I had never heard of the expression, “a bluebird day”, but ended up hearing it several times on my recent trip to Yellowstone Country, Montana. I guess bluebirds come out when the sun is shining, even if there is snow on the ground from the night or days before. Regardless, it was was a gorgeous day!
Animals of Yellowstone National Park
On one hand, it seems many of the animals in Yellowstone National Park tend to come out the colder it is, but on the other hand, we seemed to have a chance to see many of the animals that have their home in Yellowstone National Park. So what did we actually end up seeing?
“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” Aldo Leopold
Here is a photographic journey through the animals of Yellowstone National Park on a Bluebird kind of day!
Animals of Yellowstone National Park:
Mule deer or white-tailed deer
I was only able to spy a gray wolf through the wolf whisperer’s scope! I call Rick McIntyre the wolf whisperer since he has been in Yellowstone National Park every day for over 20 years. He is a veteran wolf researcher. Mr. McIntyre has spent this time watching and studying wolves in Yellowstone for the National Park Service.
For over 70 years, there were no wolves in the park. The Leopold wolf pack was reintroduced to the park in 1995. Since wolves are at the top of the ecosystem, they control it. In the years that followed, wolves brought the elk population down and protected the open valleys from overgrazing. However, the number of elk killed was double than what was estimated. Many local hunters stir controversy by protesting that the wolves will end up killing ALL of the elk. You can imagine that the debate today is still strong.
“He saw in her eyes the death of a fierce green fire.”- Aldo Leopold
These guys are not exactly in Yellowstone National Park, but I did see them right outside of Bozeman at a Montana Grizzly Encounters.
Disclosure: My time spent in Montana was sponsored by Yellowstone Country, Montana.