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.