I’m Bigger Than You Are

A Most Interesting Game

It was a wet, wet week in Yellowstone.  Probably a good thing, and it didn’t keep us off the trails.  Torrential downpours, late spring snow melt, and new snow combined to turn the trails into lakes of standing water.  No boots could withstand the onslaught, and luckily I brought a second pair.  We saw grizzlies from the road but no bear or wolves in the backcountry.  They were out and about, however, just not showing their faces to us.  We know this because of the amount of scat we saw: prolific and healthy.  In fact, the Park canines seemed to be playing an interesting game, the rules and purpose of which are unclear to humans.  Fox, coyote, and wolf droppings lined the paths, usually together.  I believe the winner of the game could say:  “I was here last”, and/or “I’m bigger”.  Here are some examples, but don’t continue if this would bother you.

still pungent wolf

wolf + coyote

The Most Dangerous Game

Buffalo don’t have to play this game.  Everybody knows they’re the biggest.

buffalo-wolf-coyote with perhaps some fox for flavor

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14 Responses to I’m Bigger Than You Are

  1. Monica says:

    I think that’s right!

  2. Monica says:

    und dir eine gute Woche, Gislinde

  3. giselzitrone says:

    Wünsche ein schönes sonniges Wochenend liebe Grüsse Gislinde

  4. bluebee says:

    How funny – a most interesting game, indeed. A sort of a “take that!” 😀

  5. Monica says:

    Definitely assembled naturally, Bluebee! It does look kind of artistic, though. I don’t have the imagination – or the fortitude – to create that myself.

  6. Monica says:

    That’s about all we saw in the backcountry in the pouring rain, Ian, so I did what I could.

  7. bluebee says:

    Is the last photo of a natural assembly, or your poo-art installation? 😀

  8. Enjoyed that short tour around Yellowstone Monica
    You can certainly tell a lot about animals and their habits from the droppings

  9. Monica says:

    That just about says it all, Laz!

  10. lazfreedman says:

    The shittiest pictures ever, but i love them, Ha!
    Thank you for sharing dear Monica,
    Peace, x

  11. Monica says:

    I agree. I’ve just never seen such enthusiasm before.

  12. sandy says:

    It has to be some form of marking. The coyotes around here seem to feel the need to leave droppings in the trail I made from my yard to the woods all the time.

  13. Monica says:

    Oh Kenny, I am very sorry about the curry. I did give fair warning.

  14. Kenny says:

    I am reading this on my phone, while eating a lamb curry. The buffalo droppings look familiar !!! 🙂

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