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During my days in Yellowstone National Park I observed about 15 separate grizzly bears, most of them from a distance through binoculars. But also a few relatively close-up. I also saw about 15 different black bears, making it a remarkable three days for bear watching. In fact, some "veteran" visitors I talked to called it "bear bonanza", and the best season for years. It turned out I arrived at the optimal time of year to observe bears, as it was still lots of snow in the higher areas, whereas the northern and lower-altitude parts of the park were green. In May the bears tend to stay at lower elevation, and can more often be seen close to the roads compared to during summer and autumn. Last time I visited Yellowstone, in late July of 2001, I only saw one black bear and no grizzly's. Thus, it was an extraordinary stay.

The weather was another story, it was freezing cold, and for about half the time I spent there it was snowing. When I left it was more like a snowstorm. This of course made it difficult to get good photos of the wildlife, but all the bear sightings more than made up for the bad weather. A few photos of colorful hot springs have been uploaded on a separate page.

 

Grizzly bear

Grizzly bear

Wolf

Wolf in the snow, Hayden Valley

 

To the left you can see a picture of a wolf. It was snowing, so I did not get any good pictures of this predator. In total I saw 2 wolves, the other one only through a telescope with the help of a local. In addition to the bears and wolves, I also saw coyotes and many other mammals, bald eagles and other birds, of which some are shown on this page.

Black bear

Black bear feeding on fresh vegetation

 

Grizzly bear

Grizzly in the sagebrush, Lamar Valley

Bald eagle

Bald eagle by the nest

 

Coyote

Wet coyote

Elk

Elk

 

Pronghorn

Pronghorn

moose

A moose in Grand Teton National Park

 

Bison

Bison against the cloud-covered Teton mountains

Sandhill crane

Sandhill crane

 
Williamson's sapsucker
Williamson's sapsucker

Bighorn sheep

Bighorn sheep

 

Female bighorn sheep

Female bighorn sheep

Bison

 

Bison

Dusky (blue) grouse (Dendragapus obscurus)

 

Dusky grouse

Bison fighting

 

Bison calf

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

 

Hot springs

Hot springs

Midway Geysir Basin

Midway Geysir Basin - still scenic

 

Midway Geysir Basin

Midway Geysir Basin

Danger, bear country

Danger, bear country

 

Upper Geysir Basin

Upper Geysir Basin. More hot spring pictures can be seen here

Nice colors!

 

Yup

Yellowstone river

Yellowstone river

 

Yellowstone river

Yellowstone river

Lamar Valley

Lamar Valley

 

Aftergrowth, some years since the last big fire

Coyote

Coyote

 

Black bear

Black bear

grizzly bear

Another grizzly bear

 

grizzly bear

Grizzly

Sun, and snow

 

Bison herded by the park rangers in dense snow

Black bear

Sagebrush black bear

 

Bison in Grand Teton

Bison in Grand Teton

Yellowstone river

Yellowstone river

 

Common merganser

Common merganser