Best Time to Spot Wildlife at Yellowstone

For the best time to visit Yellowstone for wildlife, we list the animals you might see each month of the year at the park.


Wildlife Viewing Tips

– As a general rule, if an    animal reacts to your    presence, you’re too    close.  – When possible, hike in    groups of at least 3    people.

Wildlife Viewing Tips

– Stay inside or close to your car when observing bears. – You must stay at least 100 yards from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards from all other animals, including birds.

February Wildlife in Yellowstone

Mating season begins for wolves and coyotes, as well as nesting season for great horned owls. Keep an eye out for otters along the banks of the rivers.

April Wildlife in Yellowstone

In April, you’ll see bison calves along the northern end of the park. These calves are also called ‘red dogs’ because of their bright rusty orange coats.

June Wildlife in Yellowstone

Bears, elk, wolves, bison, moose, marmots, pronghorn, bighorn sheep and more are raising babies in June. 

August Wildlife in Yellowstone

Lamar Valley to Cooke City and Beartooth Highway are home to many animals: bison, elk, bear, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, coyote, fox, and badgers!

October Wildlife in Yellowstone

Bison, elk, deer and other creatures build up coats of fur or feathers and are preparing thier dens and bodies for the winter.

December Wildlife in Yellowstone

Since the park is again a landscape of white snow, it’s easier to see bison, elk, foxes, coyotes, and wolves that stay in the park during the winter.

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