After a new snow, mule deer and elk pose for pictures along the side of East Butte Road at Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole.
These wildlife enjoy the refuge of Spring Creek, and seem almost oblivious to the close proximity of people.
While taking these pictures, a Spring Creek Ranch resident stopped, and we spoke about all the animals that we enjoy watching.
Once again, the wildlife of Jackson Hole have chosen Spring Creek Ranch to spend their winter.
Spring Creek Ranch is a wildlife refuge where mule deer, elk and moose come to find shelter and food during the winter months.
These mule deer are seen daily in the open spaces and also around the homes and facilities of Spring Creek Ranch.
Spring Creek’s Derek Goodson Spots Some Winter Wildlife
While driving up to Spring Creek Ranch this morning I was greeted by four bull elk keeping watch for our guests.
During the winter, Spring Creek Ranch is home to many different types of wildlife including mule deer, elk, and moose.
These bulls are taking it easy before they venture over the butte to the National Elk Refuge to the east.
Our guests wake up the spectacular views of the Teton Mountain Range and our resident wildlife foraging right outside their window.
This scene is a reminder of why I live in Jackson Hole.
Much of our birdlife has migrated away this time of year, but rough-legged hawks migrate to Jackson Hole from Arctic regions. We have been observing these raptors on our safaris for over a month and can expect to see them regularly through most of the winter.
Elk haven’t returned to the National Elk Refuge in great numbers yet, but we can expect several thousand to show up shortly.