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Wyoming Wildlife

With more than 98,000 squares miles of terrain and one person per every 111 acres, it's no wonder that Wyoming is one of the best wildlife-watching destinations in North America.

Home to more than 100 mammal species and 400 species of birds, Wyoming's wild residents include bison, mountain lions, wolverines, bobcats, grizzly bears, black bears, elk, moose, deer and pronghorn antelope, as well as wild horses. Many of Wyoming's wildlife reside in our state and national parks, national forests, national wilderness areas and wildlife refuges. 

And while many travelers make the trek to Africa to watch impressive wildlife migrations, Wyoming has some of the largest and longest wildlife migrations in the western hemisphere, specifically for mule deer, pronghorn and elk. In addition, the longest mule deer migration was recorded in the western corridor of Wyoming as the deer travel from their winter range in southwest Wyoming's Red Desert to northwest Wyoming's Hoback Basin.

Also located nearby: the American Serengeti. A nickname for Yellowstone National Park's Lamar Valley, this region of the park is known for its abundant wildlife-watching opportunities, including bison, bears, wolves, coyotes, elk and moose.

Keep Your Distance

Seeing Wyoming's first inhabitants in the wild is an experience unlike any other. And while you may be tempted to see wildlife up close, always remember to observe from a safe distance. Stay at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves and at least 25 yards away from elk, bison and other wildlife. If an animal appears agitated, changes its behavior or seems nervous, slowly back away. More information on how to safely view wildlife can be found here.

For more places to see Wyoming's watchable wildlife, read 10 Places to Spot Wyoming Wildlife.

Where to See Wyoming Wildlife

While locals and travelers alike can see wildlife throughout Wyoming, there are a few specific locations that are ideal for watching wildlife in their natural habitats.

Guided Wildlife-Watching Tours

While you may be lucky to see bighorn sheep scaling a mountainside cliff near Cody or watch moose at a watering hole in the Bighorn Mountains, there are several guided wildlife excursions that provide the opportunity to learn about Wyoming's wildlife, terrain and history, as well as provide ample photography opportunties.

For guided tours in Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the National Elk Refuge, book a guided tour with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safaris or Jackon Hole Eco Tour Adventures. In addition, Yellowstone National Park Lodgesoffers guided wildlife-watching tours throughout the park's four seasons. During the winter, many outfitters and licensed guides offer guided tours in Yellowstone National Park via snowcoach or snowmobile, providing their guests with winter wildlife-watching experiences.


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