Animal Travels: Yellowstone

For this Animal Travels post. I’m going to be exploring the wildlife of Yellowstone National Park and where best to find all the popular species that the park has to offer.

yellowstone-bear-grizzly-bp-readerFirst off the park is famous for its Grizzly Bears. Grizzlies are larger than their relatives the black bear and it is advised to stay well away from them if viewing them in the wild. Park rangers suggest 100 yards is the safest distance to view from. Grizzly bears are active mainly at night and occasionally during dawn and dusk. In spring, they can be seen around Yellowstone Lake, Fishing Bridge, Hayden and Lamar valleys, Swan Lake Flats, and the East Entrance. However for mid-summer viewing the best places to head to are the meadows between Tower–Roosevelt and Canyon, and in the Hayden and Lamar valleys.

489473-1411080341-wideYellowstone is also home to the largest wild bison herd in the United States. The best place to view the herd depends on the time of year visiting Yellowstone. If you visit in Winter the best location is in the hydrothermal areas and also in Blacktail ponds. If visiting in Summer than the herd is found in the grasslands of Yellowstone.

Leggero_moose1Yellowstone is also home to Moose. Unfortunately things are going to well for them in Yellowstone as there are fewer than 200 individuals left and the population has been declining for the last 40 years due to the loss of forests surrounding the park and the burning of habitat and increased numbers of predators. Moose are best viewed year round along lake shores and rivers.

Gray wolves are seen nearing a Bison in Yellowstone National Park in this undated handout photographPerhaps one of the species that Yellowstone is most famous for is its reintroduced Grey Wolves. From 2009 wolf numbers in Yellowstone have increased from around 80 individuals to a booming 528 wolves which were counted in 2015 and the numbers are on the increase. Wolves can be see year round in Yellowstone and in most locations within the park. However, the northern regions of Yellowstone are where the wolves are most abundant and visitors will have the greatest chance of spotting a pack.

Share your pictures and experiences with me if you have visited Yellowstone in the comments section below. I’d love to know your thoughts on Yellowstone.


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