See Incredible Up Close Footage of A Wolf in Yellowstone

Written by Katie Melynn Wood
Updated: October 20, 2023
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Key Points:

  • There are approximately 100 gray wolves living in Yellowstone – mostly in the Northern Range.
  • Gray wolves and bears are the apex predators of Yellowstone.
  • The population of gray wolves living in Yellowstone fluctuates with the number of wolves legally hunted outside of the Park.

See This Amazing Gray Wolf Footage for Yourself!

A Videographer Captured a Slice of Life of the Gray Wolf

There are plenty of amazing animals that call the majestic Yellowstone National Park their home. One videographer got up-close footage of a wolf in its natural habitat.

In this video clip, the white and gray wolf moves around the low brush. Its fur blends right in with the landscape, which is made of mostly grass and small shrubs. This makes Yellowstone one of the best places for gray wolves like this one.

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Yellowstone National Park is home to around 100 gray wolves.

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There are an estimated 100 gray wolves living in Yellowstone. Visitors can spot them all through the park, especially in the Northern Range. While this area makes up a small part of the park, around 10% of the overall square footage, it is rich in wildlife. Some of the carnivores that live in the park include gray wolves and bears. It has been called the “best place for wildlife watching in the lower 48 states.”

The Video Offers Viewers a Glimpse of the Wolf’s Beauty

This wolf jumps over and around small boulders, eventually making it a piece of meat. It drags the carcass a few feet, pulling meat off the rib bones for its lunch. It is unclear what animal it is, although it is quite large. The wolf uses its powerful jaws and sharp teeth to tear the meat away.

Gray wolves are one of the apex predators in this area, along with bears. This means that they are at the top of the food chain. Gray wolves weren’t always plentiful in the park, however. They were reintroduced intentionally in 1995. It is still legal to hunt gray wolves in some surrounding areas, although not in the park itself. This results in fluctuating population numbers, although researchers track their movements as best they can to learn more about these animals.

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Wolves live and hunt in packs. They are known to roam large distances – as much as 20km in a single day.

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Eventually, the wolf decides it has had enough and leaves the rest of the bones, mostly picked clean, for another animal. It walks to the top of the ridge. The video ends with a shot of the wolf, now full and content, sitting in its natural environment letting the slight breeze ruffle its fur.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Nagel Photography/

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About the Author

Katie is a freelance writer and teaching artist specializing in home, lifestyle, and family topics. Her work has appeared in At Ease Magazine, PEOPLE, and The Spruce, among others. When she is not writing, Katie teaches creative writing with the Apex Arts Magnet Program in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. You can follow Katie @katiemelynnwriter.

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