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Mother black bear nursing near Dunraven Pass.

Live wild, live free

The wet, cool weather of the past week has kept the bears close to the roads around Tower as they work the grass in the lower elevations. On one day, we got really lucky and saw nine black bears before 10 a.m. One sow with triplets was in view for about an hour just before the Tower Junction.

Doe antelope and fawn: In the morning light this antelope doe appeared near the north gate of Yellowstone with her prancing fawn and its beautiful mane.

Don’t want to be the next victim?

Over the last couple weeks, three people have been injured in Yellowstone by wild animals. On Sunday, June 3 and again on Tuesday, June 5 people were injured in the Mammoth area by cow elk protecting their calves. Then on Wednesday, June 6, a bison gored a woman near the Fountain Paint Pots in the Lower Geyser Basin.

A mother fox and two kits near Yellowstone Picnic Area

Paths less beaten

One of the constants about Yellowstone National Park is the surge of traffic as Memorial Day approaches. The last few days has fit the profile with ever-increasing traffic in the park. The tour buses have appeared, and the motorhomes are everywhere.

These eye-catching signs are staked just under the Conoco sign on Lone Mountain Trail at the entrance of Big Sky.  Photo by Jolene Palmer

You’ve seen the signs

J.D. Bingman, Montana outfitter license number 614, says he’s not much for making ripples in the pond when it comes to the controversial topics of the day. It’s just that he earns his living on rivers, including the Yellowstone.

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