Eerie Footage From Yellowstone Captures Massive Wolf Wandering Through The Night
Hate to have that thing come after you…
Yellowstone National Park might just be the most incredible place in the entire United States.
No matter what time of day you go, what time of year… you’re always bound to see something incredible. Whether it’s bear, elk, wolves, or bison, you’re getting a front row seat to the best that American wildlife has to offer.
Siddharth Gandhi was able to catch an incredible moment on video (in 2017) when a massive grey wolf wandered onto a two lane road in Lamar Valley at Yellowstone National Park. His video racked up over 11M views to date.
This thing is a BEAST… I mean, it looks like a dire wolf straight out of Game of Thrones.
Equally as majestic as it is terrifying.
Check it out up close… nature is a beautiful thing.
Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Joins Wolf Pack On Elk Hunt, Steals The Kill
Work smarter, not harder.
In the wild, it’s first come first serve, survival of the fittest, only the strong survive, and most critters will go to extreme lengths to make sure they get fed.
But… even in the wild, there’s such as thing as freeloaders, and I’m not talking about scavengers.
One particular grizzly bear at Yellowstone National Park came up with a genius idea to follow along a wolf pack in search of its prey. And no, the grizzly was not there to make friends.
According to The Hill, this grizzly was following the Junction Butte wolf pack as they were in the midst of an elk hunt back in October of 2021. The wolves tracked down an elk, and when they captured it, the grizzly made sure it wasn’t gonna leave hungry.
It jumped in and stole the carcass, taking home a nice meal.
This “rare phenomenon” is known as kleptoparasitism, which is where one animal steals the resources of another animal/pack of animals.
The National Park Service (NPS) weighed in on the rare occurrence:
“This bear seems to have figured out that following the wolves in the morning will increase its chances of encountering a high-calorie meal.”
The NPS also said that wolves will typically yield for bears, because it puts their own safety at risk, knowing that they don’t stand much of a chance against the much larger creatures, and they simply wait their turn.
According to the NPS, it’s a rare occurrence because following a wolf pack around takes a lot of energy for the bear, but can be very rewarding, as an elk carcass is high in protein and fat, which is pivotal for hibernation.
“On the morning of October 21, 2021 visitors watching wildlife in Yellowstone’s northern range were amazed when they saw an adult grizzly bear seemingly hunting elk with the Junction Butte wolf pack. Wolves and bears typically compete with one another for prey, so why might this be happening?
Typically, wolves will yield to incoming bears. Since hunting is dangerous and often unsuccessful, it’s better for wolves to wait their turn at a carcass that has been usurped by a bear than it is for them to continue hunting.
From the bear’s perspective, it takes a lot of energy to follow a wolf pack around, but the reward is high if it successfully takes over a carcass. A fresh elk carcass is a wonderful source of fat and protein for a grizzly bear preparing for hibernation.
This bear seems to have figured out that following the wolves in the morning will increase its chances of encountering a high-calorie meal.”
Ever work on a group project where one dumbass doesn’t do any of the work, but still gets a good grade? This is nature’s version of that…
If you thought regular bison were majestic looking, wait until you see this guy.
TikTok user jesus_86 posted a now viral video of a white bison rumbling down a snowy pathway and it’s truly just an incredible sight. The original video has garnered nearly 2.5 million views.
Bison are almost always brown with black skin, but approximately one out of every 10 million are born with this rare condition, which is caused by a few reasons, but most likely is either albino or leucitic.
White bison are sacred signs in many Native American religions, including for the Lakota, who say that long ago in a time of famine the White Buffalo Calf Woman appeared to two male scouts who were looking for food.
One of the men was filled with lust for her and wanted to take her as his wife, but when he approached and gave her a hug, they both were enveloped in a cloud, and when it faded away only the woman was left, the man reduced to a pile of bones.
The other man was scared, but the woman spoke to him, saying no harm would come to him so long as he didn’t have the same motives as the first. She then sent him back to his tribe, where he prepared them for her arrival.
She taught them the 7 Sacred Ceremonies to protect Mother Earth and gave them the čhaŋnúŋpa, a sacred pipe that is still passed down through the generations. The tribe continues to practice the 7 sacred ceremonies to this day.
There is no denying the awe-striking beauty of the white bison.
You would think that the fact three people got gored by a bison in Yellowstone National Park would be enough for every other tourist to head the park’s warnings about not getting too close to the wildlife, and staying a safe distance of 25 yards+ away.
But nah, here I find myself once again watching a video of some other bozo trying to capture that “Kodak moment,” just so they can get a little bit of clout on social media.
And this just might be the worst one yet, considering the tourist doesn’t even give the bison a fair warning that they are walking up towards it.
In the footage, you see a tourist sneaking up behind a bison while it’s just minding its own business, munching on some grass and insects.
However, bison are in the rut this time of year, so they’re way more ornery and standoffish than they are any other part of the year, as the males will do anything to fight off threats so they can find their mate.
Without even looking back, the bison senses the tourists presence, and charges straight back at the person, ready for blood.
Judging from the video, it appears the bison chased the tourist away for a good few seconds before it finally got the job done.
9-Year-Old Girl Launched By Bison At Yellowstone National Park
Good God, people…
It should go without saying, but that’s why you don’t get close to bison.
For like the 10,000th time, they’re not cows and you’re not at a petting zoo… you’re at Yellowstone National Park, home to arguably the United States’ most lethal collection of animals.
Bison, wolves, elk, bears, and plenty more, are all capable of killing you, and believe it or not, it’s bears or wolves that hurt people the most. It’s actually bison that cause the most injuries at Yellowstone.
Why? People like this…
Bigger than you think, faster than you think, and freakishly powerful, bison will think nothing of running you down, plowing you over, or if you’re a 9-year-old Florida girl… launching you to the moon.
Back in 2019, the girl was part of a tourist group of about 50 people near Observation Point Trail, near the iconic Old Faithful Geyser. According to reports from park staff, the group got within 5-10 feet of the bison and were close for approximately 20 minutes before the charge.
When her family was charged, everybody scattered, leaving the 9-year-old high and dry (way to go mom and dad), and the bison locked eyes on the young girl.
Running her down in a matter of seconds, the bison struck her with its big and powerful head, and lifted her high into the air.
Thankfully, the little girl was treated and released from a park medical clinic and seemingly had no real injuries save for some bumps and bruises, but the situation could’ve much, much worse.
Hopefully dad learned a valuable lesson about wildlife… and keeping an eye on his kids.