Yellowstone Park is the very first park in America to be declared a national park.
It’s also believed to be the first national park in the entire world.
President Ulysses S. Grant gave Yellowstone Park, which is located in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, its designation on March 1, 1872.
Prior to the area’s first organized exploration in the late 1860s, the region was originally home to Native American tribes, like the Blackfeet, Cayuse, Shoshone, Perce, and Coeur D’Alene Nez, for at least 11,000 years.
Yellowstone is known for its abundant geothermal features, as well as its plentiful wildlife.
Yellowstone is home to about 300 species of birds, 67 kinds of mammals, 16 species of fish, six types of reptiles, five species of amphibians, seven different native ungulate species, and two types of bears.
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The park is also famous for its Rocky Moutain wolves.
These creatures were listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as endangered species in 1973.
The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) is designated as one of the species’ three recovery areas.
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The highly social animals live in packs that vary depending on the size and abundance of their prey.
The packs at Yellowstone grow to be about 10 members in size and there is a complexity to this kind of social group.
There’s often an alpha male and female, as well as their “subordinates.”
Wolves also have their own unique personality traits and roles within their park.
Packs are also known to be territorial and prevent other packs from invading the area by howling and marking it with their urine.
The wolves are an incredible sight to see, even to the park’s tour guides.
“I was guiding a winter tour in Yellowstone when I spotted wolf tracks all over the road. We caught a glimpse of the wolves traveling in the road, so we moved on down the road then stopped and waited,” one of the park guides said of an encounter on Dec. 27, 2019.
“About ten minutes later, they returned to the road and came around the bend behind my snow coach. Two of the younger wolves passed me and the rest disappeared. Looking to find the rest of the pack again, the wolf in front of me began howling to summon the pack. After a few minutes, the alpha female appeared behind us, leading the rest of the pack. They howled the summons, and the young wolf then passed me again to join the pack.”
The encounter was caught on video which shows the little wolf prancing toward the guide vehicle.
He seems pretty happy and not bother at all by the presence of the car and its inhabitants.
He even acknowledges them with a glance while keeping his stride steady as he passes by.
You hear the yowl and yelps of several wolves in the background.
The camera then shows the rearview mirror where there are at least seven wolves.
Check out this incredible display of wildlife in the video below.
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