Winter is a hardship for most animals, but bison seem to have adapted well to the severe winters of the plains and Rocky Mountains. Bison are able to withstand sub-zero temperatures for weeks at a time, and they use their massive shoulder hump as a tool, enabling them to use their heads to move snow away from their winter forage. Bull bison can weigh up to a ton and can travel to speeds of 35 mph.
A painted horse leads the herd and kicks up clouds of dust along the way. At his hooves, birds fly along in search of insects that are unearthed by the horses. Birds often travel along with the horses to find food in their hides and such. The horse has long been an icon of the american west and has been a strong ally to the rancher and the settlers of the west.
This antiquated barn reminds us somewhat of the history of the early settlers in the Jackson Hole area. Located inside Grand Teton National Park the barn is a favored icon among the many visitors to the area. The park is part of the Yellowstone ecosystem, which is the largest intact natural area in the contiguous United States. From the sheltered river bottoms, to the sage flats and mountain canyons, Grand Teton National Park offers wildlife such as sandh...
A bull moose moves through an open glade in the forest, where he has staked out his territory for the annual autumn rut. Found in the boreal and northern woodlands of North America, moose are the largest member of the deer family. Bull moose can weigh up to 1,500 pounds and can run up to 35 mph. During the mating season, moose have even been known to challenge oncoming vehicles and trains in defense of their females and their territories.
Humans have worshiped the bear from a time older than memory. Perhaps this fascination comes from the bearís humanlike qualities. They seem to worry with moans and sighs and court with obvious affection. Bears also snore in their sleep, teach, play, spank their children, are avid for sweets, and have a moody, gruff and morose side.
A group of bison graze by a lone tree on the western plains. Yellowstone was home to the last, wild, free-roaming bison at the turn of the 19th century. In less than one hundred years, wholesale slaughter reduced the number of bison from an estimated high of sixty million to under three thousand animals. These remaining bison found refuge in Yellowstone National Park. Now thousands of these animals roam the Yellowstone ecosystem.