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When one thinks of Yellowstone Country, it is hard not to think immediately of the abundant wildlife—and wildness—it represents. No other place in North America has a greater diversity of large and small mammals than we do right here in Yellowstone Country. And while countless species contribute to the balance of the Yellowstone ecosystem, a few stand out as literal embodiments of the wildness and spirit of this region.

For many, the grizzly bear serves as the most authentic representation of true wildness. Yellowstone Country is one of a few remaining places on the globe where the grizzly bear still roams in significant numbers. For those of us who cherish the opportunity to walk in grizzly country, it is the great bear’s mere presence, and what it symbolizes, that adds sustenance to our journey.

Since its successful reintroduction in 1995, Yellowstone Country has once again become home to the elusive gray wolf. There is now perhaps no better place in the world to observe wolves in the wild than Yellowstone National Park. As of 2008, there were approximately 350 wolves in Yellowstone Country. The return of the wolf has helped to bring a natural balance back to the region. It has been yet another opportunity for Yellowstone Country to lead the way in our understanding of how wild landscapes and working landscapes can coexist.

Though their natural instincts to migrate are often curtailed by political issues, Yellowstone Country also represents one of the last places in the world where residents and visitors alike can observe perhaps the greatest symbol of the West—bison in the wild. Descended from the 23 wild bison discovered inside the park after surviving the slaughter of over 30 million during western expansion in the 1800s, Yellowstone’s bison are a unique, national treasure.

Yellowstone Country is also home to the largest concentration of elk in North America. Each fall, hunters and wildlife watchers from all over the world travel to Yellowstone to experience our legendary annual elk rut.

Yellowstone Country remains one of the few places on earth where the process of migration can still be observed. Each spring, summer, and fall in and around YNP, mammals, birds, fish, insects and amphibians follow their innate desire to move. The pronghorn migration in Yellowstone Country represents one of the last long-distance migrations in North America, one that dates back 5,800 years.

Over 320 bird species have been documented in Yellowstone National Park alone, making Yellowstone Country a haven for resident and migratory birds alike.

Finally, Yellowstone Country’s pristine rivers serve as home to some of the most abundant trout populations in the lower 48 states.

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