Yellowstone National Park has always offered spectacular sights, but a recent one captured our attention in an exceptional way.

A grizzly bear was enjoying a week-long picnic after drowning a huge bull elk and pulling it onto the Yellowstone riverbank. Since the area is well visible from its surrounding, it had become a feast for photographers.

However, of all the stunning shots of the bear and elk, a series by Montana traveler and photographer Seth Royal Kroft stands out in particular.

After hearing about the grizzly that took down a large bull elk, he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to see it through his own lenses. With an alarm set for 2 am, he was on the road half an hour later, arriving at the location by 6 am. Seth said it was still dark, so with a hot cup of noodles in hand, he got his trusty Sony camera and started waiting for daybreak. Soon, he could make out the “dark ball” laying across the river about 150 yards away. As the sun began to rise and the mist slowly subsided, Seth began shooting.

But as if this wasn’t enough of a view, nature decided to delight him with another subject. A grey wolf walked out of the woods, probably after picking up on the scent of the large decaying animal, and Seth captured some of the greatest photos of his life.

This was his first close encounter with a wolf. “It was very exciting. I have encountered black bears while camping a number of times over the years, but they are relatively harmless in most situations. I’ve only come across grizzly bears a few times and only in Yellowstone park. All that to say I will still generally carry bear spray on my person when hiking in potential bear country.”

The grey wolf appeared on scene 20 minutes before official sunrise so it was still a little dark and Seth had to cut through the low-lying river fog to see him. All in all, the wolf would leave and then come back a few times over the course of the next few hours.

Seth said the grizzly couldn’t have cared less about the intruder. “As large as it was, the grizzly knew a single wolf wasn’t any kind of threat. The wolf seemed to have a mischievous, playful demeanor. As if it was a game. It would slowly get as close as it could to the elk carcass, achieving a distance of mere inches from it before the bear would stir slightly and sent the wolf quickly retreating.”

The photographer counted four occasions the wolf tried to approach the bear but after virtually no results, it disappeared back into the woods.


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  1. Totally amazing footage and photos. Nature is so fascinating.

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