Even though there are plenty of warm sunny days here in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country, I would like to announce that summer is officially making way for fall. And that’s great news for our wildlife-loving visitors, because fall is the best time of the year to see critters in action.
Here are five tips related to wildlife watching:
Look for elk. We are in the midst of “rutting” season where bull elk are attempting to impress potential mates. If you hear their distinctive bugling sound or happen to see two bulls doing battle, it’s all about mating season.
And the wolves. Since elk are their primary food source, wolves tend to follow the migration patterns of elk. In the warmer summer months, both species head to higher elevations. As the temperatures drop, they begin to show up more often at areas like the Hayden and Lamar Valleys in Yellowstone National Park.
See the bears eat, eat and eat. If you ever wondered how bears make it through the winter without eating, be assured that in the fall they consume prodigious amounts of calories preparing for hibernation. During this period called “hyperphagia” bears consume up to 20,000 calories per day.
Go fishing. We are blessed with more than our fair share of some of the best trout streams in the world. Experienced anglers are frequent visitors, but those new to fly fishing have found Cody’s guides to be great teachers who can take credit for generating new converts every year.
More wildlife. Other wildlife can be viewed preparing for winter or simply enjoying the moderate autumn days. Among them are pronghorn, bighorn sheep, deer, moose and eagles.
Next week I will share five more reasons to come visit this fall.