Yellowstone Wild, LLC. is a local family business based in Gardiner, MT, at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, offering year-round guided tours with local wildlife biologists, trackers, and educational guides. With 20 years of experience in wildlife biology and guiding, we specialize in educational wildlife watching, day hikes, multi-day backpacking excursions, and winter wolf and cougar tracking programs. We also offer specialized family-oriented tours for your young adventurers. We customize each trip to meet your specific interests while welcoming the special surprises that Yellowstone bestows upon us each day.
Our trips are often focused on viewing and learning about Yellowstone’s dynamic wildlife, most notably wolves. Wolves are our passion, and they are what draw many of our guests to Yellowstone — partly because the Park Service successfully restored the grey wolf to Yellowstone in 1995-1996 in a heroic and historic conservation success, and partly because this is the best place in the world to see wild wolves. Our guiding service is especially suited for viewing Yellowstone wolves and bears because our guide Emil has 20 years of experience both as a large carnivore biologist and wildlife guide. On our tours, it is common to witness wolves galloping across Yellowstone’s vast landscapes, hunting their wild prey, or traveling to and from their dens to feed their playful puppies. In the unforgettable beauty of a Yellowstone dawn, we often hear wolves howling across the breathtaking expanses of Yellowstone’s famed Northern Range.
We custom-build each expedition into the world’s first national park around your interests and expectations, and we fill your day with our intimate knowledge and personal experiences with the magical landscapes, wildlife, and geological wonders throughout Yellowstone. Each day in Yellowstone is different and special in its own way. This place is truly wild — it’s nature at its purest extremes, without restraint or control, and within that wilderness lies Yellowstone’s unique beauty. Our tours are not scripted or filled with canned jokes and rehearsed speeches. Each trip is a unique and authentic adventure into North America’s most prized wilderness, carefully crafted specifically for you by your highly-experienced biologist guide and shaped by Yellowstone’s very own unprecedented wild spirit.
Meet Our Team
Emil is a highly-experienced wildlife biologist guide with a Master’s of Science in Wildlife Conservation and Management. Emil was raised on a remote ranch in the mountains of southern Colorado, where from a very early age he developed a deep interest in the wildlife and wild places around him. As a child growing up in a wilderness environment, he spent much of his youth exploring the natural world and taught himself to track and observe the wildlife in the mountains and forests near his home. Emil earned a Bachelor´s degree in biology with an emphasis in ecology from Colorado College. He studied carnivore ecology on campus and abroad, and in 1997 he began formal field research in Costa Rica with leading jaguar scientists. Shortly after college he studied mountain lions in Yellowstone National Park, and gained valuable first-hand experience with Yellowstone´s amazing wildlife. Emil then spent an instrumental winter snow-tracking wolves through the Northwoods of Michigan, before attending graduate school to earn a Master´s of Science degree in Wildlife Conservation and Management from Humboldt State University. His graduate studies included five years of field research on mountain lion feeding ecology. Emil has authored many scientific publications and educational articles and taught courses on traditional and modern animal tracking.
Emil´s work to study and conserve wild carnivores has taken him to many unique locations throughout North and Central America, Europe, Southern Africa and the Saharan Deserts of Morocco. Prior to returning to Yellowstone, he spent five years working for the European Union on the reintroduction and conservation of the Iberian lynx, the world´s most endangered wild cat, in the Sierra Morena Mountains of Spain and Portugal.
Evan Stout was born and raised in rural Maine, in the perfect location to bounce between the picturesque rocky coast, and the deep forests of the North Maine Woods. Growing up, his family spent the majority of their summers at their “camp”, with the pristine wilderness of Maine right out the backdoor. Swimming, fly-fishing and hiking during the day, and the old Maine tradition of a moose-ride, driving the family truck down the long dirt roads through the muggy bogs, and mosquito dominated forests at sunset, always trying to be the first to spot one of the many inevitable moose sightings. It wouldn’t be until later in life that Evan realized seeing 10-20 moose on any given night was not something most children got to experience.
It was during those formidable years that a deep passion and connection to wild and pristine places was forged. After graduating high-school, Evan attended the University of Maine at Presque Isle, studying recreation and resource conservation and park management, and also completing a semester with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) in the Yukon Territory. Before leaving Maine, Evan would go on to leading hiking trips, backpacks, and canoe trips across the forests and rivers of the state. He also taught a year of 8th grade Earth Science at a local middle school as a favor to a family friend. While a wonderful experience, and a natural fit for Evan, the West was calling.