Four of the Best Places to View Wildlife in the United States
“Oh, give me a home
Where the buffalo roam
And the deer and the antelope play.”
The United States is home to many unique animals: herd animals, predators, cute fuzzies, fowl, and more. With such a vast country, many Americans will go their whole lives without seeing native fauna in the wild, in their natural habitat. Fortunately, places exist where you can view several of these in one place. Here is list of Four of the Best Places to View Wildlife in the United States.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park (which lies in Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho), boasts probably the best array of animals in their native habitat of any place in the lower 48 states. There are over 15,000 elk in the park along with 13 packs of gray wolves. It is the only place in the lower 48 states that has had a continuous, wild bison population. Bighorn Sheep inhabit the rocky high ground. Moose graze the wetlands. Grizzly bears and Black bears both call Yellowstone home; as do mountain lions and Canadian lynx. The majestic Bald Eagle soars overhead while Sandhill Crane walk by the water. Add the natural beauty of the park to this cross section of American animals and you will agree that everyone should visit here at least once.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park lies in Northern Colorado within an easy 2 hour drive of Denver with the town of Estes Park as its gateway. Most of the park is at high elevation and has spectacular mountain views. While not as sprawling and grand as Yellowstone, it is easier for most of us to visit with its proximity to the Denver airport. Grizzlies, Gray Wolves, bison, and lynx are absent here. You will still enjoy viewing elk, moose, Black Bear, Mountain Lions, Bald Eagles, and Bighorn Sheep. If you look and, more importantly, listen closely you can spy pika. Pika are a relative of the rabbit (more resembling a big hamster) that live among the rocks above 11,000 feet in elevation. They are very vocal, which helps fix your eye on them as they blend in well.
Land Between the Lakes
For those of us looking for prairie animals further east, the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in far western Kentucky offers the opportunity. Prior to European settlers coming, Kentucky was referred to as the Happy Hunting Ground by natives. It was covered with bison, elk, and deer. Land Between the Lakes has repopulated with bison and elk, which can be viewed driving along the Elk & Bison Prairie. Over 100 Bald eagles nest here. River otters play in the larger streams. Fallow Deer, while not native, make their home here and can be seen. They were brought from Europe around 1900. A pair of endangered Red Wolves are kept at the Nature Station, and can be viewed also.
Everglades National Park
The south Florida Everglades are home to a vast array of creatures that can be seen in few other places. Among the swamps and marshes, you can encounter Black Bears. If you are lucky, or unlucky (depending upon how you look at it), you might encounter the rare predator, the Florida Panther. The predators that everyone is looking for though, are the American Alligator and the American Crocodile , both of which make the Everglades home. Gentle manatees swim smoothly through the waters, stopping to munch on grasses in the water. Five species of endangered turtles nest in the everglades: Green, Loggerhead, Leatherback, Kemp’s Ridley, and Hawksbill.
As you can see, we have a wonderful selection of God’s creatures here in the U.S. Try to make it a point to see these animals for yourself, by visiting these great places to view wildlife in the United States.