Yellowstone National Park: Wildlife

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We were fortunate to spend an evening as well as an early morning in Lamar Valley – it’s the place to be to view wildlife. You will see more than bison’s and deer’s here. Brown bears, coyotes crossing the road, and even foxes.

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We did one trip on our own and then did another one with a guide who had a telescope. We could see a family of wolves only through the telescope.

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And while we were driving, we came across a classic scene. Lots of cars parked along the road, people running with their camera and an excitement in the air. We also ran as we knew this was the biggest attraction in the park – Grizzly bear.

We saw a small cub and were super thrilled that since its mom was not nearby we could go see the cub up close.

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Another such scene is for the elusive Moose and for eagles. Be warned though if there is a ranger asking you not to stop and see the animal, follow his advice. Else you may get a ticket; just as our friend almost did.

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The park is a mecca of animals. To truly see wildlife you have to get up at 5 :00 am and drive out into the valley. The advantage of the guide is that he brings out hot coffee and breakfast along with the telescope. Do plan a trip here especially if you have older kids who will enjoy seeing animals in the wild.

I apologize for the poor photos. They were all taken from the car for the fear of Bisons that were everywhere. The guys had scared me with stories of bison attack. don’t let them put you off from visiting the park. It is a park I want to take Varun when he is a bit older as there is possibly no amusement park that can match what Yellowstone has to offer!

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About rutujak

A travel addict, self confessed foodie and a mom trying to make SFO my home after a decade in Seattle and a stint in Hyderabad, India.

Posted on May 3, 2013, in National Parks, Travel, USA and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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