Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
After the ice sheet on Yellowstone Lake breaks up in May and grinds downstream beneath Fishing Bridge, you can witness a spawning frenzy. Cutthroat trout lay millions of eggs in the riverbed gravel within sight of the bridge. Spawning season has a powerful effect on other wildlife in the Fishing Bridge area, as a variety of birds and animals are drawn to the feast.
Ospreys dive for immature cutthroats less than 13 inches long; pelicans take adult fish. Looking for seasonal protein, grizzly bears snatch spawning trout.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 34.03′ N, 110° 22.974′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on E Entrance Road (U.S. 14) 0.3 miles east of Grand Loop Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Off the Hook (here, next to this marker); Why is there no fishing from Fishing Bridge? (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilderness Architecture (approx. 0.4 miles away); Leaping the Rapids Black Dragonís Caldron (approx. 4.5 miles away); Churning Caldron (approx. 4.5 miles away); Mud Geyser (approx. 4.6 miles away); Cooking Hillside (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. A picture of two cutthroat trout appears at the bottom of the marker. A photo of a bald eagle at the upper right of the marker has a caption of “So much depends on a healthy, spawning population of cutthroat trout.”
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