A truly lone wolf
I left Jasper early in the morning heading south along the Highway 93, enjoying the empty road given the time of day. I had hopes of finding a bear or two along the forest’s edge during my drive through the park (and did sight a very handsome fellow a little later). I had gone about ten kilometres out of town and then felt compelled to retrace my path, thinking I would drive back to last bridge before town and then head south again. Turning back, I went a couple of kilometres and then saw an animal quite a distance straight ahead.
I pulled off to the shoulder and levelled my long lens quickly. I was happy to have a composition with the wolf in the middle of the road with the surrounding landscape visible. I watched the wolf trot steadily down the middle and shoulders of the highway for several minutes.
She had a route in mind and stayed on it. She paused near an opening to the river, and I had thought she might go down to the water. That wasn’t her path as she carried along the road, passing me on the other side and stopping to give me a stare before moving on. At close range I noticed her tracking collar and it seemed like she had been freshly shaved around the neck so I wonder if she had been fitted with a new collar and was now catching back up with her pack.
Wolves are one of my unicorn animals. That is to say that I don’t see them anywhere near as often as I would like. So it is very special when I do get to spend time with one. Especially one as pretty as this wolf!
Hi Chris, we have seen her on May 31/15. About 40km south of Jasper on 93.I believe she is known as wolf 112. If it is she has been exiled from the Sunwapta pack. CBC has a story by Rachel Maclean on Nov 17/14. We got a few good pictures of her as well, but nothing like yours.
June 5, 2015 at 7:23 pm
What an encounter, Christopher. The close-ups are beautiful and the shot standing in the road is powerful.
May 24, 2015 at 10:44 pm
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May 23, 2015 at 5:31 pm
What a gorgeous creature!
May 22, 2015 at 6:21 pm
The photo of the wolf on the highway is fantastic!!! A wolf the most special animal.
May 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm