Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Yellowstone Bear World

We finally made it to Yellowstone Bear World after our earlier trip when it was closed and we are glad that we did. There is more to be seen than just bears as the site included bison, elk and a rare white elk, moose, mountain goats, deer, turkeys, petting zoo, amusement park and the requisite gift shop.

We have to admit that it was hard to get a good picture even at 5mph to get the right zoom and focus especially after we were told the black bears like to crawl into the bed of pickups. We just got our new cover and we were not about to take chances so we did not stop or roll down the windows. There are almost 50 bears at the site including some bear cubs who were removed from their mother at 6 weeks to protect them from the older males who would have killed them. Here are the bear cubs.

Here is the rare White Elk which are so rare that 1 in 6 million exist in the wild. An interesting fact is that the elk's antlers are the fastest known growing cells in the world and can grow up to 2 inches per day.

The American Bison is North America's largest animal.

Not really goats but members of the group known as goat-antelopes is the Mountain Goat.

But we came to see bears and did we ever. We have a lot more mental pictures than we took due to the difficulty in getting the right shot. But we think we did pretty good. We noticed a lot of the top halves of metal culverts that the bears use for shade. Here is a bear in one of the culverts.

Here are more bear pictures. The first one thinks our truck bed looks appealing :-)

If we had left when we had planned to with no broken window incident then we never would have seen this great place. Photos from this visit have been uploaded to Flickr.com in the Idaho Falls set.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo'

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