Best Time to
to See Wildlife
If you’re wondering the best time to visit Yellowstone for wildlife, we list the animals you’ll see each month of the year at the park.
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Since the park is covered with a blanket of white snow, it’s easier to see the bison, elk, foxes, coyotes, and wolves
Due to the harsh winter, elk and bison carcasses provide food for bald eagles, coyotes, foxes, ravens and wolves.
May is an amazing time for wildlife babies: bear cubs, elk calves, and wolf pups begin to be seen throughout the park in the vibrant green meadows.
Yellowstone Wildlife in May
Most wildlife heads up to high mountain elevations during the summer. You might need to use a spotting scope to see some of the wildlife this time of year. Mountain goats can be seen along the Beartooth Highway drive!
in July & August
Around the second week of September, you’ll begin to hear the high pitched bugle of bull elk signaling the elk rut! The town of Mammoth is a terrific place to watch the male elk exert their dominance.
In the winter it's easier to see the animals against the white snow. Look for bison, elk, foxes, coyotes, and wolves that stay in the park during the winter.
in the Winter Months
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