Up until now, I have only posted photos of the Toklat Pack in Denali National Park. Beginning in 2002 I started seeing this female fairly regularly much further west in the Park in an area that is typically known as the range for the Grant Creek Pack. Unfortunately she wore an ugly research collar which made many of my photos of her less desirable. I was able to hide the collar in this photo by getting low enough for the vegetation to block it. To make matters worse, her collar didn’t even work.
A biologist I talked wasn’t sure if she had a den at this point in time – whenever I saw her she was always alone – but a familiar face was about to change that – more on that tomorrow. The one thing I will say about this female, she was a hunting machine.