Wildlife

Go Wild

Vast and varied, brutal and beautiful is the land of Yellowstone. With over 300 species of birds, 16 species of fish, five specifies of amphibians, six species of reptiles, and 67 species of mammals—including seven native ungulate species and two bear species— this is the one of the most unique, treasured and studied ecosystems on the planet.

Our location is perfect for exploring and experiencing the incredible flora and fauna of the greater Yellowstone area. A hop, skip and jump from Yellowstone National Park, we sit right on the majestic Yellowstone River – the longest free-flowing body of water in the contiguous United States which, to many, embodies the romantic notion of a wild and pure mountain river flowing through a beautiful Rocky Mountain valley.

We are very focused on helping you experience the glorious outdoors of southwest Montana and Yellowstone National Park. We offer expert services and advice for the best fly fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing and custom-built outdoor adventures…including educational sessions from our in-house naturalist and historian. 

Predators  

  • Grizzly Bear (Ursus Arctos Horribilis)*  
  • Black Bear (Ursus Americanus)*  
  • Grey Wolf (Canis Lupus)**  
  • Coyote (Canis Latrans)**  
  • Canada Lynx (Lynx Canadensis)**  
  • Wolverine (Gulo Gulo)*  
  • Badger (Taxidea Taxus)**  
  • Bobcat (Lynx Rufus)**  
  • Cougar / Mountain Lion (Puma Concolor)**  
  • Long Tailed Weasel (Mustela Frenata)**  
  • Marten (Martes Americana)*  
  • Red Fox (Vulpes Vulpes)  
  • River Otter (Lontra Canadensis)**  
  • Short Tailed Weasel (Mustela Erminea)**  
  • Racoon (Procyon Lotor)*  
  • *omnivore  
  • **carnivore  

Prey   

  • Bison (Bison Bison)***  
  • White Tail Deer (Odocoileus Virginianus)***  
  • Mule Deer (Odocoileus Hemionus***   
  • Elk (Cervus Canadensis)***   
  • Unita Ground Squirrel (Urocitellis Armatis)  
  • Marmot (Marmota)  
  • Pronghorn Antelope (Antilocapra Americana)***  
  • Mountain Goat (Oreamnos Americanus)****  
  • Moose (Alces Alces)***  
  • Bighorn Sheep (Ovis Canadensis)****  
  • Horse (Equus Caballus)*****  
  • Porcupine (Erethizon Dorsatum)  
  • Yellow-Pine Chipmunk (Tamias Amoenus)  
  • Least Chipmunk (Tamias Minimus)  
  • Red Tailed Chipmunk (Tamias Ruficuaudus)  
  • Beaver (Castor Canadensis)  
  • Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel (Callospermophilus Lateralis)  
  • Mountain Vole (Microtus Montanus)  
  • Pocket Gopher (Geomyidae)  
  • Red Squirrel (Sciurus Vulgaris)  
  • Yellow Bellied Marmot (Marmota Flaviventris)  
  • Pika (Ochotona)  
  • Snowshoe Hare (Lepus Americanus)  
  • White Tailed Jack Rabbit (Lepus Townsendii)  

***even-toed Ungulate, Native To Yellowstone, Herbivore  

****even-toed Ungulate, Non-native To Yellowtone, Herbivore  

*****odd-toed Ungulate, Non-native To Yellowtone, Herbivore  

Fish  

  • Brown Trout (Salmo Trutta)  
  • Arctic Grayling (Thymallus Articus)  
  • Cutthroat Trout (Oncorhynchus Clarkii)  
  • Mountain Whitefish (Prosopium Williamsoni)  
  • Longnose Dace (Rhinichthys Cataractae)  
  • Speckled Dace (Rhinichthys Osculus)  
  • Redside Shiner (Richardsonius Balteatus)  
  • Utah Chub (Gila Atraria)  
  • Longnose Sucker (Catostomus Catostomus)  
  • Mountain Sucker (Catostomus Platyrhynchus)  
  • Utah Sucker (Castostomus Ardens)  
  • Mottled Sculpin (Cotus Bairdii)  
  • Brook Trout (Salvelinus Fontinalis)  
  • Lake Trout (Salvelinus Namaycush)  
  • Lake Chub (Coesius Plumbeus)  
  • Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus Mykiss)  

