Winter Wildlife Safari in Jackson, WY

“I’d like to see elk and bison” I told our hosts in Jackson, WY. “Dead or alive?” they asked ๐Ÿ‚ “Umm both…the dead elk in tenderloin form IF possible.” ๐Ÿ–๐ŸŒฎ #elktacos #elknachos #elkeverything Little did I know a few hours later we would encounter elk hunters by the side of the road who had just shot and gutted a buck…

We arrived in Jackson, Wyoming in the midst of a winter snowstorm and while the bottom of the mountain was all rain and slush, on the top of the mountain the wind was blowing sideways. #doubletrouble Our hosts recommended we go wildlife watching for the day until the storm passed. #youhaventseenwinduntilyouareinwyoming

So off we went, to the Elk Refuge, to Grand Teton National Park on the only open road in winter to see bison, and deep into the woods to spot moose! #wentlooseformoose I loved wildlife watching so much I returned next Fall and went to Yellowstone National Park to see Mr Grizzly Bear (oh so fluffy :-), spot more elk and bison, and even have a close encounter with a pretty Mr Fox in town (who was lucky enough not to become my winter scarf ๐Ÿ™‚ And elk and bison steak medium rare are to die for… #literally

Mr. Grizzly Bear โค Keep your distance, 100ft at least!

Elk Crossing ๐Ÿ™‚

I waited for probably 30min for the whole herd to cross the road and safely make it to the trees on the other side ๐Ÿ™‚

Observing herd patterns and movement in Fall – lead buck, lead cow, second buck, etc.

A preserved homestead on the Elk Refuge

“Rule of thumb” for safe distance when moose watching – if bigger than your thumb you are too close! Next winter baby moose (very dumb ๐Ÿ™‚ ) charged my massive SUV twice – not fun, yet picturesque โค

Bighorn sheep licking mag chloride off the car – long time ago salt was used to deice the roads and the sheep still think that the chemicals we use nowadays are salt. They stopped using salt for 2 reasons: 1) cars rust and lose their value, 2) animals come onto the roads to lick it causing accidents.
Having lived on the East Coast where salt is still the substance used to spray on the roads, I can tell you mag chloride doesn’t work that well, BUT it saves a lot of wildlife lives!

Chase her like you mean it ๐Ÿ™‚ Can you spot the male sheep chasing the female?ย Finding Waldo (bighorn sheep I mean)

Bison crossing ๐Ÿ™‚ (Even more dangerous than moose, be VERY VERY careful)


Bison don’t mind the cold


Found a hitchhiker in the storm ๐Ÿ™‚

Winter wonderland

-30F at 6am and steam rising off the river #whenairiscolderthanwater


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