How many different mammals can you see in one day?

Trip Start Jun 18, 2008
Trip End Jun 25, 2008

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Today was our Wildlife day, a day that Kelly and Rebekah were really looking forward to!  After a tasty and filling breakfast buffet at the Mammoth Springs Resort Restaurant, we got onto the bus at 8:00am to head toward Yellowstone's Northern Range to look for some wolves.  The super nice benefit in participating with this Yellowstone for Families program is that they provided the telescopes and binoculars and without those, it wouldn't have been as interesting.  We would have had a tough time viewing several wolves, a coyote and two grizzly bears mating.  We returned to the cabin by 2:00pm, but no rest for the weary (except for Dave, whose body was not meant for high elevation and needed to rest).  As a requirement to become a Yellowstone Junior Ranger the kids had to attend a Ranger class.  Here, they learned the differences between a wolf and a coyote, how far they needed to be away from animals (75 yards away from Bears, 25 yards away from animals like Elk and Bison) and other misc questions people had about Yellowstone

We took a ride into Gardiner, MT which is only 5 miles away from the hotel and cabins.  Gardiner is where the main entrance used to be for Yellowstone and of course we had to take our picture in front of it.  After a quick bite of Pizza, we came back to the hotel to be picked up for an evening tour of Historic Buffalo Ranch (this is where they bred the buffalo (bison and buffalo are the same) in the early to mid 1900s to bring back up the count of the bison in Yellowstone.  It definitely worked, because we saw them EVERYWHERE.  In fact, on our first day in Yellowstone, we met up with a bison that was walking on OUR side of the road.  We stopped the car, but the bison kept walking toward it, until Kelly decided to veer off the road and drive around him.  We were not interested in having the bison become another passenger! Another mammal that was present everywhere was Elk and this was the season where they had velvet over their antlers.  Later in the summer, they'll shed their velvet to show the beautiful antlers that most people are accustomed to seeing.
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