One of the reasons we try to go to Yellowstone in fall is for the animals. The animals are more lively in the fall now that the hot weather has pass and it is time to get ready for winter. This year the animals were kind of weird. We are used to finding elk all over the park bulging for a mate. This trip we found only one bull chasing after two females who didn’t want anything to do with him. Every time he would get close, off they would bound.
We would get up early in the morning and take walks. We could hear the wolves howling, the coyotes yipping and elk bulging but they all remained elusive.
One animal that was plentiful was the bison. We were use to only seeing a couple but they were everywhere. You couldn’t go anywhere without running into them.
They were at the geysers.
They were in the roads
In fact, every afternoon as we were heading back to the lodge, there would be this old bison wandering down the middle of the road tying traffic up both ways. You just know he was really enjoying the havoc he was causing.
This was the first time we saw Rocky Mountain Bighorn sheep. There was a herd of them laying by the road. I am still not sure with the whole park to lay in, why they chose the busiest road to lay by. As you can imagine, it was a real traffic jam there.
We did have one scary incident on our first morning. We had gotten up at day break and went down some paths looking at geysers. It was a great morning with very few others about. We went down one dead-end path and on our way back, a grizzly was on the path. We backed up very slowly and put some distance and a geyser between us. The grizzly was more interested in finding berries and things instead of tourist meat and left the area.
We then understood why they were selling bear spray and bells in the gift store. Later that afternoon, we passed an area on the road with lots of ranger vehicles and a couple of ambulances. When we asked what the problem was, the ranger told us there had been a grizzly sighting about 1/2 mile down the trail. After that, we were more careful about only going where there were other people.
I can’t close this out without talking about the ravens.