Drama on the North Fork

I never thought I’d become attached to a moose cow and her calf, but as we all know, our feelings are out of our control.  The story of these two started when a moose cow ventured to a secluded area to give birth. Her little calf was born on May 21 on an island in the middle of the Shoshone River, just twelve miles outside of Yellowstone’s East Entrance.  That’s not too unusual,  since moose often give birth on islands to keep their helpless calves safe for the first few days of their lives. Unfortunately this year’s extremely warm weather caused the mountain snows to melt rapidly, flooding parts of the Shoshone.  Read more...

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The Sad Story of a Wild Grizzly-Yellowstone’s Dunraven Sow

“Female Grizzly with four cubs observed near Dunraven Pass”.  It was the summer of 2007 and that was the first I’d ever heard of the bear who came to be known as the Dunraven sow.   News of this amazing grizzly family was posted on the internet and even featured on the local news.  Since bears with four cubs are a rarity in Yellowstone, photographers and wildlife watchers flocked to the park to get a look at this grizzly and her cubs.  At the time, bear researchers were unsure whether the Dunraven sow had given birth to all four cubs or had adopted some.  Read more...

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