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article imageOp-Ed: Stealth cam captures lone wolf returning to carcass Special

Coram - After being visited four nights in a row by a lone wolf, a stealth cam located by his kill, finally captured the wolf's movements.
For the past several nights, we have been tracking a wolf who killed a juvenile elk in our pasture some days ago. One night, the wolf and I even met face-to-face in a surprising, yet remarkably tranquil encounter.
Shortly after this chance meeting, we placed a stealth camera by the carcass hoping to catch the wolf returning to the kill. The next morning we were sickened to discover it was placed too high, particularly as it was obvious the wolf had returned. His tracks were clear and the now almost clean carcass had been dragged 40 yards away.
With little remaining of the virtually stripped juvenile elk, we felt sure that the wolf would move on. Still, we set the camera on the remainder of the carcass and hoped for the best. Although the clock is drastically off, this is what we captured.
The wolf enters cautiously.
The wolf enters cautiously.
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Acting as if he senses the camera  he snatches an elk bone and beats a hasty retreat.
Acting as if he senses the camera, he snatches an elk bone and beats a hasty retreat.
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The wolf stares directly at the stealth cam when he returns a while later.
The wolf stares directly at the stealth cam when he returns a while later.
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He snatches another bone and hauls ass again.
He snatches another bone and hauls ass again.
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Back again  the wolf appears to realize after snatching and making off with two bones  nothing is th...
Back again, the wolf appears to realize after snatching and making off with two bones, nothing is there to harm him. He settles in for awhile.
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He returns once more and this time stays awhile.
He returns once more and this time stays awhile.
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A Montana wolf biologist told us he believes this wolf to be part of the Apgar Pack in Glacier Natio...
A Montana wolf biologist told us he believes this wolf to be part of the Apgar Pack in Glacier National Park.
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In this final shot of the wolf  he s picked the carcass clean.
In this final shot of the wolf, he's picked the carcass clean.
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This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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