Fall Wildlife Adventure in Yellowstone National Park – Photo Blog

Fall is one of the best times of year for wildlife viewing in Yellowstone National Park. September dates were chosen to maximize chances of seeing the park’s famous megafauna at their best: elk are bugling, bears are preparing for winter by stocking up on food, wolves are hunting in Lamar and Hayden Valleys, and herds of bison roam Yellowstone’s grasslands. Add resident birds and fall migration to the mix and you have the makings of a wildlife wonderland.

These photos were taken during a recent Reefs to Rockies group trip to Yellowstone in September 2013.

Least chipmunk feeding on a Douglas-fir cone.
Least chipmunk feeding on a Douglas-fir cone.
American dipper
American dipper
Male grizzly bear resting on/ protecting a bison carcass in Lamar Valley.
Male grizzly bear resting on/ protecting a bison carcass in Lamar Valley.
Female grizzly + three cubs on bison carcass in Lamar Valley.
Female grizzly + three cubs on bison carcass in Lamar Valley. Three wolves from the Junction Butte pack are behind the bears in the sagebrush.
Member of the Junction Butte wolf Pack in Lamar Valley.
Member of the Junction Butte wolf pack in Lamar Valley.
Bighorn sheep
Bighorn sheep
Bison wallowing
Bison wallowing
Bison
Bison
Coyote hunting voles.
Coyote hunting voles.
Wiley coyote?
Wiley coyote?