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Some of the Different Animals in Yellowstone National Park

Updated on January 11, 2014

Animals in the distance

You train your eyes to search the hills and valleys.  In the distance, you can see herds of them together.
You train your eyes to search the hills and valleys. In the distance, you can see herds of them together. | Source

Bison

These bison were walking around, and grunting a lot!
These bison were walking around, and grunting a lot! | Source
A big, friendly crow.
A big, friendly crow. | Source

Bull Elk

This bull elk was amazing to see as close as we did.
This bull elk was amazing to see as close as we did. | Source

Cute Little Chipmunk

He was the cutest little chipmunk!
He was the cutest little chipmunk! | Source

Little Black Bear

Another view of the black bear.
Another view of the black bear. | Source

Beautiful and Amazing Wildlife In Yellowstone National Park!

Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park

Crows and Other Birds - We saw many birds, but this large black crow had to be one of the biggest personalities I ever witnessed in a wild bird. We ended up spending some time with him, and people aren't really supposed to feed the wildlife. Lets put it this way, you could tell he was well trained, at least to some degree, that people = food! He was begging me to take his picture pretty much, so I obliged!

Chipmunks - These had to be some of the smallest, yet cutest little animals we saw while in Yellowstone National park. Look at their stripes, aren't they almost pretty? The colors alone, very beautiful! They would scurry about, here and there, and really caught my eye. I was thrilled to capture him a few times with my camera!

Black Bears - These bears we saw in Yellowstone, helped to solidify that they are a favorite animal of my oldest son. We all loved them however, and our excitement almost knew no bounds, to get so close to these bears, while not getting reckless by getting closer than we ought. These bears spent the majority of the time we saw them, foraging for food among the grasses wherever they were.

Elk - These animals were quite impressive, I must say! I found out something interesting about them from a friend. Evidently, the Native American term is Waapiti for these animals. That translates into "white rump." If you get close enough, you can see why they called them this!

Bison - Perhaps my own most favorite, besides the baby cub with its mother, were these incredibly huge bison! Wow, talk about an amazing animal! It was such a joy to also hear the sounds they made. One decided to walk up a hill, and a couple others followed. Later, one of them kind of fell on their side, and rolled in the dust. It was quite the spectacle, and I had to wonder what he was doing that for, as it could have been a few reasons he would do this.

If you ever get the chance to go to Yellowstone, you will likely observe what we did, or perhaps you did in the past. I am referring here to the idea of coming upon a large group of people, all looking to see some animal or group of animals, near or far. At the same time, often you can hear the strong warning of Forest Rangers asking kids and adults to always back off. There have been too many accidents where even a bison gored a person, etc. Its not a good thing to get to bold, or close.

We knew instinctively, to not try to get in closer to the bear with her cub! Can you imagine that? We also saw more wildlife, but couldn't capture it all. You can get the idea from this picture gallery, some of what amazing Yellowstone offers. If you have never been, it is a place worth going if you ever get the chance. I truly loved it there, and could have spent a long time in Yellowstone.

Looking back on this perhaps once in a lifetime trip, I have to say that the animals we encountered and were a huge part of the memories from our special time there. It is a joy to see what animals live in different parts of the country. The views alone were great enough, and the animals were just an extra plus!

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Chipmunk

Another shot of the cute little chipmunk!  Look at the pattern on his fur.
Another shot of the cute little chipmunk! Look at the pattern on his fur. | Source

Black Bear on the Hillside

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Elk

The Native american term is Waapiti. Which translates to "white rump."  Such beautiful creatures, these elk are!
The Native american term is Waapiti. Which translates to "white rump." Such beautiful creatures, these elk are! | Source

American Bison

It was so amazing to see these Bison so close up!  We were simply thrilled!
It was so amazing to see these Bison so close up! We were simply thrilled! | Source
If you keep your eyes open, you will see wildlife all around you!
If you keep your eyes open, you will see wildlife all around you! | Source

Deer or Elk

More deer or elk across this river.  It was just so beautiful.
More deer or elk across this river. It was just so beautiful. | Source

Bison

More Bison, toward the end of the day.  They were actually so beautiful to see.
More Bison, toward the end of the day. They were actually so beautiful to see. | Source

Mama and Baby Bear

You can see light reflecting off of their eyes, so neat!  It was getting dark fast, I was lucky to get this.
You can see light reflecting off of their eyes, so neat! It was getting dark fast, I was lucky to get this. | Source

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Mary! I sure do hope you get to go to Yellowstone one day. It is beautiful and interesting in so many ways. I am glad my hub makes you want to go even more. There is so much beauty to see in the USA.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Yellowstone is one place I've always wanted to visit, but never have. One of these days.....Your Hub makes me want to go even more!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Australia, thank you so much for your kind words, and I am glad you liked the photos of Yellowstone. I hope that one day you get to travel there, its so beautiful and one feels very close to the beauty of nature in a way that is wonderful and can't be avoided.

      I am assuming you are from Australia, and that is a place I so hope to visit one day!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Billy, I can see why you would say it was almost a religious experience, the animals and nature in Yellowstone National Park. That feeling you described as you looked out at the sunset that one night, is one of the best feelings in the world. I think I kind of know what you mean, and its so lovely.

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      aboutaustralia 

      6 years ago from Newcastle, New South Wales

      Great pictures of the wildlife and landscapes. Found your hub very interesting indeed! Would love to travel there one day :) Sharon

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ocean, it was almost a religious experience for me. I stood looking out over Hayden Valley one night at sunset and I felt like I was as close to heaven as I will ever be.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Unknown, I thought the little chipmunk was super cute, and had quite the little fur coat on there! I am glad you liked the photos of Yellowstone. I could have taken more and more for many more days!

      Thanks for your comment here. I appreciate it.

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Billy, Its so great to hear you liked the photos of your favorite place on Earth, Yellowstone! I can see why it is your favorite place, and why you would want to go back every year. I wish I could do that as well. We absolutely loved it, truly. Its a remarkable place, and there is something very special about it for sure.

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      IAmForbidden 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow! the little chipmunk is very cute indeed! very beautiful pictures of Yellowstone.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Spectacular pictures of my favorite place on Earth. I try to go there every year and worked there at one time. Well done!

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