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Does anyone not see wildlife at YNP?

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Does anyone not see wildlife at YNP?

Just curious about how certain it is to see wildlife in YNP. We'd love to see a grizzly (but not whilst walking!) and a moose buck. Also the bison look cool. It looks as if everyone sees wildlife. Tell me it's true!!

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1. Re: Does anyone not see wildlife at YNP?

I went for the first time last summer in July and did not hike at all due to that fact that I was traveling with my Mother and here older sisters and that was not possible. However was saw so many bison that we kinda of got tired of them and we saw grizzly bears twice. We also saw bald eagles and any number of squirrels and marmots. We also saw pronghorn and on the Beartooth Highway we saw mountain goats. We did get to see any wolves. You will not have a problem seeing wildlife but you may not see every thing you want either. We loved it so much that we are already planning return trip in 2009.

AKJ
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2. Re: Does anyone not see wildlife at YNP?

It will depend some on when you're there. We saw a lot more bears in June than we did July, for instance. You'll see enough to be amazed, though.

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3. Re: Does anyone not see wildlife at YNP?

We saw a variety of wildlife last year the third week of May and we can't wait to come back this year the first week of June and see even more wildlife!!

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4. Re: Does anyone not see wildlife at YNP?

It is true!

The only way you won't see wildife is if you are not looking. The best times to go wildlife viewing are early morning and evening to dusk. Between those times go see the sights -- mud pots, hot pots, canyons, falls -- and you will still see wildlife too. Moose are difficult to see in Yellowstone, drive south to the Tetons.

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5. Re: Does anyone not see wildlife at YNP?

We have visited Yellowstone several times and always seen lots of wildlife.

You will always see Elk, Bison and Mule Deer and lots of little critters if you look carefully.

The best time to see bears is dawn and dusk when they are moving between their favourite eating sites. We have spotted Black Bears near Petrified Tree to Tower Falls and Grizzly Bears in Hayden valley and near Madison junction. But you could come across them anywhere if you are lucky.

Moose - we were lucky to see a mother and her calf off the Petrified Tree road during May last year.

We saw four Otters in the Madison River along the West Entrance Road in September 2006.

You need to get up really early for a chance to see Wolves returning to their dens, we were lucky to see wolves with their pups last May.

A lot of it is down to luck, but knowing when and where to look will improve your chances of seeing something special.

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6. Re: Does anyone not see wildlife at YNP?

A tip given to me from an older hunter for seeing wildlife is to look for parts of animals instead of the whole animal at once. The wiggling of an ear can tip you off to the whereabouts of an elk laying in the downed timber, the wag of the tail of the mule deer feeding, any movement can be an animal. Also watch for "a horizontal line in a vertical world" as it might be the back of an animal standing in the timber.

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7. Re: Does anyone not see wildlife at YNP?

For moose you can also try the area from Silver Gate to the Park entrace and a short ways into the park. For wolves try the Lamar Valley and the Slough Creek Campground road. Watch for lots of peole with big scopes and cameras. Bison may be in short supply this year. They've had a "tough winter".

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8. Re: Does anyone not see wildlife at YNP?

Thanks everyone. So far we've been very good at spotting wildlife in the Canadian Rockies so it sounds very promising. Looking forward to it.

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