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.
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.
PHOTO, LEFT: Bobtail, age two, saunters off on his morning rounds.
BELOW: 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.
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.
ABOUT THE BASIN BUTTE WOLF PACK
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By Lynne K. Stone, BWCC Director
and 2008 stories are under construction, please check back soon.
All Basin Butte section photos are by Lynne K. Stone, Boulder-White Clouds
unless otherwise noted. No photos may be used without written