This latest information again comes courtesy of Kim Kaiser who has been in contact with Leo Keeler who has been in the area. This is the email he got today. Thank you, Kim!
This will be about it for the year, because they will be closing the roads, so I hope they make it.
This morning I found the Hayden pack near the road junction at Canyon. After seeing the old Beta, now alpha female and the 5 pups, I noticed the Molly pack coming out of the draw to the east at full speed. The wolves of the Molly pack are significantly bigger than the Haydens, but the Haydens are much faster and they outran the Mollies.
The Molly pack remained in the area for about 20 minutes, checking for the scent markings of the Hayden’s. With the Molly wolves so focused on finding and catching the Hayden’s, the common belief is the only way the remaining Hayden’s can survive is to leave the area. When they leave, it will complete the takeover of their territory by the Molly pack.
I am saddened by the loss of viewing/photographing opportunities provided by the Haydens (likely the best in Yellowstone) and the take over of their territory by the Molly pack (the least seen group of wolves in Yellowstone). But as we all know, photographing opportunities change and in this case we can all be glad it is a natural change.
Unless something significant happens in the next two days, this will be my last post on the changing of territories by these wolves.
Note: Keeler has a photo of the Mollies on the chase. However, to see it you have to register with NatureScapes.net