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Basin Butte Pack

The Basin Butte wolves crossing a slope in winter.
PHOTO: Basin Butte's Alpha Female, B171, leads her pack across a slope in April 2008. Her mate follows her, with Bobtail behind him, and Little Sis lowest on the hill (4th in line). Marymag, B312, is second from left. Six pups, now nearly a year old, are also in the photo.
 

If the Basin Butte wolves lived in Yellowstone Park, they would be famous and photographed by visitors from all over the world. School children would be coloring pictures of rambunctious Bobtail, who somehow lost most of his tail during his first year, making him the easiest pack member to identify. Bobtail's mischievous and curious sister, Marymag, shows up in the gosh darnedest places, unaware of the stir she is causing, as when she sits on a ridge and watches cars on the highway below.
 

Bobtail, age two, saunters off on his morning rounds.

PHOTO, LEFT: Bobtail, age two, saunters off on his morning rounds.

PHOTO, BELOW: Inquisitive Marymag, B312, on her first birthday.

Inquisitive Marymag, B312, on her first birthday.


Bobtail, and his four siblings, were born in April 2006, and have unknowingly captivated a group of fans, who realize that wolf watching in Idaho, could be as good or even exceed that of Yellowstone. But, under the current Idaho regime, that's hell bent on hunting and killing over half of Idaho's wolves annually, wolf observers must be discreet and secretive.
 

The Stanley Basin is part of the 150-square mile range of the Basin Butte wolves.

PHOTO: The Stanley Basin is part of the 150-square mile range of the Basin Butte wolves.
 

The Basin Butte wolves do live in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA), where the founding legislation says that wildlife protection takes preeminence over domestic livestock, but lately, this is not the case.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE BASIN BUTTE WOLF PACK

Look at Photos and Read Stories
By Lynne K. Stone, BWCC Director

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2007 and 2008 stories are under construction, please check back soon.

All Basin Butte section photos are by Lynne K. Stone, Boulder-White Clouds Council,
unless otherwise noted. No photos may be used without written permission.

 

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