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Yellowstone Photos include pictures of wildlife right near the car!

Yellowstone Wildlife Sightings

A big thrill for us shortly after we had entered the north entrance of the park was spotting a cinnamon colored bear. It was cool to see big billows of fatty flesh and fur, moving up and down as he bounded across the road. Your cue to whip out the camera was always a traffic back-up, so you actually became excited when there was a jam.

The other tourists, just like you, are slowing down ahead to either let the bison cross the road and/or snap a photo of them nearby. The same held true throughout the park anytime there was an animal sighting.

When you visit Yellowstone National Park it is fairly likely that you'll encounter the bison—and how lucky your are. The reason this is such a special part of the vacation is that the park remains the only place in the United States where they have lived continuously since prehistoric times! Allowed to roam free over the expansive landscape of Yellowstone National Park the wild animals will likely exhibit behavior like their ancient ancestors, congregating during the breeding season to compete for mates. There are approx. 4,600 bison in the park in two breeding herds, northern and central. Male bulls  weighs up to 2,000 pounds while female cows weigh up to 1,000 pounds. They typically live 12–15 years, and the lucky ones live 20 years. Mating season runs late July through August. Be cautious. They can run 35 mph and can be aggressive during this particular season.

Wildlife Watching Regulations — It's the Law!  It is illegal to willfully remain near or approach wildlife, including birds, within ANY distance that disturbs or displaces the animal.

1. Approaching on foot within 100 yards of bears or wolves  is prohibited.
2. Approaching on foot within 25 yards of other wildlife is prohibited.
3. Use roadside pullouts when viewing wildlife.
4. Use binoculars or telephoto lenses for safe viewing
5. Avoid disturbing them.
6. If you cause an animal to move, you are too close!

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