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Featured Image: Elk, Yellowstone National Park
Breadtag Sagas ©: Author Tony, 11 July 2019
Some random reading, quotations and thoughts on wolves, bears and wildlife in Yellowstone National Park and the Western USA
Introduction to Yellowstone National Park
We embarked on a tour of Western USA National Parks. Something I had wanted to do for years. We departed from Bozeman, Montana on 9 May 2019 our first stop was Yellowstone National Park, which is mostly in Wyoming with a small northern part in Montana. The park was just opening for the season and in some areas roads were still closed by snow.
Yellowstone is often referred to as the first national park in the world in 1872 (actually there was an earlier one in Mongolia). As well as the wildlife Yellowstone is situated on a vast caldera with the magma not far below the surface and has wonderful thermal attractions that rival New Zealand’s. The volcanic National Park of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu, in New Zealand established in 1894, which I wrote about earlier, is now the 6th oldest national park.
One forgets how early conservation efforts in the late 19th and early twentieth century led to the establishment of a network of wonderful national parks across the USA.