The Great American Road Trip — The Critters of Yellowstone

So, my number one goal when visiting Yellowstone National Park was to see critters. Bears and wolves, especially. Especially bears. Well, the quest to see bears and wolves was pretty much a complete failure. We saw one bear for about two seconds on our drive into Yellowstone. And, we saw a wolf on the side of the road illuminated by our headlights at about 4:30 in the morning for about one second. Not exactly what we would call good sightings. And, as a friend told me, if there aren’t photos it didn’t happen. So, apparently those sightings didn’t happen at all.

Birds were also a bit of a disappointment. I think we saw only one bald eagle and I’m not sure we saw even a single hawk. We did see lots and lots of absolutely massive ravens.

This was actually one of the smaller ravens we saw in Yellowstone.

And these little guys.

I’m not sure what they are, but they sure are pretty against that perfect blue sky.

But our failure to see some of the big attractions that doesn’t mean our quest to see animals was a complete bust. Far from it.

We saw so many amazing elk.

How regal is this guy? Give him a couple of years and he is going to have quite the harem.

There were herds of elk that hung out just outside of Mammoth.

There were probably 20 elk in this group.

They were amazing.

A small, little elk outside of Mammoth.

And, we even saw a couple of elk crossing a river one day.

Why did the elk cross the river?

We also saw bighorn sheep.

One of the bighorn sheep we saw outside of Mammoth.

They were right outside of Mammoth too.

Another bighorn sheep.

And, we saw several coyotes. They were often far away and hard to spot, but boy was it cool to see them.

A coyote in the scrub brush.

And pronghorn.

This guy was chasing off another male that was sniffing around during rutting season.

And, I think it is probably impossible to visit Yellowstone and not see bison.

A bison in Lamar Valley.

It was so unbelievably cool to see these amazing animals. Now, if I can just convince Robert to go back and look for those bears and those wolves . . . .

About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).
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