Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone Nat'l Park
Wyoming 82190
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Bison Bull, Lamar Valley


Photo by Alfredo De Simone

The Lamar Valley and Northeast Entrance boast none of the hydrothermal features for which Yellowstone is famous. Yet it is a mistake to snub this swath of Yellowstone National Park. Here are three reasons why. 1. The 29-mile (47 km) Northeast Entrance Road is the most scenic of Yellowstone's five access drives. 2. The Lamar River and Soda Butte Creek are top fly fishing waters. 3. Lamar Valley - a broad, u-shaped glacial valley - is the best place to watch wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. View bison, elk, pronghorn and mule deer. Spot grizzly, coyote, gray wolf, fox and even black bear. And if you're visit is well-timed, watch river otters play in Soda Butte Creek. Save for Alaska, there is no better place to view wildlife in the United States.
Gray Wolf Facts
Gray Wolf

Gray Wolf

Kenneth Fink courtesy National Park Service


There are lots of fun facts about gray wolves. Did you know that:

  • The gray wolf - Canis lupus - is the largest wild member of the dog family.
  • Gray wolf and timber wolf are two names for the same thing.
  • The gray wolf and domestic dog share a common ancestry.
  • Gray wolves live in a variety of habitats including forests, grasslands, deserts and tundra and are found on three continents, North America, Europe and Asia.
  • Gray wolves hunt, steal and scavenge for food. They hunt in packs and feed on large hoofed mammals such as elk, deer, moose and caribou as well as small prey like beaver and rabbit.
  • Gray wolves have two layers of fur. The top layer repels water and dirt; the thick undercoat keeps the gray wolf warm.
  • Not all gray wolves are gray in color. Gray wolves can be white, brown, black and cinnamon too.
  • The gray wolf's large size, broad snout, large feet and short ears distinguish it from coyote, fox and other wolves.
  • Gray wolves are gregarious. They live, feed and hunt in packs from 2 to 36 members in size.
  • Gray wolf packs have a highly developed social order. A dominant pair, alpha male and alpha female, lead each wolf pack.
  • Gray wolves are predators not prey.
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