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Yellowstone National Park - Forces of the Northern Range - Seasons of the Range

 

Location of sign - on the Forces of the Northern Range Trail between Tower Junction and Mammoth Hot Springs 

in Yellowstone National Park.

 

Photo taken June 2008

Seasons of the Range, Seasons of the Range sign, Yellowstone National Park  

 

Text of sign:

 

Seasons of the Range


A Time of Renewal

 

Northern range wildlife grow strong in spring after a long cold winter.  Melting snow and rain turn the landscape green and lush.

Bears emerge hungry from their winter dens, eager to feed on roots and grasses, winter-killed carcasses, and sometimes elk or

bison calves.  

 

The Living is Easy

 

Summer 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 

higher in the mountains where the plants are still green.  Coyotes are often seen hunting for small mammals.  Birds are everywhere, 

singing and soaring high on thermal winds.

 

Autumn Days

 

In the warm days and crisp, cool nights of fall, the aspens turn golden and snow falls on the mountain peaks.  The bugling of bull 

elk is a common sound as the herds return to the valleys for their mating season.  All the animals are busy eating and storing fat for

the lean winter days ahead.

 

A Long Winter

 

When temperatures drop, large herds of elk and bison make their winter home in these spacious valleys.  The snow is not quite as

deep here as in the rest of the park.  For many months these hardy mammals dig through the snow to eat hidden forage.  Wolves 

hunt among these herds, moving easily on top of the snow because of their large paws.

 

This exhibit made possible by a generous grant from the Yellowstone Association.

 

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In addition to the text there are pictures of bear, buffalo, elk and wolves.

 

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