Dale, our photographer/guide picked us up at 5:30 AM, and we headed out into the chilly morning. There was a bit of a drive to get to the areas where he thought we would have the best luck in finding bears. We saw our first grizzly at Hayden Valley at 7:06 AM at the Narrows. She was different shades of brown and beautiful. Next, we headed over to Bridge Bay and saw a great gray owl. It was the first time we had ever seen one!
The next grizzly we saw was at Steamboat Point near Indian Pond. It was browner than the first grizzly we had seen. We took photos of it and of a bison taking a dust bath. Then we drove over to Mud Volcano and saw a male grizzly grazing in the grassy area. We drove a couple of miles up the road and saw another grizzly with red ear-tags in the snow at Hayden Valley. There were ravens and a sandhill crane that were pretty close to it, but they didn’t seem to be concerned with the bear. The grizzly was occupied digging up roots and looking for ants and caches that were stored by uintas or pocket gophers . We went back to Gardiner for lunch at Cowboy’s Grill. The breaded pork tenderloin was really good. After lunch, Dale took us to Rosie’s Meadow. It’s just below the parking lot for Calcite Springs. Black bears have been raising their young there since the 1920’s. The bear that takes up residence there is always known as Rosie, because of proximity to Roosevelt Lodge. We saw Rosie grazing in the green grass! We headed on and saw another black bear at Elk Creek. Then we went out to Little America (between Specimen Ridge and Slough Creek) and saw some very playful baby bison, which are known as red dogs. They were nursing and being rambunctious. We also took photos of some pronghorn antelope in the late afternoon sun. We headed back and saw a black bear lying on a carcass at Blacktail Deer Plateau. It was hunkered down under a tree, so after we watched for a bit, we decided to call it a day. ~ Mary & Mark
Siting List: 4 grizzlies, 3 black bears
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