Jan/Feb 2011 EBJ (Issue 63) - Taking in the magnificent Wyoming sunset, I was a little puzzled and worried about the lack of bull elk I was seeing from my favorite spotting knob. In years past I was able to sit on this knob and glass dozens of bulls, but not tonight.
Just before dark I caught movement by a pond in the bottom of the valley. At first glimpse, I thought it was a black bear; however, as my Swarovski binoculars came into focus, I counted seven wolves getting a drink from the pond. It is becoming a common theme across the West. The wolves move in, while the elk vacate their favorite valleys.