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Wildlife, Yellowstone National Park: 43 reviews and 57 photos

  Too close, should this elk suddenly charge.
by KimberlyAnn
 
  • Too close, should this elk suddenly charge. - Yellowstone National Park
      Too close, should this elk suddenly charge.
    by KimberlyAnn
  • Moose and a Rule Breaker - Yellowstone National Park
      Moose and a Rule Breaker
    by KimberlyAnn
 

See this stupid tourist! That is what we locals will think if we see you acting like this. Ok, you have read a few of my warnings by now. Time for a short Quiz: What is this woman doing wrong?
Answer: She is way too close to the wildlife! This moose, should he decide can easily take her and her camera out, and there is no way she could outrun him! You will see lots of warnings about the danger of the wildlife. PLEASE obey them for your sake, and the animals!

There are a number of roadside and driving rules in the park. Do not stop your vehicle in the middle of the road to view wildlife. Park in turnoffs if possible, or pull off on the shoulder of the road. You are required to be completely off the paved roadway. It is best to stay inside your vehicle. I must confess I have broken this rule a number of times, but I do pay attention to the park suggestion that if you do get out, you stay nearby your car so that you can get inside quickly if the animal approaches or charges you. The lady in the photo did not have a telephoto lens, so she simply marched across the field to get that closer view. I am glad to report that she got away with it this time, as the moose simply went on his way, but this doesn't mean you will be so lucky. Do not surround or block an animal's line of travel, chances are he will keep coming, so guess who is going to be run down? You! Do not run or make sudden movements as this may provoke an attack. Animals have even been known to attack cars, a bull elk or bull buffalo can sure do some damage to your vehicle. When one car stops, others will follow. Watch the other people in the area to be sure they are not putting you in danger by breaking the rules that you are smart enough to understand and obey. Take your look, then move on so that others may have your parking spot to enjoy viewing the animals also. Your consideration in this matter will also help to prevent traffic congestion caused by wildlife watchers, also known as as wildlife jams.

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  • Updated Apr 23, 2015
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