Pictures From America 2

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Elk were roaming free around Mammoth Springs inside Yellowstone National Park, passing through peoples gardens and across the street. Best not to get too close or they may charge you, or at least bugle.

The Buffalo were seen in large herds, sweeping majestically across the plains, or across the roads causing minor traffic jams.

Bull Elk at Mammoth Springs, Yellowstone
American Buffalo, also known as Bison, range from 5 to 6.5 feet in length and weigh 900 to 2200 pounds. They can live up to 15 years, and eat grasses and sedges, roaming continuously to avoid overgrazing an area. They live in herds of between 20 to 50 animals lead by the cows, the bulls live solitary or in small groups for most of the year. Buffalo roam great distances in the wild, and can reach speeds of up to 30mph. Around 16,000 roam freely in Yellowstone, out of a US population of 250,000 animals.
Bull Elk having a head-to-head Buffalo or Bison
Grizzly Bears weigh between 250-800 pounds, and attain a height of up to 8 feet when standing on their hind legs. They can reach speeds of 35-40 mph and can live up to 30 years in the wild. Food consists of nuts, berries, insects, mammals and salmon. They live by themselves, except during mating season, and the cubs, one or two to a litter, stay with their mother for 2 years.  Gray Wolf
Gray Wolves are the largest member of the canine family. They range in height from 26-32 inches at the shoulder, and weigh from 55 to 115 pounds. They eat large hoofed animals such as deer, elk or buffalo, occasionally small mammals like rabbits and beavers, but generally kill weak, young or old animals. They live and hunt in packs and function according to a hierarchy of dominant and subordinate members, based around the breeding adult pair (alpha male and female), and their offspring. Scent, markings, vocalizations (howling), facial and body expressions are their means of communication.

Although re-introduced into the park in 1995, we saw no gray wolves in the wild on our trip. However, at West Yellowstone there is the Grizzly Discovery Center, and a large pack of Gray Wolves could be seen in a well designed compound. Grizzly Bears were also kept safe and sound in their own area, and could be seen rooting for bugs in the fallen logs bought to them regularly, or having a friendly bear-hug.

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