Birds  

  • Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus Buccinator)  
  • Gray Jay (Perisoreus Canadensis)  
  • Blue Bird (Sialia)  
  • Meadowlark (Sturnella Neglecta) – Montana State Bird   
  • Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus Histrionicus)  
  • Stellar’s Jay (Cyanocitta Stelleri)  
  • Blue Grouse (Dendragrapus Obscurus)  
  • Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa Umbellus)  
  • Clark’s Nutcracker (Nucifraga Columbiana)  
  • Snow Geese (Chen Caerulescens)  
  • Pelicans (Pelecanus)  
  • White Crown Sparrow (Zonotrichia Leucophrys)  
  • Black Capped Chickadee (Poecile Atricapillus)  
  • Ring Necked Pheasant (Phasianus Colchicus)  
  • Sharp Tailed Grouse (Tympanuchus Phasianellus)  
  • Wild Turkey (Meleagris Gallopavo)  
  • Black-necked / Eared Grebe (Podiceps Nigricollis)  
  • Sandhill Crane (Grus Canadensis)  
  • Whooping Crane (Grus Americana)  
  • Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus Calliope)  
  • Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus Rufus)  
  • Broadtailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus Platycercus)  
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus Alexandri)  
  • Reedfly Chickens (Gallus Gallus Domesticus)
    • Ameraucana / Araucana (Cabbage, Chervis, Cauliflower)  
    • Wellsummer  
    • Light Brahma Bantam (Cheddar, Calilly)  
    • Black Jersey Giant (Fluffy, R.I.P., Victim of the Elements)  
    • Black Copper Marans   

Birds of Prey   

  • Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus)   
  • Golden Eagle (Aquila Chrysaetos)   
  • Osprey (Pandion Haliaetus)  
  • River Hawk (Pandion Haliaetus)  
  • Fish Hawk (Pandion Haliaetus)  
  • Peregrine Falcon (Falco Peregrinus)  
  • Turkey Vulture (Cathartes Aura)  
  • American Kestrel (Falco Sparverius)  
  • Red Shouldered Hawk (Buteo Lineatus)  
  • Barn Owl (Tyto Alba)  
  • Great Horned Owl (Bubo Virganius)  
  • Snowy Owl (Bubo Scandiacus)  
  • Great Grey Owl (Strix Nebulosa)  
  • Boreal Owl (Aegolius Funereus)  
  • Raven (Corvus Corax)  
  • Northern Goshawk (Accipiter Gentilis)*****  
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipter Striatus) 

******DID YOU KNOW****** 

As a species in the genus Accipiter, the goshawk is often considered a “true hawk”. The scientific name is Latin; Accipiter is “hawk”, from accipere, “to grasp”, and gentilis is “noble” or “gentle” because in the Middle Ages only the nobility were permitted to fly goshawks for falconry. 

Wild Flowers, Herbs & Berries  

  • Glacier Lilly (Erythronium Grandiflorum)   
  • Blue Clematis (Clematis Occidentalis)  
  • Cut Leaved Anemone (Anemane Multifuda)  
  • Prairie Smoke (Geum Triflorum)  
  • Bitterroot (Lewisia Rediviva) – Montana State Flower 
  • Arrowleaf Balsamroot 
  • Heart-leaved Arnica 
  • Blanket Flower 
  • Pasqueflower 
  • Musk Thistle 
  • Joe-pye Weed 
  • Huckleberry 
  • Chokecherry 

Butterflies 

  • Swallowtail Butterfly 
  • Checkerspot Butterfly 

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