Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Seasons of the Range
A Time of Renewal
Northern range wildlife grow strong in spring after a long, cold winter. Melting snow and rain turn the landscape green and lush. Bears emerge hungry from their winter dens, eager to feed on roots and grasses, winter-killed carcasses, and sometimes elk or bison calves.
The Living is Easy
Summer is short – by August the grass is dry and brown. Bison and a few elk graze in the meadows, but most of the elk are higher in the mountains where the plants are still green. Coyotes are often seen hunting for small mammals. Birds are everywhere, singing and soaring high on thermal winds.
In the warm days and crisp, cool nights of fall, the aspens turn golden and snow falls on the mountain peaks. The bugling of bull elk is a common sound as the herds return to the valleys for their mating season. All the animals are busy eating and storing fat for the lean winter days ahead.
A Long Winter
When temperatures drop, large herds of elk and bison make their winter home in these spacious valleys. The snow is not quite as deep here as in the rest of the park. For many months these hardy mammals dig through the snow to eat hidden forage. Wolves hunt among these herds, moving easily on top of the snow because of their large paws.
Location. 44° 57.653′ N, 110° 33.992′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker can be reached from Upper Grand Loop Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Forces of the Northern Range Trail. 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 walking distance of this marker. Trembling Aspens (here, next to this marker); Fire – A Fundamental Force (within shouting distance of this marker); What’s Blooming? (within shouting distance of this marker); The Forest that Needs Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); The Land Tells the Story (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wolf Tracks (about 300 feet away); A Wildlife Paradise (about 300 feet away); Glacial Boulder (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. Photographs on the marker depict various animals in the four seasons.
Categories. • Animals •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 23, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 169 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 23, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.