Exploring the Wildlife and Fishing In Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park is undoubtedly one of the most unique and alluring places in the United States. The enormous park encloses a variety of lakes, mountains, rivers, hot springs and more, spread across three states: Idaho, Montana and Wyoming in the United States. Perhaps the most engaging part, however, is how up close and personal you can get with the wildlife, and while there is so much to write about, we’ll be focusing on that experience here.
There are over three hundred different species that call Yellowstone and its surrounding areas their home, including a handful that are unique to the area.
Other than birds, that are seasonal and frequently nested, mammals are the most populous of animals here. According to their website, 67 different species of mammals call the park home, ranging from badgers, bears (black and grizzly), bobcats, cougars, wolverines, bison, elk, deer and bats. You can find the whole list here.
The Bison (pictured above meeting some tourists) are the unofficial mascots of the park, and Yellowstone is one of the only places where you can encounter one. As of August 2018, there was an estimated 4,527 of them living there. You are almost guaranteed to see one if you stay for at least a few hours.
If you are not scared of scaly, slimy reptiles and want to press your luck, there are 5 confirmed types of snakes to seek out. They are fairly populated overall in the area, but due to their small nature and their tendency to blend in, you’ll have to receive a bit of luck to see one.
Fishing is one of the prime experiences of interacting with nature in Yellowstone and is one of the most frequent reasons for visitors. There are countless streams, lakes and rivers to cast your luck for a catch. Fly Fishing is particularly popular here because of the trout populace, and the shallow streams.
You can learn more about the park entry fee and regulations to be followed here.
They are still getting a good amount of snow this part of the year, so now might be the time to plan a trip to Yellowstone instead of actually visiting, unless you want the true, sometimes freezing experience.
Written by Dallin Duffy
Edited by Aparna Pathak