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Yellowstone National Park Wildlife Photos

A map of Yellowstone National Park

A map of Yellowstone National Park

In my two visits, I’ve had great luck spotting wildlife in Yellowstone National Park. I’m only missing sightings of a couple of the big animals – wolves and grizzlies. And quite honestly, I’m not sure how close I’d like to get to either one. I’ve heard stories of surprise, how they can creep up on a visitor without them even knowing it. It doesn’t have to happen on some remote trail, either. It’s possible to get out of the car to take a few photos, turn around, and be face-to-face with an animal that can have you for lunch without a second thought. Thankfully, I have had no close encounters. Just these great memories, all from my most recent visit to Wyoming…

I spot a lounging bison in the Hayden Valley as soon as I arrive

I spot a lounging bison in the Hayden Valley as soon as I arrive

A coyote would be mangy anywhere else, but in Yellowstone it's like magic

A coyote – found west of Canyon – would be mangy anywhere else, but in Yellowstone it’s like magic

Two elk grazing in the Lamar Valley

Two elk grazing in the Lamar Valley

Two fox kits play near Tower Roosevelt as mom looks on

Two fox kits play near Tower Roosevelt as mom looks on

A mule deer freezes in the Lamar Valley while I'm nearby

A mule deer freezes in the Lamar Valley while I’m nearby

A momma black bear and her two cubs graze...

A momma black bear and her two cubs graze…

...while another and her cub walk by across the street west of the Petrified Tree

…while another and her cub walk by across the street west of the Petrified Tree

Another nearby black bear takes a break from a carcass he's eating

Another nearby black bear takes a break from a carcass he’s eating

A running fox pauses not far from the Petrified Tree

A running fox pauses not far from the Petrified Tree

Pronghorn deer lounge in the Lamar Valley

Pronghorn deer lounge in the Lamar Valley

A bison herd in the Lamar Valley

A bison herd in the Lamar Valley

Big horn sheep graze near Tower Roosevelt

Big horn sheep graze near Tower Roosevelt

The bison are trying to stop me from leaving Yellowstone National Park!

The bison are trying to stop me from leaving Yellowstone National Park!

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11 Comments on “Yellowstone National Park Wildlife Photos”

  1. judoscott June 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    Great pictures. I especially the one with the 2 bison walking down the side of the road, that one right in the middle of the lane! The pic of the fox is really cool too.

    • Jason's Travels June 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

      I was so scared when I was passing that bison, since I wasn’t sure if it’d let me go or freak our and try to headbutt my car.

  2. agnesstramp June 25, 2013 at 2:01 am #

    Great snapshots Jason. I’ve heard many great things about this National Park and I am determined to visit it next year. Keep your fingers crossed for me. P.S. This bison is massive, weren’t you scared?

    • Jason's Travels June 25, 2013 at 10:22 am #

      Naw. You’re in your car, so there’s nothing to be scared about. The scary ones would most likely be bears while you’re out hiking.

  3. BeersAndBeans (@BeersandBeans) June 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    Great pics Jason! I love Yellowstone!

    • Jason's Travels June 26, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      Thanks! It was a lot of fun to visit. I’d really like to spend more time in the area. There’s so much to see and do.

  4. Traveling Ted (@travelingted) July 1, 2013 at 12:14 am #

    Great shots from Yellowstone. Despite missing the grizzlies, you definitely made up for it with black bears, foxes, and bison. I am hesitant to camp in grizzly country because I like to camp and hike alone. Not sure that is such a good idea with grizzly bears around.

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