Yellowstone park is the home to the largest her of American Bison.
Yellowstone: over 2 million acres of valleys, plateaus and mysterious geological formations. The world’s first national park was created by an act of congress in 1872 to help protect Americas vanishing wildlife. This beautiful landscape has been formed over millions of years by fire and ice. This hotbed of volcanic activity is home to over 50% of the worlds geysers, and you will find more than 300 of them throughout the park, headlined by none other than old faithful.
But Yellowstone’s 10,000 thermal anomalies are not the only wonders that keep the park bubbling with activity. Yellowstone also contains one of the largest and most diverse wildlife populations on the planet. It is also home to one of the highest concentration of large mammal species in the continental United States. The primary reason for this large abundance of wildlife is that Yellowstone is one continuous piece of property. It’s a world biosphere reserve and it’s also one of the most intact ecosystems in North America. It has a full range of predators and prey.
For decades the most popular predators were the biggest, the parks grizzly bears. During the winter months however, when the bears are in hibernation, the park is taken over by a voice that had long been silenced, wolves. After a seventy year absence, wolves can once again be heard in Yellowstone. The animals were exterminated from the park in the 1920s but as part of the endangered species act, 31 wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone in 1995 and 1996. Now the population has soared to an estimated 306 wolves in the greater ecosystem. Running free in Yellowstone’s awe- inspiring valleys, is the highest concentration of wolves on the planet. Yellowstone is one of the best places to see wolves!
But among animals other than predators Yellowstone is home to various prey species. There are over 30,000 elk in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the largest herd on the planet. Thankfully for the wolves, these Elk serve as their primary prey.