SPRING LOONION 2006: May 28 - June 5th 2996


I had not been to Yellowstone during greenup in three years and I was dying to see it in the fullness of Spring. I was also eager to get to the new Bozeman condo I had bought on my birthday in late January. Luckily for me, greenup in Yellowstone happens to coincide with the slowest time for my business so I took a luxurious 12 days off and headed West.

Three of those days I spent at my new condo, getting to know my neighbors, adding items here and there and exploring Bozeman. This report, however concerns the other 9 days which I spent in the Park.

I don't claim to be an expert on wildlife but I am a fan and I try my best to be accurate in my reports and in the statements I make about animal behavior. A lot of the wolf information I include comes from folks far more knowlegable than I. If you think I've included anything that is inaccurate or incorrect, I hope you will let me know by e-mailing me at


If you have any other criticisms or suggested changes, please feel free to comment at the same e-dress.

Thanks, as always, to John Uhler, for the Page and for making a home for the Loons; to Ballpark Frank for his tireless planning of hikes that bring such happiness to those of us lacking regular hiking partners; to the many dear people of Yellowstone’s wolfer-community who make me feel so welcome. And to my friend Doug Dance, who has published a marvelous book called "Once Around The Sun - In Yellowstone" which you can read about or purchase by clicking here .

And finally, I'd like to explain about Allison. Allison was a shining-light of a woman, the Queen of the Loons and my friend. She passed away suddenly in December of 2003 at the far too young age of 50. Her loving family arranged for her ashes to be scattered on Kite Hill above the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in June of 2004. Many of us Loons were in attendance at that ceremony. Thus, each time I visit the Park I feel her presence, and I hope always to share my trips with her.


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me (in visor) with Allison at the 2001 Loonion