Photos of the Week: 7/19/2018: The amazing Wildlife Collection of Yellowstone:
There is not a National Park in the World that brags about the Wildlife that it has. People come from all over the world to one of the largest National parks of the United States to not only see this amazing National Park with it’s amazing geysers and gorgeous scenery but to see the abundance of amazing wildlife closeup. Step into the world now of some of the most beautiful wildlife that you can imagine you would see in Yellowstone National Park:
One of the amazing bull elk you may see when you come to Yellowstone National Park.
The mighty bald eagle may also be a common bird you will see in Yellowstone.
The pronghorn antelope is also a common animal here, if you get into the higher elevation.
This should be your every morning routine; Wake up, poor coffee, check Y.W. for new sightings! This otter mom and her three pups were passing the time at Fishing Bridge yesterday morning. We are unsure if they stopped at the Visitor Center, however.
Elk calves resting in the grass near the Mammoth Visitor Center.
Guess who we spotted yesterday?! Our old friend Scarface spent the day on the slopes near Dunraven Pass. It was good to finally see him again, as we seemed to just miss him four or five times this year already.
A black bear resting in some shady grass near Tower Falls.
Yesterday was a day of bison sightings, with the most notable being this monster. He was out directing traffic on the Pelican Creek bridge
A Red-tailed Hawk scanning a meadow from an aspen limb in Little America. The birds of prey are out in full force in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Don’t forget to look up when out searching for wildlife!
This is always fun to see: the baby bison with the parents close by. This looks especially good when mixed with the morning mist.
Bull elk in velvet. Elk antlers are one of the fastest growing animal tissues in the world. These particular bulls have been spotted several times in the past few weeks and their antlers are noticeably larger each time we see them!
Remember that we have expanded our maps to include Grand Teton National Park this year. We’ve already had a few sightings from down there too!
Lots of really great sightings from yesterday, including an otter family, four very large bighorn rams, Blaze’s cub near Steamboat Point, and this fox vixen with her two kits.
Busy morning today on Mary Bay. We spotted “Raspberry” the grizzly at 6:30, then after she wandered off, this guy came strolling in (7:40am.) We stuck around the area for awhile, and left him there about an hour later. Both sightings are posted, including the photo of Raspberry.
Enter a capSpring is a great time to see Sandhill Cranes in Yellowstone. This pair flew overhead as we were on the Fountain Paint Pot boardwalks.
For the first time in 2013, we drove to Old Faithful yesterday. This coyote was there to greet us when we arrived.
Here is a pregnant moose cow that we spotted near Blacktail Plateau Drive,
A mule deer bedded down along the Gardner River while keeping alert for any potential predators.
The most interesting animal added back into the Yellowstone Wildlife is the Wolf. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
There has been some interesting controversy about wolves being added back into Yellowstone, but the facts prove it was a good ideas. Read below: Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com
The land of Old Faithful wasn’t always so lush. Two decades ago, Yellowstone National Park was the victim of defoliation, erosion and an unbalanced ecosystem. But in 1995, everything changed.
That was the year wolves were reintroduced to the park. Before then, government predator control programs had all but eliminated the gray wolf from America’s lower 48 states. Consequently, deer and elk populations increased substantially, resulting in overgrazing, particularly of willows and other vegetation important to soil and riverbank structure, leaving the landscape vulnerable to erosion. Without wolves, the entire ecosystem of the park suffered.
As a top predator, wolves are one of Yellowstone’s linchpins, holding together the delicate balance of predator and prey. Their removal in the early 20th century disrupted food webs and set off something called a “trophic cascade,” in which the wolves’ natural prey (in this case, elk) multiplied, all the while consuming increasing amounts of foliage. The phenomenon occurred again in reverse when the wolves were reintroduced and the natural balance was restored.
When wolves were brought back to the park, they not only killed elk, but also changed their prey’s behavior patterns. The herbivores started to avoid areas like valleys and gorges where they could be easily hunted by predators. As a result, those areas began to regenerate, and species such as birds, beavers, mice and bears returned. Plant life once again thrived along the riverbanks and erosion decreased significantly. The stabilization of the riverbanks actually made the rivers and streams change course. With the reintroduction of just a small population of wolves, the landscape of the whole park transformed.
Hopefully, you have enjoyed this rare glimpse into the wildlife of Yellowstone National Park. Now you can see why there are so many tourists come to Yellowstone. Not only to see the amazing scenery, geysers and beautiful waterfalls, but the wildlife is in abundance to enjoy.