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26
Aug
14

Bison Die

In the photograph below you can see two brown shapes.  The one on the right is a dead bison.  How he died?  I do not know.  The brown shape to the left is a full-grown grizzly approaching for breakfast.

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Over the next several days many hundreds if not thousands of people gathered to watch the spectacle as grizzlies, wolves, birds and other carrion gathered to feast on this dead bison.

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25
Aug
14

Bison Wallow

During the Summer flies and mosquitoes pester the living hell out of every breathing thing in North America.  Bison have developed a method to rid themselves of these pests called wallowing.  The series of photos below shows a full-grown male bison wallowing in order to rid himself of pesky insects.

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24
Aug
14

Bison Swim

The Yellowstone River runs through the section of Yellowstone National Park near where I stayed at Bridge Bay Campground.  The Yellowstone River runs cold, fast and deep.  During the time I stayed in the area it claimed the lives of at least two people.

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I wasn’t surprised to see bison swimming across the Yellowstone, but it did give me some action to show in the photos.

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Full-grown male bison can weigh as much as 2000 pounds (over 900 kilos).

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From these photos you can see they sink almost completely under when they swim, with just their backs and their noses remaining out of the water.

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They are also powerful enough to swim straight across the river.  They didn’t drift with the current.

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Even the big bison below powered his way straight across the river.

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23
Aug
14

Bison Herd

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Above is an American Bison.  Bison are herd animals.  They derive security from gathering in herds to protect themselves from predators like wolves and bears.

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22
Aug
14

Early Bird Gets the…um Grizzly

A typical conversation about me usually gains a response something like this, “Oh, you’re a morning person.”  Followed by either a shaking head, rolling eyes or both.  What can I say?  I love morning light.  I think it is the best light of the day to shoot in and the critters are the most active then.  So my day begins at least by 6:00 AM and I’m generally done shooting by 9:30 AM.

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Sometimes that isn’t early enough.  This big grizzly bear had already been down to the river for his morning drink, crossed over the road I was on and was walking away from the road when I got there just before 7:00 AM.

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Of course being away from my camper so early has proven to have its disadvantages too.  While I was away, the morning I saw this grizzly bear, someone stole the flagpole from the front of my camper.  Seriously, you didn’t have to steal it.  If you needed it that badly, I would have given it to you.

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14
Aug
14

Elk: Grazing at Mammoth Hot Springs

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Elk gather near the Mammoth Hot Springs visitor center.

14
Aug
14

Elk in Yellowstone

Elk congregate in the Mammoth Hot Springs area.  I saw the signs before I saw the elk.  The signs stated, “DANGER” “Do not approach elk”.  I turned the corner and there they were.  Everywhere!  People that is.  About fifty elk had gathered on the clover lawns and busily grazed, while people left their cars and, in spite of the signs, approached the elk.  One group of people had approached one large female to within about ten feet.  I sat watching from inside my car as one of them turned with a very satisfied and proud look after taking a picture.  He seemed so proud of himself.  I guess I mumbled out loud because after I heard myself say, “You’re going to get your ass stomped dumbass.”  All five of them got a serious look on their face and immediately took a few steps away from the elk.

Seriously folks, they are wild animals.  Just because they are used to humans doesn’t mean they are tame.  It means they have lost their natural fear of humans and if you get too close or they perceive you as a threat, they will react the way a wild animal reacts.  I hope getting charged by a wild animal that weighs around five hundred pounds (225 kilos) doesn’t hurt too much, but it probably will.  Oh and the big bull males go about 700 pounds (over 300 kilos).  If you want to get a nice close-up, buy yourself a nice telephoto lens and do yourself and the wildlife a favor.

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