Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Yellowstone: June 4, Wednesday. Baby Moose, East Entrance, Alum Creek Lookout

We passed Hayden Valley on the way to check on the moose calf.

We drove just around the corner Elephant Head Inn, to the moose island, which is I between the Elephant Head sign for travelers going towards the park and the other sign for travelers going towards Cody. Both signs are on the north side of the road.

And learned that they had left the island.

Per National GeographicThe calves grow quickly and can outrun a person by the time they are just five days old. Young moose stay with their mothers until the following mating season, which is in September or October,

We were told that the mother comes there every year to have her calf. Maybe next year, we'll see her again. Per the National Park Service, they live about 20 years.

On the way back, we saw more tbighorn sheep.

We drove to the Lake General Store, took a picture of its bison.

Watched the lake through the rain storm, then returned to Canyon Village and tried to upload the blog posts. The posts are apparently too dense for my cellular plan so we gave up.

We went to the two lookout points south of Alumn Creek. We were told that wolves live on the center knoll. We looked. Everyone looked. No one saw a wolf.

But they did spot three grizzly bears, near the tree line.

I spotted something moving quickly across the field. I say, "Is there a road there?" Maybe it was cars. I look through my camera lens and discover that it is

elk running at top speed, towards a herd of buffalo

They ran past the buffalo.

joined a herd of elk and began grazing. Meanwhile, no wolves in sight and the grizzly bears were still grazing back below the trees.

The wolf people are hoping the wolves take an elk, so that they stay in the area. the elk people are hoping not.

Meanwhile, a little up the road the rangers are standing watch along the road, saying "It's a bad situation." An old, injured grizzly is behind the trees. From the road, he just looks like a brown spot. But, tourists are curious. (We found out later that it was a wounded 22 year old grizzly bear. His remains we're donated to a research facility.)

Despite the warning about fatalities, gorings by elk and bison we see people approaching bears, bison, and elk within 6 feet. I imagine that the ranger is right. the injured grizzly and tourists is a bad situation.

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