I was just at the NTO shooting class, the subject of wolves came up, and another fellow came via Yellowstone, He reported spending 3 days in the "park" without seeing an elk. My last visit was pre-wolf, and I decided I should see it for myself-first hand. I drove from Cody to Gardiner, as I have more history along that route. Elk count 0, deer count 0, sheep 0, bears 0, wolves 0, antelope 0, moose 0, rabbits 0, rodents 0, road kill 0. Buffalo about 300, one herd of maybe 200 +/-, 2 smaller ones of 15-30, and a few singles. Positives: I was able to drive the speed limit almost the entire way. The turnouts were with a couple of exceptions were empty, or minimally occupied. Not a single buffalo chip on the road to spoil the last car wash. The grass and bushes seem to be doing well, although I consider some of it noxious weeds. I did see a UTV side by side spraying the roadside-it looked like to move the grass back so drivers could better define the edge. The only thing that looked like an elk, was a sign warning not to get to close. Easily done-I think you have to work pretty hard to get buffalo stomped these days. Leaving the "park" was a sign informing it's illegal to transport invasive species into Montana. I finally saw a herd of elk, about 50, north of Gardiner, appeared to be using the proximity of human protection, in the gaps between the houses and ranches. Pretty small habitat.