"There is nothing so American as our national parks. The scenery and wildlife are native. The fundamental idea behind the parks is native. It is, in brief, that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us. The parks stand as the outward symbol of this great human principle." Franklin D. Roosevelt

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Why Did the Bear Cross the Road?

It snowed overnight so the ground and trees were white this morning. The snow doesn't last long on the ground, except for a few piles that are in the shade. The ground is very wet with all the rain and snow and the rivers are high and running fast. It didn't much today but I did run into a few sprinkles this evening and I did see some rain falling in the distance.

I worked in gifts today. I started off cashiering and then went to stocking shelves. The store had streaks where it was busy and then quiet. When it gets busy it is very busy. There will be 24 more employees coming in next week. There was an article in the Billings newspaper saying that the Park tourism was up 20% in May from last year and the rest of the year looks like it will be up, too. That's great but unfortunately there will not be as many employees here as there have been in years past. I guess we will all be busy this summer. It makes the time go by faster.

After dinner I decided to drive the north loop, which is my favorite. I stopped and watched a moose by the petrified tree for awhile. It was just grazing on a hillside that had dead ghostly trees from a previous fire there. On the south side of Dunraven Pass, about 3 miles north of Canyon, I watched a black bear (that was actually brown in color) grazing on the side of the road. It eventually crossed the road to the delight of all the people watching. It just went to the other side to eat grass there. I guess the grass was greener on the other side of the road. Or it just wanted to get to the other side.

2009 Wildlife Sightings

Grizzly Bears: 25
Black Bears: 6
Big Horn Sheep: 5
Wolves: 12
Moose: 2
Coyotes: 4