About Yellowstone Wild
Yellowstone Wild, LLC. is a local family business based in Gardiner Montana, at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, offering year-round guided tours with local wildlife biologist, tracker, and educational guide, Emil McCain, M.S. With 20 years of experience in wildlife biology and guiding, we specialize in educational Wildlife Watching, Day-Hikes, Multi-Day Backpacking and Winter Wolf and Cougar Tracking. We also offer specialized Family-Oriented Tours for your young adventurers. We custom-tailor each trip to meet your specific interests, of course welcoming the special surprises that Yellowstone bestows upon us each day.
We provide luxury door-to-door service to and from your local accommodations. We offer an assortment of hearty foods and drinks, served picnic-style overlooking some of Yellowstone’s most stunning features. Using the finest viewing optics available, you will enjoy views of Yellowstone’s world famous wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and geological wonders.
Our trips are often focused on viewing and learning about Yellowstone's dynamic wildlife, most notably Yellowstone wolves. Wolves are our passion, and wolves are what draw many of our guests to Yellowstone, partly because the Park Service successfully restored the Grey Wolf to Yellowstone in 1995-1996 - 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 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. So, come with us and allow that majestic wolf howl, the iconic call of North American wilderness, welcome you to an unforgettable day with us in Yellowstone!
We custom build each day's expedition into the World's first National Park around our guests' interests and expectations, andwe fill your day (because it is just that-YOUR DAY) with our intimate knowledge, steeped with personal experiences with the magical landscapes, wildlife and geological wonders throughout Yellowstone. Each day in Yellowstone is different, and each day is special. This place is truly wild: Nature at its purest extremes, without restraint or control, and within that wildness 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.
Yellowstone Wild, LLC, is a private family-owned guiding business located in Gardiner Montana at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. We hold current Commercial Use Authorization permits from Yellowstone National Park.
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.
Emil was drawn back to Yellowstone in 2014, largely because it is one of the few places left that currently holds its full complement of wild animals. In fact, the famed Northern Range is thought to be one of the most predator-rich areas on the planet, with staggering densities of wild wolves, coyotes, foxes, mountain lions, grizzly and black bears all living and interacting with each other as they have done here for millennia. Yellowstone is now just as wild and ecologically healthy as it was when the first frontiersmen saw it 200 years ago. All of the original components of the natural ecosystem are currently present here, and the Park is managed to preserve all parts of the natural world, virtually as if humans were not here. To experience nature in its pure wild state is truly precious, and we can celebrate the very best of Nature right here in Yellowstone!
Your private guide draws from a lifetime of exceptional personal experiences working with wildlife, and now you have the opportunity to explore Yellowstone’s wilds with him. From the bitter-cold woods of Northern Michigan to the deserts of Mexico, the rugged snow-capped Rocky Mountains to the savannas of Africa and the Mediterranean woodlands of southern Spain, from the Moroccan Sahara to the rainforests of Costa Rica, Emil has become highly skilled at finding elusive wild animals. Emil gained more valuable experience relating directly to guiding in Yellowstone while tracking wolves for the Yellowstone Wolf Project 2014 and 2015. With the skills he developed as a young boy exploring the wilderness area behind his family ranch in Colorado and expertise further honed during 20 years of scientific research, Emil has forged an uncommon relationship with the wildlife around him. Through his deep understanding of Nature, Emil possesses the rare ability to create the very best opportunities to view and learn about wild animals such as wolves, bears, moose and other Yellowstone wildlife. And now we invite you to step into the wilds of Yellowstone with Emil to witness for yourself the magic of our greatest national park. He takes great pride in providing unique and educational adventures exploring Yellowstone´s wild secrets. Having traveled, worked and lived in many diverse places around the world, Emil has a special way of connecting with and relating to people from every walk of life and is very helpful to travelers visiting the Yellowstone area for the first time or the 50th time. Emil speaks fluent Spanish.
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.
After a year in the desert, and a short stint as an arborist in Maine, Evan moved to California, and the traveling really began. He was hired as a tour guide for a company based out the bay area, who regularly sent him to all reaches of our continent. During his 8 years with them he was able to guide in 40 states, including several season in Alaska, 7 Canadian Provinces, entertain and lead thousands of travelers, both American and foreign, and visit countless National Parks. His goal is to someday visit every American National Park, he is currently at 51 of 58. When he visits Hawaii it will be his 50th state.
During the summer of 2014 on a wildlife tour through the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone and Glacier, Evan would cross paths with Emil, where they would guide side-by-side many days over the next 2 years until early 2016 when Evan decided to finally lay down some roots. Given his experience as a guide, and knowledge of the continent he could have moved and worked just about anywhere. But it was the undeniable love and draw of Yellowstone’s wildlife that brought him to Gardiner MT. Evan has been guiding year round and living in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem ever since, and is happy to join his good friend Emil guiding for Yellowstone Wild.
Most days Evan is up before the sun, searching for bears, wolves, and all of Yellowstone’s wonders, and he can be found most evenings with his feet on the shores of a river or creek tossing flies to one of his favorite animals in the whole ecosystem, Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout. Evan is also an avid wildlife photographer, ask to see his prints which are available for sale while on tour! He currently resides in Livingston, MT.
Evan moved to Tucson, Arizona into the heart of an environment at the opposite end of the spectrum from his beloved Maine woods, the Sonoran Desert. Here, he worked for the South West Conservation Corps, leading a group of young adults into the backcountry to perform conservation and trail work for a year in the National Parks and Monuments of southern Arizona. Much like Emil, who’s career sent him to the region for different reasons, they share a deep love for the U.S.’s southern most desert.