Springtime in Yellowstone
The spring season is popular with our visitors. It’s a great time to view wildlife, and especially the animal babies! It’s a perfect time of year to spot babies and mothers in their natural habitat, providing lots of good opportunities for exceptional photography.
The black bear is one of the most frequently spotted animals in Yellowstone. There are somewhere between 8oo and 1,300 bears that currently live in the park. This includes not only black bears, but also the larger grizzly bears. The months of January and February are when black bears usually give birth to their one or two cubs. When the cubs toddle out of the den at two to three months of age, they weigh between four and six pounds. They begin to eat solid food when their teeth develop late in the spring, and they continue to nurse until fall.
Another species to look for is the bighorn sheep. Ewes typically have one lamb in May, most often in the park’s higher elevations, where they are relatively safe from predators. In the late fall and early winter is when visitors can sometimes get a look at the male bighorn sheep, who challenge each other in a head-butting competition that is a sight unlike any other in the park.
Spring and early summer is the time to be on the lookout for Yellowstone’s next generation of animals. The keen observer will also catch glimpses of elk and bison calves, pronghorn antelope babies, and maybe some gray wolf cubs.
Just a reminder, even though these baby animals are awfully cute, it’s never a good idea to approach them. Mother animals of all kinds are extremely protective and unpredictable. They will fiercely defend their young if they think they are threatened.
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