Yellowstone’s Abundant Wildlife

Yellowstone National Park is not only a geologic wonder, but also home to abundant wildlife. As a wildlife preserve, visitors flock to this region to see animals in their native habitats. Popular wildlife sightings in the park include:

  • Bald Eagles – Dotting the shores of Yellowstone’s rivers and lakes, bald eagles are commonly sighted as they look for their next fish-filled meal. Adult eagles are 30 to 45 inches in height.
  • Bighorn sheep – Roaming the hills and mountains throughout Yellowstone, these sheep weigh 200 to 300 pounds, ranging in color from dark brown to light brown, have curved horns and a white behind.
  • Bison – Roaming wild throughout the park, Yellowstone is home to approximately 3,500 bison. These massive animals are approximately 2,000 pounds and commonly frequent the Hayden and Lamar Valleys.
  • Black Bears – Common sightings are between March and November. Visitors need to remember to maintain space and to never approach wild animals.
  • Coyotes – Some of the largest coyotes in the U.S. live in the park, weighing 30 to 40 pounds. Smaller than wolves, coyotes live an average of six years.
  • Elk – In the summertime, Yellowstone is home to 25,000 elk. Elk weigh 500 to 700 pounds and are commonly sighted in the Mammoth region in meadows and large fields.
  • Grey Wolves – Reintroduced to Yellowstone, this area is now home to more than 325 gray wolves. Lamar Valley is commonly frequently by wolves.
  • Grizzly Bears – The best time for visitors to obtain a glimpse of a grizzly bear is between March and November. Grizzly bears are commonly sighted and rangers have information about areas that are safer for long-distance viewing.
  • Moose – Second in Yellowstone to bison, moose weigh 1,000 pounds and are seven feet in height. The males’ feature telltale cupped antlers that make for outstanding photos.
  • Mule Deer – These large deer can jump at a moment’s notice. Known as black-tail deer, mule deer are distinguished by a black-tipped tail and oversized ears. Yellowstone is also home to white-tailed deer and pronghorn antelope.
  • Trumpeter Swans – The world’s heaviest airborne bird, swans weigh 23 to 30 pounds and are distinguished by their white bodies and long, graceful necks.
  • Badgers – Seldom seen, but common within the park, badgers often dig dens and live in holes, searching out their prey.
  • Foxes – Distant and cautious, these animals can be spotted in Lamar Valley and on Specimen Ridge.
  • Mountain Lions – Only 20 to 35 mountain lions inhabit the park. Weighing 100 to 160 pounds, mountain lions are a member of the cat family.
  • Otters – Social and playful, otters are found along rivers and lakes, including Trout and Yellowstone Lakes.
  • Small Mammals – Yellowstone is home to ground squirrels, chipmunks, red squirrels, marmots, northern flying squirrels, porcupines, beavers, muskrats, pocket gophers, voles and mice.

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