Yellow Stone Park is famous for its abundant and varied wildlife some of the most beautiful and captivating creatures make their homes in Yellow Stone Park. Yellow Stone Park animals include the big horn sheep, coyotes, bob cats, bears wolves, mountain lions, bison and elk. If you are an avid bird watcher or fish observer, Yellowstone has those creatures as well. Although the park is not primary destination for bird watchers, it does offer some species of birds that are indigenous only to that area of the North America. The two areas that have the richest diversity of Yellowstone National Park animals are Lamar Valley, which is half an hour from Roosevelt, Hayden Valley located between Canyon and Lake Villages.
When viewing Yellowstone National Park animals on your own there are rules that must be adhered to. These rules are in place for the safety of the park patrons and the safety of the animals that make Yellow Stone Park their home. These Rules are:
Don't Approach or Attempt to Feed Wildlife
Disturbing or Harassing Animals is strictly forbidden,
Stay on marked paths only
One animal to observe at a safe distance is the bison. The bison may seem slow and harmless much like a domestic cow, however, these Yellowstone Park creatures are not. They are known for their unpredictable behavior. A Yellowstone Park bison typically weights up to 2000 pounds and can run up to 30 mph that is three times as fast as a human, agitating it is not be recommended.
Every year visitors who have came too close to a bison have been gored, and on a few occasions individuals have died from their encounters. The same can be said with Yellowstone Park bears. Bears are wonderful and beautiful creatures at a safe distance. Be sure to remember the Yellowstone Park rules as these animals are in the wild and not in a zoo. Upon entering Yellowstone, makes sure to get information on how to avoid and safely view bears. This information is available at any visitor's center upon request.
Wolves in Yellow Stone are one of the most spectacular sights in the world; recently their numbers have been declining more and more. Wolves in Yellow Stone tend to run in packs of up to 8. These packs are their natural way to behave and hunt for food. Under no circumstance, is a park visitor to come closer than 100 yards from a Wolf. If you bring your domesticated dog to the park, the animal must remain on a leash or in a vehicle at all times. This prevents the wolves in Yellowstone and other animals and the patron from being harmed by the indigenous wolves in Yellow Stone.
There are guided animal tours provided by the park at certain times of year, this is a safe and comfortable way to view the animals. You will also have the added expertise and knowledge of a guide in case a situation does arise. When visiting Yellowstone if you stay on the marked walking and driving paths and adhere to the rules of the park you can view some of the most amazing creatures Wyoming has to offer.