While driving through the park (Yellowstone) this weekend, my husband and I were privileged to see elk, buffalo beyond count, a coyote, a bald eagle and even an adult grizzly bear! When we’re in the animals’ home we need to play by their rules. For example, whenever a large animal wants to stroll down the middle of the road, cars let them. We were stopped at one point in our travels for the grizzly bear. It’s exciting seeing these spectacular animals in the wild. However, some people seem totally lacking in common sense! Not only were they leaving their cars to see what the holdup was and take pictures, but they even took their small children close to the bear! It’s amazing more people aren’t hurt by wild animals. Fortunately this time the bear wandered off without incident.
This was my first hike into the second meadow of Slough Creek to fly fish. As if the 13 mile round trip hike wasn’t adventure enough, the beautiful cuthroat trout were cooperative. However, the real excitement came from the buffalo. We gave the herd of around 50 a wide berth and were enjoying fishing. Then, 3 bulls decided it was time for a drink and the rest all followed. Within 10 minutes the entire herd was milling around our daypacks which we left in our scramble to vacate the area. It’s difficult to concentrate on your fishing with these huge wild animals anywhere near! I kept thinking how much faster they run than I do. It’s important to use our common sense around wild animals regardless of how docile they may appear! We can all enjoy our beautiful surroundings and wild life, but we need to be responsible and use common sense!