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Category: Wildlife

What’s the Difference Between an Elk, a Reindeer, and a Caribou?

Elk, Reindeer, and Caribou are three animals that are similar and can easily be confused. We wanted to clear the air and get some facts straight on these animals so you never have to wonder which one is which ever again! ELK Here at the Flat Creek Inn we have a special love for elk…
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25 Best Gifts to Get the Outdoor Lover in Your Life 2020

  It’s that time of year again, and we’ve got some great ideas for you of what to get that outdoor lover in your life. We collected gift ideas that should appeal to just about anyone! Our personal favorite? The National Parks map (#4 below). Have fun shopping!   1. “Climb More Worry Less” mug…
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Elk Rut

It’s September, which means it’s a magical time of year. The verdant blanket of summer shuffles aside just enough for fall to poke its rosy head out for a few tentative moments and signal its imminent arrival. Also, it’s time for some elk lovin’. We at Flat Creek Inn know you’re secretly very curious about…
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Jackson Hole Wildlife, Part 7: Bighorn Sheep

It’s the bighorn sheep’s time for the limelight. If the 6th installment in this series was Return of the Jedi, our 7th installment is Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—with fewer Horcruxes, but more headbutting. Latin name: Ovis canadensis How big are bighorn sheep? Bighorn sheep are the largest wild sheep in North America, ranging in…
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Wolves in Yellowstone

The Wolf Yellowstone was founded to protect it’s natural, wild beauty. The wolves in Yellowstone, however, have not always been invited to the protected wilderness club. When the Park was first founded, understanding of ecosystems was different, and wolves were considered negative for the health of Yellowstone because they killed other animals. Nearly 140 wolves…
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Jackson Hole Wildlife, Part 6: Moose

Welcome back to our Wildlife of Jackson Hole series! This is the sixth installment, which basically makes it a very antler-heavy Return of the Jedi.*  Today: moose! Latin name: Alces alces How big are they? Moose are the largest members of the deer family, weighing up to 1200 pounds. To sustain their bulk, they have to eat…
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Jackson Hole Wildlife, Part 5: Elk

Welcome to the next installment of our wildly (get it?) popular series Wildlife of Jackson Hole! This week’s entry has a special place in our Flat Creek hearts, since they live in a giant refuge right across the street from us: the elk!  LATIN NAME: Cervus elaphus What’s an elk’s social life like? Elk are social…
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Jackson Hole Wildlife, Part 4: Pronghorn

One of our most popular blog series from last year, Jackson Hole Wildlife, returns this week with one Jackson’s most common animals: the antelope! You may see them out on the elk refuge, or you might be planning to hunt them later this year. However you’ve encountered them, let’s find out more about the antelope. …
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Calling All Elk Enthusiasts!

The Museum of Natural History in Salt Lake City has a special exhibit going on right now called Yellowstone: Invisible Boundaries. This exhibit is all about elk, and it will run until September 15th, 2019. We, here at the Flat Creek Inn, have a special interest in elk because our motel is right across the…
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