But they were not so willing to let the female have their kill. I suspect She and her cub’s place in the feeding hierarchy is after the wolves. Overall bears really benefit from having wolves around. In fact all wildlife and plants in the park benefit from having wolves back in their natural place.

    • avatar Ida Lupine says:

      Yes, the wolves don’t seem very aggressive (at least to me), I always see them as like dogs.

      I only meant that the Elk was king of the forest in the ecological sense – they give the impression of great strength and power, especially when you see them in the wild guarding that huge herd, and they would be very hard to take down it would seem unless they are old, sick, weak or very young.

      I’m not opposed to hunting elk and deer – it seems the natural way of things as other animals do too. I’m just opposed to killing.

  5. avatar patrick peaches says:

    very interesting video of natural world 🙂


October 2013


‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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