On the Lower River Cam in Alaska’s Katmai National Park, a lone figure steps onto the banks of the Brooks River – Canis lupus, the grey wolf, a spectral and ghostly figure in the dim evening light.
The wolf steps into the shallow waters and upon returning to the shore, vigorously shakes the water off its fur. Anyone familiar with the behaviors of domesticated dogs will instantly recognize the actions of this wild relative. After laying down on its belly to relax, the wolf retreats into the tall grass.
And while this wolf appears solitary, more may be close by. Wolves are highly social creatures, each pack averaging about 9 wolves, but they can number in the dozens.
Famous for its Brown Bears, Katmai is host to many animals, including 42 species of mammals from moose to otters to porcupines. Still, an intimate peek at an elusive wolf is something to share and celebrate. Descriptions do no justice, you must watch the video highlight to experience this magnificent creature: