Lamar Valley

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Lamar Valley Wolf Watching
25 years ago, there were no wolves in Yellowstone. In the decades after the park’s founding, Canis lupis were considered “vermin” and were hunted to extinction here by the 1940s. Today though, Yellowstone, specifically the Lamar Valley, is among the world’s best spots to spot canis lupis. As of 2017, the descendants of 41 wolves reintroduced to the park in the mid-1990s numbered more than 500 descendants. About 100 live in the park in 11 packs. Year-round, Yellowstone Forever Institute offers guided wolf watching trips. You can also do it on your own too: Look for groups of people on the side of the road with binoculars and spotting scopes. Stop and ask questions and you’ll find these “wolfers” are friendly. It’s possible to see wolves year-round, but they’re best spotted in winter, when they stand out against the snow. Dawn and dusk are when they’re most active.
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NE Entrance Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA