Grand Teton Wildlife

The mountains were the best part of Grand Teton on our Grand Teton/Yellowstone trip, and we also saw wildlife.

One morning in our Wilson condo, I was sitting on the sofa, reading email, and watching Good Morning America, when I noticed a large, dark object moving outside. We had read that moose wandered through Wilson, and a flashing sign on the nearby Wilson-Moose Road warned that three moose had been hit by cars, so I had opened the curtains when I woke up, hoping.

I ran for my camera and took this picture. A young moose was nibbling on the shrubs on the left and then walked across the lawn to the bushes on the right. I then woke up my wife, who saw the moose amble down the road. This photo was taken at 95 mm, so this moose is fairly close.

We were excited. This is the first moose we’ve seen, although we have visited four national parks in the Canadian Rockies and and a national park in Maine. Indeed, we didn’t see another moose on our trip, so this is still the only moose we’ve seen.

This black bear cub was eating along the roadside just south of the Jackson Lake Lodge.

black bear cub near Jackson Lake Lodge
black bear cub near Jackson Lake Lodge

We saw our first beaver at Schwabacher Landing.

Finally, this osprey in the park off the Wilson-Moose Road was flying with this stick, dropping it as I took the picture. As you’ll see later, osprey nests are made of sticks.

osprey dropping twig
osprey dropping stick

After seeing African wildlife in April with a guide, we were seeing American wildlife on our own.


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