When we visited Yellowstone National Park over the 4th of July in 2008, I was astonished by two things. First, that Yellowstone is big enough to comfortably accommodate even the largest summer holiday crowd. Second, the park is full of wildlife that can be seen readily from the main roads. Here are some of the animals we spotted in Yellowstone National Park.
Wildlife sightings are exciting, especially for city dwellers like us. Here are three important safety tips to keep in mind:
- Always respect the animal’s space. The wildlife of Yellowstone seem tame because they are used to cars and people, but they are unpredictable. Bears, bison and other animals have injured and killed tourists. Even those adorable little chipmunks can give nasty bites.
- Never feed wildlife, and follow park rules about storing and disposing of food. Yellowstone has special bear-proof garbage cans at picnic and camp sites. Use them. These time-tested rules are in place to protect both tourists and animals.
- Drive safely. Yellowstone can be a busy park and an auto accident will ruin a vacation, or worse. Pay attention to the road when driving and pull out of the way of traffic if you want to stop for a better look at the wildlife.
This post appeared in The Beauty of Nature Travel blog roundup at GreenGlobalTravel.com in April 2013.