Spring Sightings Gallery

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Spring is a wonderful time for watching wildlife. Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are less busy, animals are moving around and coming out of hibernation, or returning from their “winter homes.” Check out the below gallery of some of … Continue reading

Big Bad Wolf

Big, Bad Wolf - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
The last few safaris have been absolutely phenomenal with excellent sightings and interesting behaviors observed. This black wolf was seen in Grand Teton National Park along with a gray-colored wolf nearby and was one of many great animals seen.

Other sightings included moose browsing on cottonwood trees, a young golden eagle attacking bighorn sheep, mountain goats navigating steep cliffs, and a porcupine perched in a tree.

Photographer’s Paradise

coyote - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
We left Spring Creek Ranch at dawn this morning to take advantage of nice lighting for this morning’s photo safari.

These excursions differ from our wildlife safaris in that we work to put ourselves in the best possible photogenic locations while discussing camera equipment and useful techniques for nature photography. We ended up with excellent opportunities to photograph the Teton Mountains, this coyote stalking prey, and Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.

National Elk Refuge Provides Bighorn Habitat, Too

Big Horn Sheep - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson, WY
Our wildlife safaris are offered year-round and I keep a log of sightings from every trip that we have ever done with an approximate count for each species.

On one of last week’s safaris we counted one of the highest number of bighorn sheep ever recorded on the National Elk Refuge: 61! As the snow keeps falling more and more animals are moving on to the Refuge including thousands of elk, bison, coyote, bald eagles and bighorns.

A Highlight of Our Winter Wildlife

bighorn sheep - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep spend summers at relatively high elevations and require some effort for us to find them during warmer months. Fortunately, this is not the case during Winter as we are able to observe bighorns consistently (usually very close.) These agile ungulates are spectacular to watch navigate steep cliffs and seem most comfortable in locations that would intimidate most other creatures.

Most of our other large mammals have been very cooperative on recent excursions including a small herd of pronghorn that looks like it will attempt to winter in our valley. Most of our pronghorn migrate to the south during winter, so it is a little unusual to be seeing them here with snow on the ground.