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Hello to my friends at TE! Sorry I haven't been around lately. My new career is keeping me busy! I hope to contribute more in the coming months.

This wolf was captured (in my camera!) in the morning at Teton National Park. I was shooting directly into the sun, and experimenting with my exposure and aperture settings.

The wolf is a much loved and hated creature here in the U.S. Ranchers and sheep herders despise them because they are claimed to each their animals. Wilderness lovers and conservationists love them. For them, they are an icon of wilderness and wildness.

Wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 after having been absent for many decades. Of course, they took to their new homes and started reproducing. They are now to be found in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, and even Utah. It should first be noted that they really helped Yellowstone National Park. By keeping elk and bison herds on the move, they kept these animals healthier. Since the elk were now moving, grassland and forests were restored and healthier, too. It was a great success for the park. Teton National Park is directly south of Yellowstone, and has in like wise benefited from this new predator.

Outside the park, ranchers still loathe them.

Wolves have been the subject of many a fairy tale, literally. They are portrayed as evil and bloodthirsty, when in fact very few attacks on humans have ever taken place. No attacks whatsoever have taken place with healthy animals in a healthy environment.

We were lucky that this one came so close!

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Additional Photos by David Sidwell (dsidwell) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2294 W: 168 N: 1911] (9783)
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