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on Jul 31, 2009 in Wildlife Photography

Platform Rumor comes to life Day4

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Rumored wildlife sightings go along with the “you should have been here yesterday” in my book. We were told of a Gray Wolf working the river stealing salmon from fly fisherman. While I don’t get all spooled up about such rumors, I do keep them in mind. When in griz country, I tend to do a 360 degree visual inspection around me every couple of minutes. It was on one of those inspections I saw the wolf.

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You should have seen the heads fly up from the viewfinders when I called out wolf! It was on the far bank and skulking about in the trees and shrubs at first. I hesitated before calling out wold because without a real clear view, the thought crossed my mind it was a Coyote but once I saw the muzzle, I made the call and it was made famous. After not too long, he came down to the river and went to work finding scraps and plying his trade.

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Yeah, he went to work trying to steal salmon from a griz! Ballzy if you ask me. He never scored directly off a bear, but he found plenty of tidbits to make his journey worth while. Though he was around for only a little while, it was darn fun to watch the show.

Photos captured by D3x, 600VR w/TC-17e (top 2), D3, 70-300VR on Lexar UDMA digital film