Bison in Grand Teton NP
The bison have finally meandered their way back to antelope flats. This thrills me no end because it means they are super close for me to get some photos. Antelope flats is about a mile away, so easy to just drive over and spend some time watching and photographing them. They are such interesting animals.
Let me say first off that I am not an idiot when it comes to these guys, or any other wild animals. I have respect, caution, and a telephoto lens. I am either standing right next to the truck, or in the truck to get these shots. I am also aware of any signals they may give off of stress, or they think people are too close.
Me in the truck. It’s pretty safe right here.
The big bulls especially will just wander through. They know where they are going, and they don’t seem to care a whole bunch if the truck is right in front of them.
This guy had a whole bunch of birds on his back. The birds eat the bugs from their thick fur, which I’m sure the bison appreciate.
The cows have started to come into season, which means the bulls are starting to feel their oats. Watching them fight and tussle with each other is awesome.
They aren’t just butting heads either. They try to hook each other with those sharp horns in the side, or on the face.
These two teenagers thought they should practice too. They have a ton of growing up to do to compete with the big boys.
I think this one was whispering in the other ones ear. Actually, I observed a lot of the bison licking each other. The males would lick the females on the nose, and vise versa.
All this activity will lead to more babies next year. These guys are so dang cute.
The grass this year is super tall, this gives you an idea of just how tall.
The more I get the chance to watch the bison, the more I appreciate just how awesome they are.