Playful Pup- Yellowstone National Park | Wyoming USA

NextPreviousCaption: Playful Pup- Yellowstone National Park | Wyoming USA Photo By:
Roman Kurywczak
300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM
1/640 sec
ISO Setting:
300-800mm F5.6 EX DG APO HSM

I been to Yellowstone countless times and had never seen a free roaming wolf.  Imagine my surprise when on the last day of my trip in 2008 I would spend the entire day photographing not just one wolf but a whole pack!  Even more amazing would be that I would be able to do that all alone with just another photography friend but no one else. It all started late one morning as we were driving through the park and I spotted a dark shadow moving through a field.  At first, we thought it was a bear but quickly realized that it was not just one wolf but a whole pack moving through.  As we grabbed for our gear out of the car, the pack crossed the road and disappeared into the woods.  It was thrilling just to witness but I wanted more.  We quickly jumped into the car to see where they were headed.  As we rounded a bend we found a lone pup standing in the road howling.  He quickly vanished into the woods once again and appeared to be heading back to where they originally came from.  My experience told me that the pack would not leave a pup and they had to be close.  We scouted a picnic area off the main road and soon found the entire pack in an open grassy field.  We would not approach too closely and I was sure glad to have the reach of the 300-800!  This image is of the pup as he was playing with mom while she kept an eye on us.  I spent the next 6 hours just staying put as the pack went about their business.  This has been one of my greatest thrills as a wildlife photographer.