We started early - 6am - and were rewarded with an elk right next to the road as we left Grant Village. Further down the road, we spotted a mule deer doe with her fawn.
Native Americans described it as "snorts of an angry bull bison." We stopped to watch the steam and listen for birds (Yellow-rumped warblers, Chipping Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos).
Then it was on to Hayden Valley and another traffic jam.
I saw bison, then a "mob" of ravens off to the east. At first glance, it looked like they were following a herd of mule deer. Nope. It was a pack of wolves! Before we knew it, they were gone.
Later that afternoon, we got much closer looks at two lone coyotes, hunting along the road in Lamar Valley. More bison.
When we arrived at Mammoth, the northeastern corner of Yellowstone, we were puzzled by the new signs everywhere. ELK ARE DANGEROUS - NOT NOT APPROACH.
We didn't have to drive very far before we discovered what was behind the signs.
Remember - it is illegal to get within 100 yards of bears - or 25 yards of other wildlife