Vacation, part 1: wildlife.

We saw moose.

Moose 

Yeah, you have already seen that one, but it is too good not to use again.

We saw antelope.

Antelope

That is suburban Buffalo, WY in the
far background.

Hey, lady, whatchew lookin' at?

Antelope 2

We saw mule deer.

Deer 

This one was grazing in the Big Horn
mountains a couple miles above our campground. They are hilarious when
they run — their legs turn into springs and they bounce, stiff-legged,
over the ground.

We saw buffalo.

Buffalo head 

Oops. That one was in the Many
Glacier
lodge
.

We saw live buffalo:

Buffalo 1 

Buffalo 2

This was just a small part — around 500 – 600 — of the entire herd of 2,500. The rest were in another valley not accessible to us.

See this guy?

Buffalo 3 

He was headed toward us. He — or his identical twin brother — was shortly thereafter was observed approaching the little road we were on. After we reached the end of the road a few minutes later, turned around, and were driving back, we looked for him again. This time, he was so close we could have reached out of the car and touched him.

But we didn't.

We kept driving and I didn't even get a photo. He was so close we didn't want to alarm him — he could have done major damage to us if he so chose.

Here is where we saw the buffalo:
Turner 1 

Can't read the sign? Try this:

Turner 2 

The buffalo are on Ted Turner's gazillion-acre ranch. We were spending the day with my cousin and wife, who retired near Bozeman, MT. Their property abuts the ranch.

Turner 3 

But we were not trespassing; we were on the public road that leads to a public campground. Because the latter is on the ranch, Ted has to let the public use the road.

Ted Turner anecdote related to us by my cousin: TT has a lovely house on the ranch but was unhappy with the view; he couldn't see the mountains well enough. So he had the top of a low ridge removed. All better now.

We saw ground animals.

Ground animal 1 

Four or five of these were grazing on
the lawn at Many Glacier lodge. Anybody want to educate me as to what they were? Prairie
dogs*? Whistler swans? Elk?

Ground animal 2

We saw more unidentified animals outside Many Glacier lodge.

Totem 1
Totem 2 

Well, upon closer inspection we can probably agree the lower part of the left one is a bear and the right one is a raptor. But in person I was too blown away by the visual even to attempt identification.

* None of the prairie dogs in Wikipedia have stripes on their tails like these.

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0 Responses to Vacation, part 1: wildlife.

  1. Vicki says:

    Critters!!

  2. Heather says:

    Those are great pictures! Looks like you had a really nice time.

  3. Kym says:

    What fun! I spent my adolescent years living in Wyoming (Cheyenne), so having antelope in the backyard does not seem so odd to me! Looks like you had a great Epic West vacation!!! (We stayed at a resort outside of Bozeman one summer — the name escapes me at the moment — that abutted the Turner ranch, too. I have photos of those same type of signs — and one with my kids “pretending” to search for Ted & Jane (they were still married then) on the property.)

  4. Mary Lou says:

    Now I know how I can get a better view of the Mississippi – cut the tops over my neighbors’ houses.

  5. Linda says:

    Great vacation pictures! The little critters you wondered about are gophers or Columbia ground squirrels. Did you see the movie Caddyshack with Bill Murray and Chevy Chase and gophers on the golf course?
    I’m glad you enjoyed your time in (my home state) Montana.

  6. gayle says:

    Love the critter pics!
    I guess removing the top of the ridge was easier than jacking up the house…

  7. Cookie says:

    Montana Meerkats, of course. ;^)

  8. Diane says:

    Those are mutant western raccoon squirrel prairie dogs….
    Money makes you look at the world funny….

  9. Erika says:

    Awesome pics!
    Those little guys pretty much all get called “gophers.” I think it might be a Columbian Ground Squirrel:
    http://www.wildlifenorthamerica.com/Mammal/Columbian-Ground-Squirrel/Spermophilus/columbianus.html

  10. Cats ‘n seagulls. That’s what I’ve got going on over here. Thanks for providing me with some different visuals. Excellent shots!

  11. Chris says:

    What? You didn’t get out and pet the buffalo?

  12. cursingmama says:

    Did you pet the buffalo at Many Glacier?
    SO envious of the moose….didn’t see a single one when we went to Glacier Park; saw some pretty awesome goat though.

  13. Lucia says:

    Once while driving in Maine we encountered a female moose walking in the same direction on the opposite side of the road. My husband slowed to moose-amble speed while I took all the pix I could get. In retrospect this may not have been wise.
    Your vac has been critterrific! Thanks for the great photos.

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