Wildlife of Grand Teton National Park
Wyoming Travel News ( Press Release )
Grand Teton National Park's Four-legged and Winged Residents
Provide Educational Opportunities, Incredible Memories for Visitors
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA: Spring and early summer
in Grand Teton National Park is the best time of the year to spot
wildlife, and visitors to Grand Teton National Park during the months of
May and June are virtually guaranteed to observe the park's incredible
mammals and birds even if they don't venture into the backcountry.
Wyoming's 310,000-acre park - located in the northwest corner of the
state - has been called the best place for wildlife-viewing in the
Wildlife Abounds in Grand Teton National Park
Among the mammals and birds that make their home in Grand Teton National
Park are elk, moose, mule deer, pronghorn antelope, bison, wolves, black
and grizzly bears, bighorn sheep, coyotes, bald and golden eagles, white
pelicans, woodpeckers, prairie falcons, trumpeter swans and sandhill
cranes. In all, there are 17 species of carnivorous mammals, six species
of hoofed mammals, three species of rabbits and hares, six species of
bats, four species of reptiles, 22 species of rodents, five species of
amphibians, 16 species of fish and more than 300 species of birds.
"A visitor to Grand Teton National Park isn't likely to soon forget the
memory of a moose and her newly born calf lounging in the willows near
Jackson Lake Lodge or an elk cow shepherding her calf through the Snake
River bottomlands," said John Rutter, senior vice president and chief
operating officer of Grand Teton Lodge Company. "Grand Teton National
Park is a haven for wildlife of many kinds, and the employees of Grand
Teton Lodge Company are dedicated to teaching guests how to observe the
park's incredible creatures in the safest, most memorable ways."
In the spring and early summer, many of the park's most fascinating
mammals are birthing. Elk, moose, pronghorn antelope and bison calve
during the months of May and June. These young, often playful arrivals
to the park provide visitors with an appreciation of family values,
mammal-style. The baby calves follow their mothers on wobbly legs while
the elders nurse their young and gently encourage conformity to their
species' particular version of park life.
Often, the mothers are quick to defend their young, making spring and
early summer a potentially dangerous place for unaware human visitors.
Moose and bison will charge humans if they perceive danger to their
young or feel threatened or cornered.
Den-bound bears give birth in January and February, and then emerge from
their dens with their young in April and May. Most black bear mothers
have two cubs at a time. Unlike some other species, there is a
relatively low mortality rate among bear cubs, primarily because the
young are precocious and generally receive excellent maternal care.
Moose and More Moose
Moose are also abundant in Grand Teton National Park, and young moose,
with their gangly appearance and ungraceful gait, are a particular
favorite among springtime wildlife-watchers. Powerful bull moose can
stand as high as 6«« feet and weigh as much as 1,300 pounds. The largest
members of the deer family, moose are known for their distinctive high
shoulder hump and the "bell" of skin and hair that hang from the throat.
They enjoy willow bottoms, sloughs and beaver ponds and are commonly
seen along water courses and forested uplands in warmer months.
"There is an incredible amount of animal activity in the park when the
lodges open for the summer season, and many of our employees believe
that spring is the best time of the year for watching animals," said
Rutter. "It's also a beautiful season, when wildflowers begin to spring
from the ground and the grass begins to turn green."
Grand Teton Lodge Company manages lodging, restaurants, tours and
activities at Jackson Lake Lodge, Jenny Lake Lodge and Colter Bay
Village as well as the Jackson Hole Golf & Tennis Club in Jackson, Wyoming.
Jackson Lake Lodge opens on Friday, May 21, and Jenny Lake Lodge and
Colter Bay Village cabins and RV Park open Friday, May 28.
For more information or to make reservations, call 307-543-3100 or visit
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