Ernest Thompson-Seton detailed the exciting life of the fictional Wahb in his book , and in 1900, the three articles appeared together in print as a small book.
Seton’s story follows the exploits of Wahb from his birth in the upper Greybull River Valley of Wyoming to his death in Yellowstone National Park.
As more and more animals were asphyxiated, grizzly bears, looking for an easy meal, also entered the gulch and succumbed to the poisoned air.
Seton described Wahb’s entry into the deadly gulch: “A Vulture that had descended to feed on one of the victims was slowly going to sleep on the untouched carcass.
The odor that he once had hated was attractive now. In Science, Weed noted the site was easily reached by following an “old elk trail” up Cache Creek.
Although Seton’s tale of Wahb is characterized as fiction, Seton based many of Wahb’s experiences on true grizzly bear stories.
The setting of was also based on real geographical features that Seton visited during his trip to Yellowstone in 1897 and to the Palette Ranch in 1898.
“They show a different nature within its sacred limits.
They no longer shun the face of man; they neither fear nor attack him; and they are even more tolerant of one another in this land of refuge.” Despite Seton’s description of the park as a place where man and beast observed a neutral stance, Burt and I cautiously watched for any sign of Wahb’s living counterparts as we hiked up the trail along Cache Creek (a tributary of the Lamar River ) towards Death Gulch.