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Dinosaurs of Wyoming

Photo copyright 2005 by David Monniaux Wyoming, with its expansive plains and rugged landscapes, is not only known for its stunning natural beauty and rich cowboy history but also for being a treasure trove of dinosaur fossils. This state has unearthed some of the most iconic and significant dinosaur discoveries in the world—no prehistoric B-listers here. Let’s take a journey back in time to explore the fascinating dinosaurs of Wyoming.  Tyrannosaurus rex One of the most fa...

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Catching up with Grizzly 399 … again

Not pictured: Grizzly 399. A grizzly bear, but not 399. If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know we’re fans of the world’s most famous bear. No, not Smokey or Winnie the Pooh. We're talking about Grizzly 399. Last spring we wrote about the 28-year-old mama bear emerging from her den with her first cub since 2020. Let’s catch up with her and see how she’s doing this year. For context, grizzly bears usually live between 20-25 years and rarely make it to their 30s...

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Bison vs. Buffalo: What’s the Difference?

Image credit: Jack Dykinga You know those big, humped mammals with curved horns? The ones in the picture above? Yeah, those. Some call them bison, and some call them buffalo. Is one right? What’s the difference? Okay, okay—we’ll answer your questions. What is a bison? A bison (bison bison—and yes, that is its Latin name) is the proper name of the animal we’re referring to, scientifically speaking. There are two distinct species of bison: the plains bison and the woods biso...

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The Legend of the Jackalope

Photo by CGB Grey Picture this: You’re hiking along a solitary trail at dusk when suddenly, the bushes rustle. A strange creature bounds into the path, the glow of your flashlight gleaming on the white of its antlers. Its eyes shine up at you, full of mischief, and then—as quickly as it appeared—the creature vanishes into the brush, never again to be seen except in your imagination. You’ve just had an encounter with a jackalope, the great antlered rabbit, one of the West’s f...

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Sleigh Ride through the National Elk Refuge

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? In the elk refuge, snow is glistening. Winter is upon us and there’s snow place better to be than in Jackson! (We deeply apologize for that pun.) If you’re looking for a magical start to the holiday season, look no further than a sleigh ride through the National Elk Refuge. About the Elk Refuge First, a bit of background. It all started in the nineteenth century when the arrival of settlers in Jackson Hole resulted in a major disruption to elk migra...

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