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National Park - Forces of the Northern Range - Seasons of the Range
of sign - on the Forces of the Northern Range Trail between Tower
Junction and Mammoth Hot Springs
Yellowstone National Park.
taken June 2008
Seasons of the Range
A Time of Renewal
range wildlife grow strong in spring after a long cold winter.
Melting snow and rain turn the landscape green and lush.
emerge hungry from their winter dens, eager to feed on roots and
grasses, winter-killed carcasses, and sometimes elk or
Living is Easy
is short - by August the grass is dry and brown. Bison and a
few elk graze in the meadows, but most of the elk are
in the mountains where the plants are still green. Coyotes are
often seen hunting for small mammals. Birds are
and soaring high on thermal winds.
the warm days and crisp, cool nights of fall, the aspens turn
golden and snow falls on the mountain peaks. The bugling of
is a common sound as the herds return to the valleys for their
mating season. All the animals are busy eating and storing fat
lean winter days ahead.
temperatures drop, large herds of elk and bison make their winter
home in these spacious valleys. The snow is not quite as
here as in the rest of the park. For many months these hardy
mammals dig through the snow to eat hidden forage.
among these herds, moving easily on top of the snow because of their
exhibit made possible by a generous grant from the Yellowstone Association.
on the sign
addition to the text there are pictures of bear, buffalo, elk and wolves.
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