Earlier, I had posted about my visit to the Yellowstone National Park. What I did not emphasize enough on was the sighting of wildlife. Bison, mule deer, wolf, coyote, black bear and grizzly bear. Spotting of a mama grizzly bear playing with her two cubs was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. We spotted her on the last day of our stay in Yellowstone. A line of people had gathered by the side of the road with their cameras and binoculars to capture the rare sight. The traffic stalled for a good 30 minutes, until the bear family ventured deep into the woods, hidden by a cluster of trees. Later that day, after a long session of aww-ing at the adorable pictures that we took, I learnt that the hunting of grizzly bears as trophy animals has been legalized in Wyoming. This decision comes after a gap of four decades. The bar had been put earlier in view of the animal being endangered, and now that the numbers have grown by almost three times, the State has made hunting (only a restricted number) legal again. While the memory of the two bear cubs would stay immortal in our mind, we only hope their mortality is not in jeopardy.
My article about the spotting of these wonderful creatures in Yellowstone was published in a National Newspaper back in India. You can read it here.