Rose Creek Pack digs a den

5/2/96.

The largest of the Yellowstone wolf packs, the "Rose
Creek Pack," which has nine members, has reportedly
dug a den in the northern part of Yellowstone National
Park.

There are no reports of pups yet. The alpha female,
wolf R9F, gave birth to 8 pups last year shortly after
her mate was illegally shot. She and the pups spent
the summer in the Rose Creek enclosure and were released
last October. Shortly thereafter a second year male from
the nearby Crystal Bench pack joined her to become the
new alpha male. During early winter, one of the pups was
run over by a delivery truck.

Although they have grown large, none of the pups from
1995 are sexually mature. If there are new pups, they
will be born by R9. Pups are born in late April or
Early May. Biologists hope for pups from some of the
other female wolves in the area. The wolf that was
recently scalded-to-death in a Park hot spring was
pregnant with six pups.

Recent reports on the rest of the wolves are absent,
including the attempt to recapture the group of new wolves
that was released early in April from the Nez Perce enclo-
sure only to have them leave the Park and scatter to the
north. The Greater Yellowstone area has had high winds for
over a week now. There have also been mechanical problems.

Flying over the highest mountains in Montana -- the Bear-
tooth Range north of the Park -- is especially hazardous
during high winds.

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Note: for continuity, readers might want to review my updates
of 2/3 and 2/23/96.




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