Wildlife, Yellowstone National Park

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    The wildlife can be dangerous

    by slabeaume Written Apr 24, 2003
    brown bear

    The wildlife is amazing. There are herds of buffalo, elk, deer, ... . But the animal that really seems to get everyone's attention is the bear. Cars stop whereever they are -- in the middle of the road and people get out to gaze at the bear. It's amazing how quickly a park ranger appears to get people back in their cars and on their way again.

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    Wildlife... means.. "Wild"

    by bct341 Updated Apr 20, 2003

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    Buffalo

    Wild animals, especially females with young, are unpredictable. Keep a safe distance from all wildlife. Each year a number of park visitors are injured by wildlife when approaching too closely. Approaching on foot within 100 yards (91 m) of bears or within 25 yards (23 m) of other wildlife is prohibited. Please use roadside pullouts when viewing wildlife. Use binoculars or telephoto lenses for safe viewing and to avoid disturbing them. By being sensitive to its needs, you will see more of an animal's natural behavior and activity. If you cause an animal to move, you are too close

    All of Yellowstone is bear country. Bears may appear tolerant of people but are known to attack without warning. Do not approach bears! Feeding wildlife is unlawful. Never leave food or garbage unattended. To decrease the likelihood of personal injury, store all food and cooking utensils in a secure place. Backcountry use may be restricted in some areas to reduce human related impacts on bears in high density grizzly bear habitat.

    Make bears aware of your presence on trails by making loud noises such as shouting or singing. This lessens the chance of sudden encounters, which are the cause of most bear-caused human injuries in the park. Hike in groups and use caution where vision is obstructed.

    * Do not hike after dark.
    * Avoid carcasses; bears often defend this
    source of food.

    If you encounter a bear, do not run. Bears can run over 30 miles per hour, or 44 feet per second, faster than Olympic sprinters. Running may elicit an attack from otherwise non-aggressive bears. If the bear is unaware of you, detour away from the bear. If the bear is aware of you and nearby, but has not acted aggressively, slowly back away.

    Tree climbing to avoid bears is popular advice but not very practical in many circumstances. All black bears, all grizzly cubs, and some adult grizzlies can climb trees. Running to a tree may provoke an otherwise uncertain bear to chase you.

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    Extreme Caution

    by goingsolo Written Feb 26, 2003
    don't let this happen to you!

    Wild animals, especially females with young, are unpredictable. Keep a safe distance from all wildlife. Each year a number of park visitors are injured by wildlife when approaching too closely. Approaching on foot within 100 yards (91 m) of bears or within 25 yards (23 m) of other wildlife is prohibited. Please use roadside pullouts when viewing wildlife. Use binoculars or telephoto lenses for safe viewing and to avoid disturbing them. By being sensitive to its needs, you will see more of an animal's natural behavior and activity. If you cause an animal to move, you are too close!

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    And don't forget the bisons....

    by sim1 Updated Jan 14, 2003

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    And don't forget the bisons.... how did I get out of there alive???

    Many thanks for these cartoons to the official newspaper of Yellowstone National Park 'The Yellowstone Today'.

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    Be Aware - Wildlife is Wild

    by mrclay2000 Written Dec 27, 2002

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    flyer given when entering Yellowstone

    A bear sow with cubs or a free-roving buffalo is liable to be your worst nightmare if you come too close. For that matter anything with horns can do a lot of damage to your person, and anything that customarily weighs 2,000 pounds can have a terrible influence on your car.

    Be sure to give all animals in Yellowstone a wide berth. Don't even feed peanuts to the squirrels. Keep wildlife wild.

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  • buffalo

    by TOAD5251 Written Dec 24, 2008

    We ran into several buffalo herds. People were walking right out to them and the buffalo charged them.Be careful

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    Wild Wildlife

    by TimDaoust Written Apr 15, 2005

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    Moose

    You are warned pretty much to leave the animals be. This guy doesn't look that threatening but you never know so bring a telephoto lens and keep your distance.

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    Drive the posted limit in the park at all times.

    by GreenMtn.Man Updated May 5, 2003

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    lOOk out

    Animal crossing consist of the whole park , dont know about you but I would not want to explain to the Ranger my speeding and killing of wildlife.

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    • Photography

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    Keep your distance from wildlife!

    by worldtrekker Written Feb 20, 2003

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    Check out the video clip on the following link to see what happens when you get too close...
    http://www.nps.gov/yell/kidstuff/testknow/images/bisongor.htm

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    Park sign 'there is no guarantee of your safety'

    by sunnywong Written Nov 1, 2002

    Park ranger highly recommand hiking and camping in parties of 3 or more and staying on maintained trails.

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    Large Bull Moose

    by bdbrewer Written Sep 2, 2002
    Bull Moose

    Fortunately, these creatures are somewhat more shy of people and tend to stay away from you. They are much larger than a cow. They are not your friendly Mr. Bull Winkle

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    Wild Animals (Coyote)

    by bdbrewer Written Aug 31, 2002
    Not Your Little

    These coyote's are seen if you look quickly enough. They are in the most desolate areas, but will come into the populated areas if hungry.

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