Yellowstone wolf biologist captures grizzly up close in photo

Yellowstone Wolf biologist Doug Smith captured a photo of a large grizzly bear standing guard over a bull bison he claimed after it was killed in a duel with another bull.

The photo doesn’t show the pack of wolves that Smith was monitoring from the small plane while flying over Hayden Valley. I flew over the park with wildlife aviator Dave Stradley years ago and soared over a grizzly in the same area. But he was on a dead run. National Park Service photo
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"Wildlife aviator"

Teacher- Johnny what do you want to be when you grow up?
Johnny- A wildlife aviator.
Teacher- WTF is that?

So a Southwest Airline pilot is a "people aviator"?

And the guys filing FedEx planes are "package aviators".

And naturally, the Border Patrol pilot is an "illegals aviator".

The specialist in the pilot in the Artic survey polar bears- she is a "polar bear aviator".

And the smell of his trousers will remain fresh in his mind...


You fry wants with that?


I observed a few bears in a contest over a bison carcass in Hayden Valley just a few days after your posted this. I don't know if it was the same carcass, but I'll bet it was the same bears. If I'm not wrong, the one in the picture is one of the younger bears. The big one was a little more blond.

I missed seeing the bears and wolves contesting the carcass by a few hours, too bad.

Truth is hard to come by

At least no bears mistook him for a Pez dispenser.


You fry wants with that?