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Sandy Sisti
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How much are Yellowstone's grizzlies worth?

A study in The Journal of Environmental Management found that Yellowstone visitors would pay an additional $41 to ensure seeing roadside grizzlies, and the attraction creates 155 jobs and more than $10 million a year for the regional economy.

In 2011, park rangers and other employees spent more than 2,543 man-hours managing 1,031 bear jams in Yellowstone. Managing the bears, and the people watching the bears, costs upward of $50,000 each year. The study shows that while changes to roadside bear management might appear to save Yellowstone money, they would have broader consequences accounting to perhaps 4% of the regional economy.

Do you like seeing grizzlies when you visit Yellowstone? Would you pay more to see grizzlies? I'd like to know how you feel about this issue, so please share your thoughts and comments. You can read the full article about this study here
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thier habatat is going by by the park is closed lava under the the crust is melting the pavement! ill try to find links ...but check it out search yelllowstone park...
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"The Battle"

You never know what's going to happen when you visit McCullough Peaks. One minute, all seems peaceful as you photograph a young filly nuzzling her mother. The next minute, two stallions who appeared to be grazing quietly nearby (they still have grass in their mouths!!) decided they had a score to settle. I barely had enough time to point my lens away from the little foal and at these two before all was quiet again and the two stallions returned to grazing. It seems there's never a dull moment when there's stallions around!!
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"Change of Seasons"

In northwest Wyoming, winter storms can arrive year round, and often do. Such is the unpredictability of summer in the high country of the Rocky Mountain west.  Overnight, some late spring snow and freezing temperatures put an end to these beautiful blooms in Grand Teton National Park.
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"Stormy Skies"

Early morning storm clouds gather over the Moulton barn in Grand Teton National Park.
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"Hitchin' a Ride"

Winter is still holding on tight in Yellowstone with over 3 inches of snow and ice on Sylvan Pass this morning. The temperature hovered in the high 20's in Hayden Valley and was even colder by Yellowstone Lake, making it almost impossible to believe that summer is only three days away. It didn't snow continuously while I was in the Park, but the snow squalls seem to kick up almost every hour.

With the stormy weather, I couldn't find much wildlife to photograph. I'm pretty sure that animals are a lot smarter than I am and decided to hunker down today. While I was wandering around aimlessly, I noticed a bull elk grazing in a meadow near Mud Volcano. When I first saw the bull, the sun was trying very hard to peek out and it actually did for a few minutes, but that didn't last. Over the 60 minutes I spent photographing the big bull, the skies went from partly sunny to snow flurries to full out blizzard. It was so bad that after a while, I couldn't even see the elk anymore!

I took a lot of photos of this handsome bull, but I found this one to be the most interesting. In this image, the bull and a brown-headed cowbird are having some kind of stand-off....if that's even possible between an animal so big and an animal so small. Cowbirds hang around elk and other ungulates to collect the insects they attract and that's just what this cowbird was doing. The elk really did seem to have had enough of his feathered friend and after staring at him for a while, he swung his antlers to knock the cowbird off his back. The cowbird flew away, but a few minutes later he came back with a friend and they both landed on the elk. I don't know what happened after that since that's when the blizzard started, but I'm sure these tenacious little birds got what they needed from Mr. Big.
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:-) pěkný ale nereal
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Help Save Yellowstone's Grizzlies!

Grizzly bears are one step closer to losing protection under the Endangered Species Act, perhaps even as early as the end of 2014. It seems that our government is manipulating the data to get the result it needs to justify delisting of the grizzly. Top grizzly researchers say the bear population has been in decline for more than five years. If the bear is delisted, the efforts to restore grizzly bears over the past 38 years will be quickly reversed if current declining trends continue - and delisting would push Yellowstone's magnificent grizzlies back to the brink of extinction.

I care deeply about the fate of the grizzly and want to continue to see this majestic being on our landscape, and I'm not alone. Native people also care about the fate of the Great Bear who holds special spiritual significance in their culture. To that end, a Tribal Coalition has been formed to fight for the survival of the grizzly in the Greater Yellowstone Area. "Guardians of Our Ancestors Legacy", or GOAL, is committed to reconnecting tribal people to the ancestral landscape that is Yellowstone and preserving the grizzly bear - the most powerful symbol of spiritual regeneration and renewal.

