courtesy of Al Jazeera
by Kavitha Chekuru
Ice-crusted snow blankets the mountains and grass as the temperature sinks further and further below zero.
This is winter in Yellowstone National Park – a time of year that constantly tests the endurance and survival of wildlife here in the heart of the American West.
Except for the grey wolf. Winter does not weaken them – it’s when they thrive the most.
Watching them run through the park’s deep snow with ease, it’s easy to forget the political wrangling taking place in Washington, DC that could well determine their fate as politicians seek to strip the wild canine of its endangered protection.
Few animals have been as controversial in the United States as the grey wolf.