Wildlife in Teddy Roosevelt National Park

Since there seems to be a misconception that horses and wildlife can’t get along, I get excited when I see other animals in horse ranges. Although it was rainy, we had relatively good luck for wildlife sightings. The first impression when entering the park was the bison. As they lumbered by the road, they seemed to own the place. Despite looking peaceful as they lounged by the roadside, we were wary of the bison.

This guy was happily satisfying an itch.

This guy was happily satisfying an itch.

This bison was resting along the road.

This bison was resting along the road.

As we moved on, it didn’t take us long to find prairie dogs. We loved hearing their chirp and watching the scurry around their holes. We found their chirps and the way they scurried endearing, but we forced ourselves to move on. There were still several parts of the park to explore.

The prairie dogs provided ample opportunities for photorgaphy.

The prairie dogs provided ample opportunities for photography.

As we continued through the park, a bit of tawny fur caught my eye. There was a coyote in the distance, and as we turned around it came closer. It crossed the road behind us and did not seem at all concerned with the car. We watched it for a moment, but decided to move on.

The coyote was very close.

The coyote was very close.

Our next wildlife sighting was a pronghorn and her baby. In contrast to the coyote, she wanted nothing to do with us. We were already a distance away, but she led her baby further. Soon they were out of sight.

If you look closy you can see the baby behind its mom.

If you look closely you can see the baby behind its mom.

Even I only see one animal, I always get excited about wildlife. It shows the complexity of an ecosystem and can indicate the health of an area. I feel extremely lucky to see any wildlife, and my latest trip to Teddy Roosevelt National Park was no exception.

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