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March 6, 2007
Departed Nine Mile Trailhead on March 3 skiing the east shore of Yellowstone
Lake. Observed one otter that had come up through a hole in the ice and
was eating fish. Saw one bison wintering at Park Point and four more at the
Delta. Camped the first night at Terrace Point in tents. Temperatures during
the day started out around minus-15 degrees then warmed to about 25. The
night stayed warm at about 20. Snow depths on shore were around three feet.
On the morning of March 6 we packed up and left Cabin Creek at about
8:30 a.m. following the trail we broke yesterday. At Mountain Creek we
had to wade the south channel while carrying our skis and sleds. It is a small
channel that must have a warm-water feed because there was no snow bridge.
We arrived at the Thorofare cabin at 5:40 p.m. after skiing the 15 miles from
Cabin Creek. Another very warm day and poor snow conditions for skiing, but
a great day to be in the country. Plenty of marten sign. Coyotes, red squirrels
and possibly wolverine tracks just north of Beaver Dam Creek. No wolf tracks,
no moose tracks, no elk tracks.
(Trip total: 46 miles)
March 7, 2007
Settled into the cabin for our stay. Skied to County Line Meadows and
set up one camera (motion sensing) where the meadow bottlenecks at the east
end. Skied down Thorofare Creek and directly south of the cabin we observed
one bison in very deep snow. He would take two or three lunges then rest for
several minutes before doing it again. ... We heard a wolf howl several times
up Thorofare Creek from the cabin.
(Day total: 4 miles; trip total: 50 miles)
The lush meadows of Thorofare
Creek offer breathtaking views
and are frequented by a variety of
Wyoming's wildlife. (WGFD photo)
March 8, 2007
Woke to light snow, breezy and overcast. ... Checked the motion-sensing
camera at County Line Meadows. It did not appear that it had been visited
by any critters the previous night. We then skied to Hawk's Rest and observed
an otter sliding through the snow at Thorofare crossing. We deployed a camera
at the edge of the timber at Yellowstone Meadows west-northwest of Hawk's
Rest. We then skied down the Yellowstone, around Bridger Lake along the
south park boundary to Thorofare Creek. Observed lots of otter sign along the
creek. Found a bull moose that had been dead for about a year on the bank of
the creek. We deployed our third and last camera just south of the (Yellowstone
National Park) boundary along the creek.
(Day total: 6 miles; trip total: 56 miles)
March 9, 2007
We decided to ski up Thorofare Creek and move the camera from County
Line Meadows to the beaver ponds on Thorofare Creek. Observed numerous
tracks of snowshoe hares, red squirrels, grouse, coyotes and ermine. At the beaver
ponds we saw two otters that captured a fish. There also was the skeleton of
an old cow moose that the critters had dug up and chewed on. We found a
freshly dead carcass of a bull bison that had four wolves and numerous coyotes
feeding on it. We deployed a camera on the remains and skied to the east to
Nate Vance's old hunting camp below Open Creek. ... Fagan and McWhirter
hung the moose antlers we found yesterday on the center support beam of the
cabin above the table. We hope they remain there forever as a gift from our trip.
(Day total: 8 miles; trip total: 64 miles)
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