Please visit and to get the facts about grizzly delisting and to see what you can do to help ensure the survival of the grizzly in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
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No one cares aboit the photo care about the bare.
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"Crown Royal"

I have a real soft spot for Yellowstone's bull elk. There are many spectacular animals in the park and all are beautiful in their own way, but there is something particularly regal about the carriage and bearing of a bull elk in his prime. Their beauty is almost enough to take your breath away. I photographed bull elk during most of the holiday weekend and promised myself that I would try to photograph something different yesterday, but when I saw this handsome fellow come out of the fog and stand so proudly in the early morning light, I couldn't help myself. Maybe tomorrow I'll try for something different.....that's as long as there are no bull elk around!
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Yes Sandy u r very lucky to c and experience this beauty of our world. Take a breath and view this to get our minds away from this dangerous world. Thank u
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"The Visitor"

I don't often see wolves on my drive in to Yellowstone, but that changed yesterday. Normally when I drive past Yellowstone Lake in the early morning, many large ungulates, including elk, mule deer and bison are at the shore drinking water. Yesterday I saw a black shape moving by the lake, but it was so dim that I couldn't quite identify it. I thought it might be a wolf, but since the ungulates didn't seem spooked, I wasn't sure what it was.

I slowed my car to a crawl and saw the dark shape enter the treeline. After a few minutes the shape reappeared in the open...a lone black wolf. The wolf crossed the street and then began to climb over the burned timber heading away from the road. She (or he) paused for a moment and gazed to the west as I snapped this photo. The wolf quickly disappeared in the timber and although I stayed in the area for another 30 minutes, I didn't see her again.

I looked for the wolf again today along the shore of the Lake, but all I found were elk and mule deer. Of course I can't help but hope that I'll see this wolf again during one of my early morning drives, but I'm almost certain this is the first and last time we'll meet.

In case you might be wondering about the wolf's coat, she is shedding out her thick winter coat (the light tufts of fur) and will soon be covered in a sleek, black summer coat.

Apologies for the quality of this image. It was taken at a very high ISO due to very little available light.
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"The Moose Pond"

A large bull moose forages for aquatic vegetation in Grand Teton National Park.
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This morning, I photographed a bull elk at dawn along the Yellowstone River. This elk was the same beautiful bull I photographed with the cowbird on his back on Wednesday. I had gone to the spot where I saw him last and I was happy to find that he was still there.

After photographing the bull for a while, I noticed that he seemed to be staring at something in the river and appeared to be a bit alarmed. I tried to figure out what he was looking at and it appeared to me that he was looking at a big log floating down the river. On closer inspection, I could see it wasn't a log but a grizzly heading right towards us. I had my bear spray but I was far from my car so I pulled out my spray and started to back up, still watching the bear.

The bull elk bolted right past me into the trees and at that moment I could see it register with the bear that a person was standing near the shore. Thankfully, the bear seemed as afraid of me as I was of him and decided to swim to the other shore as I continued to back away. The bear, which looked like a big boar, finally made it to the opposite shore and ambled away.

I can laugh about it now, but I was pretty upset with myself for not reading the signs that elk was giving me sooner and for originally identifying the swimming grizz as a log. What on earth was I thinking? I know I was tired and probably wasn't as alert as I should have been, but that really doesn't fly when you're out by yourself in grizzly country. Nothing like an "almost" encounter with a grizz to make you realize how important it is to always remain alert and to always, always, always carry bear spray.
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Three coyote pups hide in the tall grass outside their den in Grand Teton National Park.
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Hahahahaha so cute!!!!
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  • Wild at Heart Images, Wildlife and Nature Photography
    Wildlife and Nature Photographer, 2008 - present
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    Certified Process Consultant-Quality Assurance Technical Reviewer, 2012 - 2013
  • Cody Laboratories, Inc.
    Quality Assurance Director, 2007 - 2011
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Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you. – Frank Lloyd Wright
I'm a wildlife and nature photographer living just outside the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Like a lot of people I meet, after my first visit to Yellowstone, I was hooked. I relocated from Long Island, New York, to be close to the Park and now, here I am. 
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