BearHead Photography Wolf, Fox, and Coyote Pictures
BearHead Photography has many images to showcase his expansive portfolio on mammals of North America, and here are his wolf, fox, and coyote pictures.
Call of the Wild
Wolves howl to get the attention of other wolves in the area. This wolf had gotten separated from its pack members and was trying to locate where they were. At first she was calm and relaxed, but then she really started to howl. As she stood on the rock howling, it was a cold enough morning that her breath was visible as she howled. Edition of 40.
After wolves have made a kill they will eat some and then go take a nap. After they move off other animals and birds move in to start eating. This wolf did not like all the ravens gathering on its food, so it ran back to the kill and jumped at the ravens to scare them off. Edition of 40.
A Powerful Look
Wolves are a very pretty and powerful animal. When they stop and stare at something, they mean business. They are a very social creature, but do not like wolves that they do not recognize. This wolf was scanning an area before heading that direction to make sure the coast was clear. Edition of 40.
In the winter in Yellowstone it is rarely warm. Most of the time the temperature is in the teens or colder. This black wolf had been running around much of the morning searching for something. As it stopped on the hillside to take a breather, the sun warmed the wolf as the temperature was -5 degrees. Edition of 40.
I love finding red fox in the winter with their big fluffy orange coats. I watched this fox move across the landscape hunting and looking for food. The landscape was bright and dark off and on depending on if the sun was behind the clouds or not. I didn't think the fox would go to the ridge and stop before cresting, but he did and the beautiful contrasts of light snow and dark clouds made for a beautiful winter scene. Edition of 40.
A Wise Look
When able to see a wolf up close, it is often very easy to tell if it is a young or old wolf. A wolf's averages life span in Yellowstone is 4 years. This wolf is a known wolf and has been around much longer than 4 years. Edition of 40.
Wolves like to communicate with other wolves in their pack often. They socialize all the time when they are near each other and often play. One way to greet each other is by licking the other on the face. Edition of 40.
After hunting down the hill for small animals with no success, it was time for this fox to switch hunting areas. As it came up the hill to see where it wanted to hunt next, it popped up right in front of me. As it looked around I could see every snow flake on its face. Edition of 40.
Finding wolves in the woods is very difficult. They blend in very well, and if they don't move are nearly impossible to find. I was fortunate to find this large wolf in the trees as he looked for his pack mates. Edition of 40.
In the winter, the Grand Tetons can get feet of snow in a matter of days. Red fox are so small and light that they can walk on top of the snow without any problem. This fox was taking a break from hunting and sat on top of a snow bank in front of the mountains. Edition of 40.
Wolves are mostly a meat eating animal. On occasion they will eat other food just to get by. This wolf was picking and eating berries, which was a new type of behavior to me. Edition of 40.
Fox always look better in the winter with their heavier coat on. After a recent snow, everything was looking beautiful and fluffy. Edition of 40.
This wolf was fleeing for its life. Its pack had just been attacked by another wolf pack and it had run for its life, hardly turning around to see if its mates were going to make it. When it came to this gap between rocks, instead of taking more time and going around, it decided to leap in-between them to save time. Edition of 40.
Arctic fox are very active in the early morning, when their camouflage is at its best. They move around looking and listening for movement under the snow. I caught this fox as it was running to a spot where it heard something. Edition of 40.
Red foxes in the winter grow a very thick winter coat to keep them warm. When they lay down to take a nap, they curl up in a ball to keep their body heat concentrated. This beautiful fox was very comfortable, but looked up to check out a noise that disturbed his sleep. Edition of 40.
As night started to come, this wolf pack started to move. They looked like they were heading somewhere completely different for the next day as they headed up and over this ridge eventually. Having them all lined up was neat to see on the ridge. Edition of 40.
One of the hardest wolves to find is a white wolf in the snow. Unless they are close to you, they are extremely hard to spot. I had been tracking this wolf, and when it came over the hill and ran downhill I was ready. Edition of 40.
This wolf is a known wold who has lived in Yellowstone for many years. He's had a rough life and been in a few different packs. Earlier in his life he was black, but after many hard years he has turned into a white wolf. Edition of 40.
The teeth of a wolf are very important. If they have bad teeth it is much harder for them to take down prey and to eat. This younger wolf will not have to worry about that as her mouth and teeth are in great condition. Edition of 40.
Communication between wolves happens a couple of ways, but a long distance communication happens by howling. During the mating season for wolves there is much more howling than normal as wolves move around in search of a mate. Howling lets other wolves in the area know that another wolf is around. Edition of 40.
