Everyone likes to see wildlife, but be smart about it please. Don’t approach animals; they are wild! If you have to stop along a road pull completely off the road and park on appropriate pavement only. If you park on grass, which can be very dry, it’s possible the heat from under your vehicle could start a fire. Something we’re all very concerned about here in Arizona.
The Beefalo that hang out around the entrance station to Grand Canyon National Park’s North Rim are not native, but still wild. Even though they are a higher percentage of cattle than bison they are not tame or domesticated and can stampede without warning. So take your photos from inside the safety of your vehicle. DO NOT walk towards them!
OK, rant over. It’s just that sometimes I wonder if people just leave their brains home when they go on vacation.
After getting past the beefalo jam along State Route 67, the main road into the the North Rim, and breakfast at Jacob Lake I drove into the Kaibab National Forest on some unexplored gravel roads. Destination Lookout Canyon where I thought I’d take a hike. More about that later as I want to share some of the wildlife I saw during the day first.
Certainly not as big as a beefalo, but the attack was vicious. These little deer flies pack a punch with their sting. Yea, that’s my knee.
Only a little larger but not dangerous this Swallowtail butterfly hung around a spring I stopped to see.
Another bright yellow caught my eye when a Western Tanager flew onto this fence post.
Evidence of not so wild life left behind.
Then later a few acquaintances of the same. OK, so these are not really wild.
Yet as they graze through the forest, are responsible for making a total mess of the natural water holes.
Which should look like Deer Lake, fenced to keep cattle out. Water tanks are provided for livestock, but I guess water is water.
Raven flew over.
Wild turkeys stayed on the ground.
Oh yea, and there was a coyote too quick to get a photo of. What wildlife have you seen lately?
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