Though this was taken years ago on older equipment, it remains one of my favorite photos and wildlife encounters.

This is the alpha male of the Slough Creek wolf pack in Yellowstone. While 200+ people were busy watching a black wolf way out in the Lamar Valley, I wandered down the road a ways and encountered the pack's alpha male, staring out into the valley on the hill above me. It wasn't until he started trotting down toward the road that the rest of the crowd realized he was there.

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