Buffalo Rut, Yellowstone National Park,
August Animal Viewing
Viewing Buffalo during the August rut in Yellowstone National Park is as simple as driving on any park road, especially near fishing bridge and along the Yellowstone River.
Although the buffalo and all other animals in Yellowstone National Park are wild, they seem unafraid of humans. The buffalo are almost contemptuous of automobiles and humans while they are on the rut. They will cross the road without stopping .
During the August rut, the buffalo become aggressive toward one another as they compete for females.
Yellowstone National Park;s most commonly seen animal are the buffalo, the elk, mule deer, and coyote. Less often seen are the grizzly bear and the wolf.
Viewing animals in Yellowstone National Park is best done early morning or early evening, although the buffalo can be seen at any time as they move throughout the park during the day.
In the Fishing Bridge Bay area, a good viewing road for buffalo, elk, grizzly and wolf would be the road beside the river and the pullouts overlooking the Hayden Valley, half-way between the Fishing Bridge and the Canyon Village.
Another good spot for buffalo is Indian Pond on the northeast side of Yellowstone Lake.
The elk are not as bold as the buffalo but they will tolerate people and at times a herd will move right through a campsite.
They are commonly seen in herds along the Hayden Valley.
Yellowstone National Park rangers will set up viewing scopes for people to see the grizzly, elk, bald eagle, and Grey Wolf and to answer questions about the animals. The Lamar Valley in the northeast section of the park is another spot for wolf and grizzly sightings
Yellowstone National Park animal viewing in the broad valleys is best done with a scope or binoculars of at least 7 x 50 power. Yellowstone Rangers will set up viewing scopes for people to see when they know of grizzly or wolf activity. You can inquire where the animal activity is and the rangers will help you find a good viewing place..The Hayden and Lamar Valleys in the northeast and east section of the park are good for wolf and grizzly sightings. Fishing Bridge area and the Hayden valley make good buffalo sighting areas
Yellowstone National Park;s buffalo start the mating season in August and there is a great deal of movement and pairing with occasional sparring between the males. They will swim across the Yellowstone river and walk right down the main street and over the fishing Bridge.
The elk and mule deer are not as bold as the buffalo but they will tolerate people and you will see them at campsite or at the many pullouts and picnic sites .
Mule deer, elk and buffalo will walk right through a campgrounds showing little fear of humans.
When driving the roads of Yellowstone National Park, watch for the men and women with the scopes and large zoom lenses, they are usually tracking grizzly and the Grey Wolf.
Grey Wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 and now number 11 packs with over 170 individual animals. The population spreads outside the park and number an estimated 500. The Hayden valley along the Yellowstone River and the Lamar Valley along the northeast access road make good viewing areas for the Grey Wolf.
When there are fires in Yellowstone, the smoke will hover in the valleys and make driving and spotting animals difficult. By afternoon, the smoke rises out of the valleys and animal viewing is improved.
Yellowstone National Park is in reality a volcano, or more accurately, the sunken caldera of an ancient volcano that last erupted 640,000 years ago. The caldera, 30 miles wide by 45 ;miles long in a roughly
oval shape, encompasses Yellowstone Lake, the largest lake in North America over 7000 feet in elevation. With depths of 430 feet, the lake has over 140 miles of shore. Yellowstone Lake empties into the Yellowstone River, a course that conveys the lake water through Yellowstone's Grand Canyon to the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and eventually to the Gulf of Mexico.
Along the river in the Hayden Valley and the Lamar valley there are turnouts that make good
viewing places for animals such as wolf and grizzly.
August Buffalo Rut
In August, the Yellowstone Buffalo go on the Rut. Viewing Buffalo
can be done anytime; they are active throughout the day.
The August rut causes the males to herd the females and to become aggressive with other males.
Buffalo have no fear of cars or humans but other animals in
Yellowstone National Park are is best seen early morning or early
During the Buffalo Rut in Yellowstone National Park during August, Animal Viewing is easy. A drive on any road through the park will reveal buffalo that cross the road without any fear of visitors.
Buffalo cross the road whenever they choose during the August bbuffalo rut.