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Interstellar Orchard: The long way around

From the bloggers at Interstellar Orchard.

I’m about 80 percent sure I see a wolf when driving to my morning truck appointment in West Yellowstone. The air is cool, traffic is almost non-existant, and puddles grace the pavement from last night’s rain. Around a curve a light colored shape is trotting along the shoulder towards me on the other side of the road.

At first I’m angry, thinking that someone let their pet off leash and now it’s running amok. But there is no owner hurrying after it. As it draws closer I see she is large and a dirty white color, with proud erect ears and no collar to speak of. She’s also limping noticeably, but the pain she must be feeling isn’t slowing her down.

I say she because I’m nearly positive this is a wolf, and there is only one known white wolf in Yellowstone, the old alpha female of the Canyon Pack. Called “Valley Girl” by some wolf watchers, her and her mate, a collared black wolf #712M, are pretty well known in Yellowstone because they’re not afraid of being seen by people and traditionally have had a large range that extends from Canyon up to Mammoth and down to Old Faithful.

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