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Staying Safe Around Wildlife

 
You may have seen in recent weeks a variety of reports about tourists either harming animals or being harmed by animals at the National Parks, primarily Yellowstone. Whether or not a visitor intends to harm or provoke an animal, we want to help make you aware of the different types of precautions to take when attempting to interact with any animal in the National Parks.At parks like Yellowstone, you have a variety of animals to admire from little critters like badgers and foxes to larger mammals suck as moose, elk, and bison. There are in fact 67 different mammals that live in the national park according to the National Park Service.

When approaching bears or wolves on foot you want to keep a distance of about 100 yards, which makes up the length of a football field, while other wildlife such as elk and bison you want to maintain a distance of 25 yards, which is about half the length of a competition swimming pool. We always highly encourage all guests to either take a guided Wildlife Tour that takes frequent stops so you can snap photos of all the wildlife you see while being safely protected in the vehicle. If you’re driving through the wilderness at your leisure, please be sure to use the roadside pullouts and stay in your vehicle.

While it is always great to venture out on your own for a hike, all of our tour guides, for whatever venture you are planning on taking, are trained to understand the distance and normal reactions of the animals in the area and will always help to provide a safe environment so you can enjoy your trip out of danger.

You can do more research and learn about the dangers of wildlife and more at Yellowstone National Park on their website. They provide additional information such as how fast bison can sprint to food storage for protection from bears as well as information at other National Parks and Recreation areas about wildlife safety.

If you do stop by one of our properties this summer, please make it a safe one and be sure to inquire about everything from wildlife to ecological dangers in the area, we are always more than happy to help!

 

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