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Deer - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
Today’s safari observed a very unusual combination of sightings which included four species within the Cervidae (deer) family here in Jackson Hole. The rarest deer found here is the white-tailed deer (seen commonly in the east) so after spotting this large ungulate along the eastern border of Grand Teton National Park, we were especially excited to view elk, moose and mule deer throughout the evening’s outing.

This is a rare compilation of mammal sightings and the addition of bighorn sheep, bison and ground squirrels only added to our impressive species list for the day. Interesting bird sightings of the safari included horned larks, mountain bluebirds, bald eagles, red-tailed hawks and green-winged teals.

Spring Creek Ranch Wildlife Refuge

A moose at the Spring Creek Ranch wildlife refuge
After several days of snow, the wildlife of Jackson Hole were on the move this morning.

As I wound my way to Spring Creek Ranch this morning, the moose, elk and mule deer were all foraging along the side of the road paying little attention to passers-by.

Usually the mule deer bucks stay hidden, but they were out in the open. Seeing them was a special treat today.

The bull elk seem to be enjoying the Spring Creek Ranch wildlife refuge as they still have not moved to the National Elk Refuge just to the east.

Elk at the Spring Creek Ranch wildlife refuge