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Best National Parks for Wildlife Spotting
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Best National Parks for Wildlife Spotting

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You don't need to go on safari to see wild creatures up close—just head to one of these U.S. national parks.

Yellowstone National Park, WY

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Known as the American Serengeti because of its sprawling landscape and rich wildlife, the 2.2-million acre Yellowstone contains 67 different mammal species—the largest concentration in the lower 48 states. Among the most commonly sighted animals are bison, elk, grizzly and black bears, mule deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes, wolverines, mountain lions, bald eagles, and pronghorn (antelope-like creatures that can run up to 60 miles per hour). Gray wolves were reintroduced in 1995, after a near 70-year absence.

Viewing Tip: Hayden Valley is the place to see bison, elk, and grizzlies; Lamar Valley is the best for spotting wolves.

Best National Parks for Wildlife Spotting

Yellowstone National Park, WY

Known as the American Serengeti because of its sprawling landscape and rich wildlife, the 2.2-million acre Yellowstone contains 67 different mammal species—the largest concentration in the lower 48 states. Among the most commonly sighted animals are bison, elk, grizzly and black bears, mule deer, bighorn sheep, coyotes, wolverines, mountain lions, bald eagles, and pronghorn (antelope-like creatures that can run up to 60 miles per hour). Gray wolves were reintroduced in 1995, after a near 70-year absence.

Viewing Tip: Hayden Valley is the place to see bison, elk, and grizzlies; Lamar Valley is the best for spotting wolves.

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