Okay, here’s the part you’ve all been waiting for: The Animals!
But first, we need to start off with some warnings.
Elk are another prey animal high on the human hater scale.
Again, no one said they were smart.
Another human hater are Rocky Mountain Wild Sheep or Bighorn Sheep.
They tend to ram cars when people stop to look at them along the highway.
If you think that won’t put a dent in your door, think again.
Now, we’ll move to the more dangerous park animals, the predators.
BEARS, BADGERS, COYOTES & WOLVES
If you see a traffic jam, but can’t see any buffalo meandering down the highway, chances are there’s a bear in the woods.
Grizzly bears aren’t nice. Stay in your car. Keep moving or you will be bear poop.
Black bears are a little more friendly, but eventually they will eat you too.
Human/bear interaction has taught bears to be beggars.
There is a saying: ‘A fed bear is a dead bear.’ Once a bear can’t get what it wants, it decides to take from humans and the encounter is bad for everyone involved.
DON’T FEED THE BEARS!
Oh look, aren’t they cute!
They play and dig in the ground and they are furry just like a cat. Can we have one, pleaseohpleaseohplease!
Uh…no. They aren’t cute and you can’t have one. My mother encountered one of these balls of fur and hatred when she was a teenager. She had to smash the damn thing’s head with a rock to keep it from tearing her leg off.
Coyotes are the tricksters of Native American lore and are revered for their intelligence.
Coyotes are typically the size of a medium dog and they feed on rabbits, mice, birds, squirrels and carrion.
Wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in the late 90s and it’s been one huge controversy ever since. I am on the side of NO WOLVES! because, as you can see from the above picture, they hunt in packs and there isn’t anything they can’t take down. The wolves have not stayed in YNP as the reintroduction nuts promised and have wandered as far as the Meeteetse area where they have decimated local moose and elk herds. If you are pro wolf, I say put one under each arm and go home. Around here it’s ‘Shoot, Shovel and Shut Up’ as far as wolves are concerned.
This concludes our animal tour. If there is an animal you didn’t get to see in the park, chances are the wolves ate it and it’s now an endangered species.