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The Wild Animals
GUELLOWSTONE PARK is the deer, especially, gather in large numbers
natural home of wild animal around the hotels almost as soon as the
life. It is the largest and season is closed and the noisy life is over. most successful preserve in the world. One interesting lesson is taught, i. e.It covers 3,300 square miles of mountains Wild animals are fearful and dangerous and valleys and is nearly as nature made only when men treat them as game or it. The 200 miles of roads, the five enemies. Even the grizzlies will make enormous hotels, with a big Wylie Camp every effort to get away; if this fails, he near each, the two lunch stations, all becomes very dangerous, indeed. this is as nothing in this vast wilderness. This wild animal farm, using the fig. No tree has been cut, save for road, trailures authorized by Uncle Sam, contains or camp. No firearms are allowed, ex- 30,000 elk, several thousand moose, incepting for the official destroyer of some numerable deer, many antelope and a predatory beast. Visitors keep so closely large and increasing herd of buffalo. to the beaten track that the animals It is also a wonderful bird preserve. have learned in all these years, that the More than 150 species, living natural and strangers mean them no harm.
undisturbed lives. Eagles are numerous People filling the long trains of stages among the crags. Wild geese and ducks from point to point during the season, are plentiful. Many thousands of large seldom see any of the animals, but the white pelicans help to create a scene of quiet watcher on the trails may see picturesqueness in the Yellowstone Lake. deer, bear, elk and antelope to his My first acquaintance with this wild heart's content, and he may see sheep, life began when we came out into the moose and bison by journeying on foot valley through which the Yellowstone or horseback into their retreats. The River winds and flows, seeing what at
that distance looked like droves of cattle feeding. On getting closer we found they were large herds of elk, deer and mountain sheep feeding on the abundance of rich pasturage on the slopes and widening out valleys. Their number were hard to estimate with any degree of accuracy, as some were so far away on the sloping hillsides that they were only specks, but there were many close enough to get a good look at. There were hundreds upon hundreds of them. None of our party estimated them at less than a thousand and some at two, while no one could even conjesture how many were back behind the lines of the travel. They did not court close inspec. tion, but our driver assured us that later in the season much of their shyness dis
appeared. However, we were close enough to many to see, judge and voice our sincere admiration of them.
From now on animal life spread out before us along the valley and banks of the blue winding Yellowstone River, all the way to the big lake at its head. It was here that we saw elk and deer in abundance. The huge horns of the male elk and deer made them look not unlike a herd of the old time Texas steers, although the elk were much larger. The deer were in small groups of seven to twelve. Calves and fawns were numerous. The fawns, full of grace and beauty, capered around as if they enjoyed every minute of life and were glad of a chance to show that they did. During the sea. son, which lasted three months, I rode