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Elkcrazedfrk
04-07-2011, 07:02 PM
This is probably the 9th or 10th wolf track I've seen in the past two years along the eastern face of the Bighorns. This one was really fresh. I'm guessing I probably spooked him. Good sized track too. Cut several more the same day. Guessing it was the same wolf. older tracks. G&F says tracks are probably dog (lol) and if they are wolf its because on rare occasion ONE may pass through. What a joke. There wasn't any dog this size where I cut these tracks.
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee5/elkcrazedfrk/April2011022.jpg

Elkoholic307
04-07-2011, 08:07 PM
What a bunch of bull. I figured everyone knew they are in the Bighorns, but I even read in EHJ that there aren't any up there.

wileywapiti
04-07-2011, 08:23 PM
very well could be a wolf track, but i beg to differ on it being "really fresh". i can see where the track has melted out in numerous places, and i know that it is melted because the edges are rounded....a fresh track will not have uniformed and rounded holes around rocks and grass. same thing happens around large boulders when the snow melts around them, it is even and smooth, just like in your pic.

but either way....it looks like a big dog (wolf included) track, but nothing to reference it to. would not surprise me any if they are there, actually they should be there by now. I hunt in the Winds and we have a lot of dogs there, boy are they big and their tracks are gigantic, thats for sure! Nice pic., next time place somethin in the pic so we can all get a good idea of how big it is. good job with the pic, keep em comin if you have more.

SDbowhunter
04-07-2011, 08:42 PM
supposed to be 5 or 6 here in the Black hills of SD.........somebody please stop them before they procreate ;-) just sayin

Elkcrazedfrk
04-08-2011, 12:25 AM
Here is a reference. My hand is 3 3/4 inches wide accross the knuckles,middle finger is 4 inches long. I guessed the track to be fresh. Pic was taken at app. 10 am. It was snowing at 6 am sun came out app. 8am. So it could of been 4 hrs old..??
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee5/elkcrazedfrk/April2011023.jpg

westernwannabe
04-22-2011, 10:47 AM
I personally saw a wolf in the bighorns in 2008. Big black and ugly! Have pics of tracks will post later. They are much bigger tracks than the ones in this post. I'm sure that there are several wolfs in the big horns since that's been 2 1/2 years ago.

robsev
04-22-2011, 11:57 AM
Just a couple of days ago a black one was spotted and photographed just 6 miles south of Gillette.

westernwannabe
05-05-2011, 09:02 PM
I personally saw a wolf in the bighorns in 2008. Big black and ugly! Have pics of tracks will post later. They are much bigger tracks than the ones in this post. I'm sure that there are several wolfs in the big horns since that's been 2 1/2 years ago.

Now this is a fresh track I watched the wolf make it! The fellows who's hand is in the pic is about 6'2" and 230. If that gives you and idea how big this track is.

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wolftalonID
05-06-2011, 08:59 AM
Were you watching in an X marks the spot sorta way?

westernwannabe
05-06-2011, 11:06 AM
Oh no how could you do that to Satan's hound from hell!

wolftalonID
05-06-2011, 01:53 PM
hehe....I want to make me a wolf hide Tepe!!

elktracker
05-11-2011, 07:43 PM
Here is a reference. My hand is 3 3/4 inches wide accross the knuckles,middle finger is 4 inches long. I guessed the track to be fresh. Pic was taken at app. 10 am. It was snowing at 6 am sun came out app. 8am. So it could of been 4 hrs old..??
http://i230.photobucket.com/albums/ee5/elkcrazedfrk/April2011023.jpg

Not saying that isn't a wolf track, definitely could be, it is pretty small though. That is about the size of track my dog makes and he is only 70 lbs. Here are some pics of wolf tracks I have taken, one in Sunlight Basin and two in the Winds.
The lens cap is 2 3/8" and my hand is 3 3/4" wide.
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o93/roosa68d/189208_1832347217684_1510524347_1904292_2414484_n. jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o93/roosa68d/182035_1803817544460_1510524347_1857766_5485889_n. jpg
http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o93/roosa68d/168939_1758527132228_1510524347_1780461_5739449_n. jpg

Elkcrazedfrk
05-12-2011, 09:19 AM
Yes..After some research i stand corrected. It is a small track, but a wolf none the less. There aren't any dogs this high and its way to big for a coyote.

wolftalonID
05-12-2011, 07:33 PM
Male wolves make larger tracks. Pups, and females dont. Plus snow makes the track look bigger than mud will due to the way tracks lay up in it.