Photo Essay: Wolf Breeding Season
One of the most interesting and exciting periods in Wolves' lives: the breeding season.
Individuals are taking their chances to find a mate somewhere, and they might successfully form a new family. And existing alpha pairs are fulfilling their duties to keep the family growing with new generations.
I was very lucky to witness both throughout the whole month of February.
Dispersed females and males howling, breaking the silence many times, by calling out to another animal. Families try to call back the dispersed individuals. But the hormones are very strong, and you see more loners and groups searching.
It is fascinating to listen to the “Call of the Wild” in person every single day. Sometimes you hear answers, yet other times the howling sounds desperate and makes you sad when there is no answer.
This Call used to be heard all over on this continent. Now, we have to be the Voice for them, so we can Re-Brand the species in people's mindsets, and we can hear them in more Wilderness, where they belong.
Krisztina Gayler has been wolf watching in Yellowstone since 2013. She has also been: Colorado Representative at National Wolfwatcher Coalition since 2016; Coalition Member at Rocky Mountain Wolf Project 2017; Crew member at The 06 Legacy Nonprofit Wolf Advocate group 2018; Contractor at MoRak Farm & Ranch LLC 2016; Former Director 10 years at ReMounts Equine and Land LLC – Training horses, range rider, cattle work; Former Volunteer at Campaign for Yellowstone Wolves. (Photo: Krisztina at Yellowstone, September 2020. (c) Heidi Pinkerton)