BY DAVID N. LEE, ECOTRIPS UNLIMITED… Continue Reading PUBLISHER.
“Hold up a second, and keep back!,” says Phil Knight, our good friend and Yellowstone wildlife guide. Just yards ahead of us, a herd of several
dozen shaggy beasts amble onto the road from West Yellowstone. Seeing bison in Yellowstone is always a thrill, even more so on bikes, with nothing but thin air between you and the huge creatures.
My wife, Pamela and I have joined Phil for a spring bike ride in the park. We chose to go in late April, since the snow has melted, yet the park isn’t open to cars. We have the road to ourselves – except for the bison.
BY PHIL KNIGHT
“Oh my gosh, this is incredible!” exclaims Bill H., one of my clients from Canberra, Australia. Like most people, Bill is overwhelmed at seeing his first grizzly bear. Actually, FOUR grizzly bears. Peering through a spotting scope, he is transfixed as he watches the bears enact an age-old drama high on Yellowstone National Park’s Specimen Ridge.
“Why are they running away?” asks Bill’s wife, Linda. She has noticed that three of the bears are making tracks away from the fourth, larger bear. After considering for a moment, I explain. It is mating season for grizzlies, and a large male bear has become interested in a female. Trouble is, she has two large, nearly grown cubs, and all… Continue Reading
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Anytime of year is great to see elk in Estes Park. Tucked in a mountain valley at 7,522 feet above sea level, the town serves as a gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park and is a perfect location to see many different wildlife species.
Elk are the main attraction and year round they can be found wandering anywhere from the middle of town to wooded and open areas around town.
Estes Park’s elk herd is relatively new, having been reintroduced in the early 1900s, following a time when elk were almost extinct due to overhunting. In 1913, elk were taken from Yellowstone National Park and reintroduced to Estes Park. Needless to say, the relocation was a Continue reading →