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

Spring Creek Ranch’s Wildlife Refuge

Mule Deer on Spring Creek's Wildlife Refuge
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.

Moose roam the grounds of Spring Creek Ranch

Moose Greets Guests at Spring Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole
This morning our guests at Spring Creek Ranch were greeted by a very special host!

Because Spring Creek Ranch is situated on a Wildlife Preserve we have several moose, deer, elk, hawks, and even a Bald Eagle flying overhead!

As our guests went off to ski at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort today, they stopped to take photos of our moose just as I had earlier.

Jackson Hole is a unique and special place, and we cherish the wildlife that share their lives with us.

Bull Moose in Grand Teton National Park

Moose - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
Animals are on the move in Jackson Hole as some species migrate away and others make smaller migrations within the valley. Many of our moose have moved away from rivers and ponds to browse on shrubs within open sagebrush habitat.

This makes them easier to find this time of year and this bull foraged contently near our most recent wildlife safari. He’ll keep his antlers for another six to nine weeks before shedding them.

Grizzly Bear, Moose, Muskrat & Swans

Trumpeter Swans - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
We had hoped to make it to Yellowstone National Park yesterday, but icy roads kept us away. It turned out that plan B was full of opportunities including a close sighting of a grizzly bear, several sightings of moose and wonderful wildlife watching along the Snake River.

These trumpeter swans noisily flew back and forth in front of the Tetons while muskrats worked tirelessly nearby storing food for the upcoming winter months.

The Geysers of Yellowstone

Female Moose in Jackson Hole, WY -- Spring Creek Ranch Wildlife Safari
On a typical Yellowstone National Park excursion we are able to see several geysers erupt throughout the day, but on this week’s trip we were able to observe a total of five. During our day, we watched Old Faithful, Beehive, Lion, Great Fountain and Clepsydra erupt.

Our wildlife sightings have also been consistently strong during our safaris and moose have been especially cooperative lately. There were several moose laying along the Snake River the other day, but this female proved to be the most photogenic.

Bighorn Sheep Winter in Jackson

Big Horn Sheep - Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
Our local bighorn sheep herd came very close during this morning’s safari and I (mistakenly) thought that this was going to be the highlight of today’s excursion. We ended up seeing some fascinating coyote behavior throughout the morning including a pack of coyotes chase a mule deer at full sprint. We didn’t see the outcome of the chase but my guess is that the deer eventually stood its ground and the coyotes backed off.

We were also able to see two different pairs of coyotes showing courtship behavior. Lots of great early Spring sightings including red-tailed hawks, mountain bluebirds, red-winged blackbirds, flocks of horned larks and scruffy-looking moose shedding their winter coats.