9/3/16 A trip to the National Bison Range to see bison, elk, antelope, mountain goats, deer, and coyotes.
1 At the National Bison Range for the start of Day 4. This is where one of the last herds of bison are preserved after the population went from over 30 million to just over 100 in less than 20 years!!!
2 Driving the loop around the range feels exactly like Jurassic Park, waiting for the animals to appear. We finally start seeing some bison.
3 A great bison profile.
4 Kyle loved using the binoculars.
5 So did my Dad.
6 Made it to the mini-summit at the highest point on the range.
7 Video from the summit.
8 A giant glacier once filled the entire valley to the mountain range on the other side. It melted to form a massive lake 15,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age. When the natural dam at the end of the lake burst, it caused a cataclysmic flood all the way to Eastern Washington.
9 Our first deer sighting.
10 The tiny profile of some bighorn sheep on the ridge.
11 A great pair of horns on this bighorn sheep.
12 Some elk in the distance, unfortunately too far for a good picture. But they looked great through the binoculars.
13 A pair of Pronghorn Antelope.
14 Some more antelope. I love the striped necks.
15 Kyle checking out the antler collection outside the Visitor Center.