While traveling through the sagebrush this younger wolf got distracted. Its wolf mates had mostly gone on ahead, and it being younger made this wolf a little more nervous being behind. It stopped to double check on something in the distance before catching up with the rest of the pack. Edition of 40.
Winter is a wolf's favorite time of the year. They have a heavy coat for warmth, and can run on top of the snow while most of their prey sink in. This wolf paused and watched the snow begin to fall. Edition of 40.
In the spring, fox are busy hunting and trying to provide for their brand new kits. During a spring snow storm, this fox had its eye on a vole and jumped for it! Edition of 40.
Arctic fox are a very hard animal to find in the snow. Even though I knew this fox was nearby, it wasn't until it was on the brown rock that I could really see it. Edition of 40.
Wolves are very active in the morning hunting and searching for a meal. This young elk had gotten separated from the herd as they ran from the wolves. When the wolf returned it was still there and using the ridge as a source of protection. Edition of 40.
Finding wolves in the wild is always an exhilarating experience! I was slowly driving down a frozen road when I spotted this wolf hiding behind a tree. He did not want to be seen, and I was very fortunate to have spotted him. When he did step out, he was a beautiful black,grey wolf and the alpha male of his pack. Once he moved on, the rest of his pack followed. Edition of 40.
Red fox are designed to be light enough to walk on top of the snow. They can move much easier on snow than coyotes and wolves, because they stay on top of the snow pack and don't sink in. As day turned to night, this fox was leaving the open meadow hunting grounds and heading back to the forest to sleep for the night. Edition of 40.
Young wolves are always fun to watch. They are unpredictable and can change moods and directions at any time. This wolf was contemplating following the path of a pack mate, but wasn't sure if it should make its own trail or not. Edition of 40.
When this wolf decided to stand on the rock I got excited. There was no other rocks around in the meadow, and the wolf went and stood right on top of it. Not long after standing there it started to howl. I was very excited about this photographic opportunity. Edition of 40.
Only a few wolves in the park have names giving to them. This wolf has been known about since a pup and has been mostly visible for much of his life. He is a very pretty and big black wolf, so the name was given to him Big Blaze. Edition of 40.
One of the only areas in Denali to get a decent wolf photo is in the river beds. This old wolf was very camouflaged, and I was super excited to have spotted it way down the river drainage. As it came closer, I could really see the beauty of this old wolf. Edition of 40.
Wolves do not like to cross rivers for fun, especially in the winter. The reason this wolf decided to wade up to its chest in the early morning was a carcass. Most of the pack had already left, but this wolf wanted to eat more and risked the swim. Edition of 40.
When not sleeping, wolves are on the move. They can cover miles in one movement. It can appear as if they never get tired. This black wolf stuck out badly against the brown grass as it moved through the field. Edition of 40.
Watching red foxes never gets tiring, because you never know what they will do. When this fox turned back and looked at me, it looked as if it could never hurt anything. Edition of 40.
As night quickly approaches, watching wolves becomes difficult. If this white wolf had not been right on top of the ridge, it would have been impossible to see. Night is when wolves are the most active. Edition of 40.
It is not all that uncommon for different species of fox to mate with each other. This colorful fox was part silver and red fox. It gave this fox more of a distinction between the other fox around. Edition of 40.
Along the shoreline, their are lots of large boulders. Many little animals like to hide in their for protection. Foxes were always along these rocks and jumping between them to find food. Edition of 40.
While watching one fox move across some rocks, all of a sudden another appeared a little distance away. The one fox began to slowly creep up and surprise the other fox. Once it was close enough, it lept at the intruding fox and began to fight over the territory. Edition of 40.
Coyotes are always on the move searching for food and scraps. Checking along a river is great place to find food that has washed down stream. This was a very snowy day, and only a few yards from where this coyote was heading was an old elk carcass. Edition of 40.
At the Top
The height a fox jump varies for different reasons. If their prey is on the move they do not want to jump to high and let it escape. If the snow is really thick then they have to jump as high as they can to make it through the snow. This was the highest I had seen a fox jump and in the air he was picking out his landing point. Edition of 40.
Wolves are fun animals to watch. It appears as if most of the time they are having a good time and enjoying each others company. This wolf continued to turn its head sideways as if it couldn't figure something out. Edition of 40.
On a bright afternoon, this wolf was walking along a frozen river. As it was walking it kept disappearing behind hills and would go out of view. Finally, I found it again and the out of focus close hill makes the wolf appear as if it doesn't have legs. Edition of 40.
