A truly lone wolf

Highway 93 Wolf - © Christopher Martin-9050

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.

Highway 93 Wolf - © Christopher Martin-8963
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.

Highway 93 Wolf - © Christopher Martin-8978
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.

Highway 93 Wolf - © Christopher Martin-9010
Highway 93 Wolf - © Christopher Martin-9007
Highway 93 Wolf - © Christopher Martin-9038

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!

Highway 93 Wolf - © Christopher Martin-9054

6 responses

  1. Kevin Corcoran

    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

  2. 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

  3. WOW COOL!!!

    May 24, 2015 at 3:38 am

  4. Special indeed.

    May 23, 2015 at 5:31 pm

  5. What a gorgeous creature!

    May 22, 2015 at 6:21 pm

  6. The photo of the wolf on the highway is fantastic!!! A wolf the most special animal.

    May 22, 2015 at 5:00 pm

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