I’ve seen so much different wildlife over the last year, it’s crazy.  Anything from bears to rattlesnakes and moose to prairie dogs.  Today I’m here to share these fun pictures with you.  They were all taken out west in the US, probably in Utah, Wyoming, or South Dakota.  Most of them have been thrown into other posts, but I wanted to make one dedicated to all the awesome wildlife out there.  Just don’t forget, these are wild animals and you are going into their home.  Be respectful of the animals and the area.  You wouldn’t want a stranger stomping through your house breaking everything.  Maybe not the best example, but I think you know what I mean.

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Tips for viewing wildlife:

  • Know what you want to see or is in the area you’re going to.  Before you go, research where good places to see it are.
  • Keep your distance from the wildlife, especially things like moose, bears, elk, and bison.
  • Don’t touch the wildlife.
  • Don’t feed the wildlife.
  • Don’t take selfies with the wildlife unless it’s really far away in the background, but I really still wouldn’t.
  • If you’re in bear country, take bear spray with you.  I do year round just for peace of mind.  I’m kind of a scaredy cat.
  • Bring binoculars to see things that are a little farther away from the car or wherever you are.
  • Bring a good camera and lens if you want to take good pictures.  A little point and shoot wouldn’t even be terrible since they can zoom much better than phones (which I would never recommend zooming in on unless it’s absolutely necessary.)
  • You can do a DIY wildlife safari or you can book a tour.  Both are totally possible, they just depend on your budget and travel style.  One benefit of splurging on a tour, like in Jackson Hole, is that the guides are super helpful and knowledgeable about the wildlife and the area.

What kind of wildlife have you seen?  What is your favorite thing to see in the wild?  Where is your favorite place to look for wildlife?

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