Wildlife in Wyoming
If you are big into wildlife patrol (like Tom), then the area around the Tetons and Yellowstone is certainly the place for you. In a matter of 3 days, we were able to see Elk, Moose and Grizzly – all were a complete wonder to see in real life.
On our second day, we woke up really early to drive through the Teton pass as we heard this is a hot spot for moose. We hit the jackpot that day spotting 4 moose simply on the pass itself. One was on its own, sitting in the snow, and the other 3 were a mom and 2 babies – who by the way – were NOT a fan of us getting out of the car across the highway to snap a picture.
We then headed to Pearl Street bagels, only because our AirBnB host told us that it can sometimes be a great place to spot them. No luck there, but AMAZING bagels.
Following this we went down Moose Wilson road that goes through Grand Teton National Park. It’s known for its wildlife and actually gets shut down during the late fall/winter because of that reason alone (no, not the snow like we thought). This is where we got our best view. This was due to seeing a car on the side of the road as we were driving. NOTE: If you see a car(s) pulled over – it’s most likely for wildlife, not just the view.
The moose was gently grazing and we got a show. It was beautiful!
Our final spotting was in Yellowstone. Weirdly enough, after searching for them forever in the ADK, we passed by since we’ve “seen enough of them today”. But don’t take them for granted. The next day we took the same route, at the same time, and saw 0.
We spotted a grizzly on our way home from Yellowstone. We heard they are everywhere in the area, but luckily we only potentially got startled by the noise from one on the trail, but never saw one eye to eye. We got this chance at this time though. We saw a ton of cars pulled over, and a grizzly was the last wildlife we wanted to see – and out of the corner of my eye – I saw it. It was like magic.
We pulled over, trekked through the woods, and there it was. Grazing in the grass, looking at us as he/she knew we were there, but continued on. It was huge, HUGE. And the hump on its back is so distinct. I will forever appreciate the calm, small nature of our native black bears after seeing this giant. It made me far less scared to solo hike on the north east.
Can we just talk a second about how majestic these creatures are? Not only individually, but the way they roam? Especially in the yellow grass against the blue sky – it is a sight to behold. I never really thought about Bison much being from the East Coast, but now it is easy for me to say that they are by far my favorite animal. They hold such regard and class – while being such rough creatures. We were luckily able to spot them all over Yellowstone – and if you’re looking for a show and doing a loop around Yellowstone, we saw them mostly between Madison and Norris, Norris and Canyon, and just along the Snake River toward Fishing Bridge.
There are Elk all around the park, and if your lucky like us to go during mating season, you will certainly get an audio show. The first time we heard them was on our first hike – and thank goodness we saw him, or else we would have been terrified. It is a loud whining screech – and once you hear it, you’ll never forget it. Its called "bugles" and its pretty amazing.
Throughout our time there we would hear it in the distance, just wailing away – looking for a mate