Watching His Step
Bears and wolves do not get along. They are both predators, and have no intentions of sharing food. This poor wolf was very hungry and risking his life being so close to the bears in the hopes that he could catch a fish. Edition of 40.
Chasing prey requires teamwork for wolves. The most efficient number of wolves hunting together is 3-4. It is not easy work for wolves to take down a large bull elk, so they have to work together. This elk was headed for the river where it knew it would be safe, and made it. Edition of 40.
In the Night
Wolves have a very bad misperception about them being vicious animals who like to attack humans. That is far from the truth, as they run away from humans as often as possible. This pack of wolves did look scary in the morning fog, but they were just bunched together waiting for the fog to pass through. Edition of 40.
This wolf had lived in Yellowstone for many years, and at one point was a grey wolf. Over the year, though, she turned almost completely white, which helped her blend in during the winter. It's amazing to think that this wolf once had a different color coat. Edition of 40.
Black and White
These two wolves were the alpha pair of the pack. It a heavy snow storm, they were moving along a ridge looking for a place to rest. The snow really made the entire area white, and allowed these two wolves to really stick out on the ridge. Edition of 40.
Wolves travel in packs, but are often times a large distance from each other. It had bee snowing hard all morning, and the pack was traveling close to each other to keep up with one another. They paused on the ridge once the snow cleared a little to look over the valley. Edition of 40.
A wolf stops momentarily to check on what was making a splashing noise. As it stops, the sun lights up the back side of the wolf. It stayed still longer than I thought it would, and then continued on its way in search of food. Edition of 40.
During an early morning snow fall, this wolf howled and howled. At times it was difficult to even see the wolf, the snow was coming down so hard. It was almost as if the wolf was howling for the snow to continue. Edition of 40.
Searching the Snow
It can be a daunting task when you think about the amount of area a fox uses to hunt in. Not only is it a large area, but their prey is underneath the snow, which means they have to walk lightly to hear any tiny movement. It is not an easy job listening for movement underneath the snow. Edition of 40.
There are different pitches in wolf howls and even a faster pace howl. The howl of this wolf was a consistent call of help. All it wanted was for its pack to respond, and they never did, so he howled and howled for over two hours. Edition of 40.
As the rest of the pack was following her, this alpha female wolf stopped for a few seconds to check out the area where they were headed. It is the responsibility of the alpha wolves to keep the pack safe, and where better to do that from that a rock pile on top of a ridge. Edition of 40.
In My Dust
Young wolves are full of energy most of the time. They particularly like to play and fight with their siblings. These 2 older pups were on a full out sprint chasing each other with one staying just in front of the other. Edition of 40.
White wolves are such a pretty animal. Anytime I have been fortunate enough to see one, I have been amazed at how powerful they seem. With this wolf standing on the ridge, it looked as if it was watching over the park. Edition of 40.
On the Hunt
Fox are very sly and smart. In the snow it is easier for them to find prey because they can sense their movements under the snow. This fox was locked in and searching for food. Edition of 40.
An arctic fox really is difficult to see in the winter in its white coat. If it's not moving around, it's almost impossible to see. Only its bright yellow eyes give its position away in the snow, if you know what you are looking for. Edition of 40.
Elk are the main prey for wolves in Yellowstone. They can be difficult for one wolf to take down on their own, but possible. This wolf chased the elk for a long time before another wolf joined in to help. Edition of 40.
Do They See Me
When this wolf poked her head above the ridge, she saw that a group of bison were laying down. She snuck around and then surprised them. A lone wolf couldn't take down a healthy bison by themself, but if there was a hurt one maybe. Editoin of 40.
This wolf was fairly skinny and trying hard to find food. He would often go to the river and chase after salmon, but I never saw him catch one. Edition of 40.
When there is a food source, most animals fight for what is theirs. The leaping coyote had gotten to the food first and did not want to share. It finally got annoyed and took off after the other coyote to let it know it wasn't welcome around the food. Edition of 40.
I had been watching this fox for a long time waiting for it to do something. I was about to fall asleep myself waiting. It didn't do much, but watching it yawn and show all of its teeth excited me. Edition of 40.
A dry winter is not favorable to wolves. They like large amounts of snow because they can run on top of the snow, and their prey will slow down in the snow. This wolf pack was enjoying all the snow that was falling on their territory. Edition of 40.
After a fox leaves the ground to jump for a prey animal, it can only hope it does not move once it is in the air. The fox will jump as high as it thinks is needed to get to the animal. The little animal will move most of the time, but the fox is successful on occasion. Edition of 40.