We left the grizzly bear grazing contented alongside the highway and headed down to Grand Teton National Park, (the next day a video has been posted of the female being visited by a large male grizzly and the two bears having sex alongside the highway) Regardless I am not posting any link as this is a family blog.
Our goal was to travel to Pilgrim Creek, looking for bear 399 and her two new cubs. She had her cub killed last year by a hit and run driver, inside the park. This year she showed up with two small fifty pound cubs and she is staying hidden as any males will kill the cubs.
She remained hidden from us but we did see a small herd of elk. They were cow elk and they had their calves hidden, but it is obvious that she must be hunting elk calves along with fishing for spawning cutthroat trout.
Parking for lunch we ate and went for a short walk. I spotted a martin running across a field but never got an image of the large weasel like animal. Martins are larger than weasels and it’s the only one I have ever seen. It could also have been a fisher so I need to put this disclaimer in the blog.
Our next stop was up Pacific Creek. There were the usual vehicles taking parking spots where bears have been seen before. The roads were closed to Ocean lake and to the National Forest Trailhead but we didn’t know if it was because of snow or because of grizzlies in both areas. It’s another area where elk cows give birth and where grizzlies and wolves prey on the young elk.
Heading back home we crossed Antelope Flats, when George yelled out coyote. Braking he pulled over as the coyote sauntered across the busy road.
As we nearly reached Alpine, Wyoming I spotted a lone mountain goat on the cliff above the road! It grazed a bit before laying down for an afternoon siesta. It had been an exceptional day of watching Wyoming wildlife. Tomorrow we are heading to Yellowstone National Park as we have heard reports of wolves and more bears.