Where’s the Wildlife? – March

Clouds passing over Teton Mountains after sunrise

Bald Eagles

Bald eagles will not have changed much in terms of behavior in the last couple of months, so look for them along rivers such as the Snake and Gros Ventre Rivers.

A bald eagle flying over a break in the ice and snow

Beavers and Otters

With increasing snowpack beavers and otters will be difficult to find, though otters can still be found where winter’s grip has loosened a bit thanks to warming temperatures. Look for each around watering holes where ice has thawed along rivers or slower parts of streams, such as Oxbow Bend.

Black and Grizzly Bears

While it will still be too much winter for black bears, the oldest male grizzlies will start to emerge from hibernation during the month of March. Many of these early risers will be in the interior of Yellowstone, though some may head to lower elevations such as Flagg Ranch. On warmer seasons, they may even venture as far as Willow Flats.

Bighorn Sheep

The bighorn sheep will continue to call Miller Butte home during the month of March. With consistent storms, they’ll frequent the base of the butte along the Elk Refuge Road.

Bison

Bison are still difficult to find due to their wintering range being toward the north end of the National Elk Refuge. They can be spotted using a scope though by looking toward the cottonwood trees at the bank side of the refuge from a pullout along Highway 89.

Coyotes and Foxes

With their primary food source of ground rodents buried farther beneath the snow, coyotes and foxes will be less shy since food is becoming more scarce. Look for them to be hunting below the snow on Antelope Flats or roaming around the National Elk Refuge.

Fox looking back over snow

Elk

Elk can still be easily found on the National Elk Refuge, and nearby opportunities will vary depending snowpack and temperatures. On good days, they’ll be closer to the highway and the Elk Refuge Road, though most likely they’ll be sticking toward the middle of the valley.

Moose

Moose will continue to be relatively easy to find along rivers such as the Snake and Gros Ventre Rivers. Look for them bedded down or feeding on cottonwood trees lining river beds, as well as willows. Some may have even ventured into aspen groves, so keep your eyes peeled there too.

Moose browsing below Sleeping Indian at sunset

Mule Deer

Mule deer can still be found along Highway 89 across from the National Elk Refuge as snow levels begin pushing them dangerously close to the road. Keep an eye on them also nearby windswept hills.

Pronghorn

Your odds of finding pronghorn in March are pretty slim. They typically don’t fare well in the snow and with both deepening snow combined with the threat of predators, it’s highly unlikely you’ll see them during the month of March.

Wolves

Wolves are generally at their peak during the month of March. The long winter has, by this point, taken its toll on their prey, typically elk, so it winds up taking a little less effort on the wolves’ part to get a meal. Look for them to take advantage of this on the National Elk Refuge as well as Antelope Flats.

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