While hiking, always stay alert and be on the lookout for signs of wildlife.
Before hiking, stop by Bear Aware, LLC's kiosk. From there, head to Canyon Village Backcountry Office to speak with a Park Ranger and learn all about wildlife and hiking safety. Be sure to ask the ranger for information or updates on trail conditions and area closures.
Wildlife leave evidence after passing through an area, including tracks, feces or "scat," grazed plants, and other signs. Also, most have distinct sounds or "calls" that you may hear while hiking.
Each of the wildlife below can be very dangerous and greatly harm, or kill, a human. Click on the photos below to learn more about some of Yellowstone's wildlife. (Credit: Montana Field Guide and Alderleaf Wilderness College).
Remember, wildlife is WILD. Distance = Safety. Give them space so you stay safe.
Stay at least 25 yards (2 tour busses) from these wildlife.
If you cause an animal to move, you are too close.