Winter Wolf & Cougar Tracking
Yellowstone Wild LLC is offering the unique opportunity to actually track wild cougars and wolves in the winter wonderland of Yellowstone National Park. This type of opportunity has never been offered before, and we are proud to offer a single and multi-day intensive carnivore tracking program in the heart of Yellowstone's famed Northern Range with expert tracker and cougar/wolf biologist Emil McCain, M.S. The excitement of following these tracks and the discoveries that lie ahead of us on the trail is intoxicating.
The cougar, or American mountain lion, is one of the most beautiful and yet difficult animals to see in the wild, even though they are not particularly rare in the American West. They are simply illusive. Their beauty, their power and their ghost-like stealth have granted them legendary status through mythical fascination throughout time and across cultures. For many, this stunning cat represents the powerful, raw, unknown beauty of the Wild.
Snow tracking, using traditional techniques, gives us the ability to see into the world of these mystical creatures, literally walking in their footsteps over uncharted paths. Join us on a snow tracking adventure as we step into the rugged territory of Yellowstone's top carnivores. We will traverse difficult terrain in search of tracks and sign as we read their dramatic life stories, written as tracks in the snow. On these adventures, we discover where these animals have recently been and see the events that shape their lives here in the wilds of Yellowstone. We will learn about how they travel across the vast expanses and how they communicate with each other over long distances. We will investigate their predation habits and retrace the sequence of events that unfolded during the hunt as we examine the factors that led to the prey animal's demise.
If the tracks and sign ever indicate that the animals we are tracking are close, we will quietly back away so as not to disturb them and their natural behaviors. Their lives out in the wilds of winter are not easy, and the last thing we want to do is disturb them in any way. Depending on the situation, we may try to observe the animals from a safe distance where our presence will not disturb them.
Five Day Winter Wolves and Wildlife Package
Come explore the unparalleled beauty of Yellowstone National Park with experienced Yellowstone naturalist/biologist guides, Emil McCain and Evan Stout during one of the most beautiful and dramatic times of the year, when the pristine wildness and solitude are unmatched. This adventure will focus on the famed Lamar Valley, and Yellowstone’s wildlife-rich Northern Range, highly revered as the very best place on Earth to see wild wolves. With possibilities to spend time with as many as five different wolf packs, your tour will also be quite educational, as we will explore complex wolf social behaviors, ecological impacts on the Yellowstone ecosystem, and specialized wolf hunting strategies that make the wolf the icon of true Wilderness.
During our time on the Northern Range, we will also likely encounter moose, bison, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, coyotes, foxes, eagles, otters and more. Our new snow-tracking excursions are also an option to literally step off the beaten path and into the footsteps of Yellowstone’s wolves, cougars or other wildlife to actually walk where the animals walk and learn traditional tracking techniques.
The deep snows of winter have pushed Yellowstone’s iconic wildlife down in an elevational migration into the wintering grounds of the Lamar Valley and lower Yellowstone Canyons. Thousands of elk and bison, along with moose, big horn sheep, white-tailed and mule deer and pronghorn have filtered out of the higher mountains of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and have concentrated in the lower valleys and grasslands where winter is less extreme. Winter can be tough on these grazing animals, and partially because of that, this is when and where Yellowstone’s wolves and other carnivores thrive.
This exceptional all-inclusive tour package is specially designed to experience the wild magic of Yellowstone National Park, while treating yourself to the luxuries of the brand-new Wonderland Cafe and Lodge. Located just one block from Yellowstone Park, in the town of Gardiner, Wonderland is the area’s first and only boutique eco-lodge where you can find rustic elements with all of the modern amenities to make your vacation the best it can be. Breakfasts and lunches will be catered by the Wonderland kitchen and enjoyed picnic-style at one of our favorite locations in the park. Dinners will be shared with local artists, researchers and/or storytellers in front of the Wonderland fireplace.