Yellowstone National Park, Part III

Okay, here’s the part you’ve all been waiting for:  The Animals! 

But first, we need to start off with some warnings. 

Not kidding here.

Pay attention like your life depends on it, because it does.

Take time and let this warning set in.

Okay! Who's the dumbass who's NOT listening?!

Trust me, you do not want to see a buffalo up close and personal!
We’ll start off with the most abundant animals in the park, the prey animals.
Moose are found in the wet, marshy areas of the park.  They are very shy and sometimes hard to spot.
A couple of years ago a cow moose was separated from her calf around a North Fork campgrounds.  The cow rampaged the campsite and fixated on a 6 year old boy as her calf.  No one said moose were smart.  Game and Fish officials reunited the cow and calf, leaving a few scared humans behind.
Antelope are probably the least dangerous wild animal.  They are very low on the the food chain so they tend to run away like lightning.  They are also the dumbest wild animal.  They will literally run into the side of a vehicle rather than avoid it.
Deer are sweet and very common in this area.  There are herds that hang out around my house.  They do tend to eat everything so they are something of a nuisance.
Honestly, I am more afraid of a buffalo than I am of a grizzly bear.  These animals are huge, fast and crazy.  They have horns.
Don’t let this image fool you.  They like their babies, but not much else.
Do you see how he doesn’t care about the cars behind him?  He doesn’t care if you’re in front of him either.

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. 


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.  



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. 


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 20:07:04

    This article has a scary bear video on it.

    Screw that shit of putting the camera on a tripod so he could catch the action. I wouldn’t want the world to see a video of me screaming while a bear turned me into poop. Good thing he scared her off cuz she wasn’t messing around.

    We have a lot of the same issues here in our National parks with human versus animal. I call it natural selection at work. If you want to go one on one with a bear fine, but why does the bear have to pay the price?

    I agree. Many of the situations are caused by human stupidity. The animal is just doing what nature intended. I say let the animal live and be happy the gene pool has been cleaned out.


  2. blunt delivery
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 22:03:15


    did someone just say “Gored?”

    cus that is effing weird.

    HAHAHA! That’s what it’s called when a bull gets you.


  3. DarcsFalcon
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 22:37:35

    Awesome pics! I made my kids come look too. 🙂 What a lovely tour, thank you ma’am! You’ve been an excellent guide. 😀

    Only because you were long distance from me. I’m not all that pleasant in a car.


    • Sparty Girl
      Jun 24, 2010 @ 12:23:01

      Hahaha! Been there, have the t-shirt! I still enjoyed you more than the boys. 🙂

      Ugh. The boys.


  4. DarcKnyt
    Jun 23, 2010 @ 23:50:14

    I loved it! Especially the “Shoot, shovel and shut up” part.

    Honestly, reintroduction nuts aren’t as smart as they think they are. When the food supply for those wolves runs low, what do we suppose they’ll start eating?

    Right. Pets and small children. In that order.

    First time a kid ends up a steaming pile of dog crap because a wolf ate him, there will be NO WOLVES because people will start…shooting, shoveling and shutting up.

    No wolves would’ve been smartest.

    Great tour, hon! Lots of fun!

    Yeah, they said the wolves would stay in the park because of the food supply. My dogs have a food supply yet they still wander if they get the chance.

    They also said wolves only kill a small number of livestock. That’s great unless it’s YOUR livestock they are eating.

    Last fall a hiker outside of Yellowstone happened on an elk carcass and the wolves guarding it attacked his Golden Retriever. They didn’t outright kill the dog so he got to hold his pet for 2 hours while it bled to death. I’ll bet he’s all for wolf reintroduction.

    Other people out riding horses have been set upon by wolves and had their dogs killed.

    It’s only a matter of time before a wolf packs off a kid.

    I say we round up the wolves and reintroduce them in Washington DC.


  5. whatigotsofar
    Jun 24, 2010 @ 06:34:18

    Which of these animals is the tastiest?

    All of the prey animals are pretty tasty. I’ve heard bear is good too.


  6. blogmella
    Jun 26, 2010 @ 00:01:18

    Wow, that is very impressive, what an amazing post.

    I have a friend who lives in Minnesota (I think) and she was having a picnic in the woods, with some friends. All of a sudden, something near them moved and it was climbing a tree trunk.

    “Awww! look!” she cried, “It’s a bear cub!”. They all looked at the bear cub, then at each other – and shouted in unison,
    “OH SHIT! It’s a BEAR CUB!” and then they ran away, FAST. Hahaha!

    Where there is a cub, there’s a pissed off mom. Running is always in your best interest.


  7. Real
    Sep 02, 2012 @ 04:01:41

    Stay in the car and drive home. Wild animals need somewhere to be wild. We have the other 99% of the country under our collective thumb. If your scared of / a treat to the wild life then stay home.

    I’m not scared, but I’m not stupid. Wild animals are W.I.L.D. and should be treated as such.


  8. Yellowstone national park volcano
    Sep 11, 2012 @ 06:44:51

    stay at home and get safety 🙂


  9. Chris
    Mar 31, 2013 @ 10:58:56

    Reintro is just returning what we screwed up. If you want to walk your dog in wolf country, expect you and your dog to run into trouble. The parks aren’t your urban parks. They are home to wild animals. Respect them.


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