The Blacktail Deer Plateau

Blacktail Deer Plateau and the distant
Gallatin Range. July 1997
The Blacktail Deer Plateau with the Gallatin Range in the distance. Yellowstone NP.
© Ralph Maughan

Blacktail Deer Plateau and the distant
Gallatin Range. Late April 1998

© Ralph Maughan
 

The Mammoth to Tower Junction road cuts across the northern end of this rolling plateau, but much of the area is unknown to the public as well as closed (prime grizzly bear country).

The Leopold Pack makes the plateau its home range.  The pack formed in the winter of 1995-6, the when reintroduced wolves R2M and R7F paired. They had three pups in April 1996. Since then the pack has grown large, but its territory is small . . . called "perhaps the smallest in North America" in a recent article in the New York Times. Its small size is attributed to the high density of prey on the plateau. An example (taken at the western edge of the pack's territory) is below.

Elk on the Blacktail Deer Plateau. Yellowstone NP.
© Ralph Maughan. July 1997


 
 
 

Revised Last on Nov. 5, 2002