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The wildlife encountered on our Glacier National Park Vacation


We recently spent 9 days in Glacier National Park and encountered several of the wild animals one hopes to see on a vacation such as this. Alphabetically we saw bears four times; once from a boat and twice across lakes. The one pictured below ambled past us about 100 feet off trail while we were sitting on a log enjoying a snack.

Black Bear

The Bison were easy to see as before entering the park we took a drive through the National Bison Range a few miles to the south.


These geese seemed to be teaching the young ones how to fly in formation.

Canada Geese

Mergansers had time for nothing but play.


The moose is the largest land animal in America. The bull was behind the island and wouldn't come out for a picture, and I wasn't fast enough with the camera when we arrived at this lake.


Mountain Goats can put all four feet on a ledge no bigger than a paper back book.

Mountain Goat

This young mule deer was following a hiker down the trail from Sperry Chalet.

Mule Deer

This pronghorn wasn't the least bit concerned by our presence.


We also saw 4 Big Horn Sheep about 15 feet from the road at Logan Pass. But the road construction had us in a stream of cars with no time or place to stop.

For some reason, I had a difficult time getting any of the wildlife to pose for me and mostly I got butt shots, which is the preferred side of a close-by bear sighting, for sure.


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Glenn Roberts



Comments (27)

Aaron Vaughn, REALTOR© 830-358-0455
eXp Realty - Canyon Lake, TX
My knowledge is your power | eXp Realty


Great job on collecting the memories with some very nice images. Wish I could have been there with you!

Sep 13, 2010 01:52 PM
Kiersten Vogt
Abington, PA

I like the pictures, thanks for the post!

Sep 13, 2010 02:00 PM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Aaron - It was a marvelous trip in spite of below normal cold.

Kiersten - You're welcome.

Sep 13, 2010 02:59 PM
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

Glacier National Park is an awesome place to visit. My step son drove a tour bus there last summer and a visit was mandatory. We just came back from Glacier Bay National Park in AK and agreed that had we not seen Glacier National Park that it would have been wondrous. However, having first been to Glacier National Park, I believe we could have saved our money and stayed home instead of taking the trip through the Inner Passage to Glacier Bay National Park.

Sep 13, 2010 03:31 PM
Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Hi Glenn~  I think I would like to be like the merganzers and have time for nothing but play!

Sep 13, 2010 03:41 PM
Chris Olsen
Olsen Ziegler Realty - Cleveland, OH
Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate

Hi Glenn -- Very cool.  I would have felt SOOO vulnerable with nothing between that black bear and me except a distance that I'm sure it could have closed faster than I could have widened it.  Weren't you nervous?

Sep 13, 2010 04:08 PM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

We still laugh at the last time we went to Yellowstone my youngest was two and she yelled out the window "Look Buffalo Butt! Can we get a picture?" We turned and sure enough there it was about a foot from her window and we did get the picture at her request and all got a good laugh. Still say Buffalo Butt when something is close up and pretty darn obvious to get the family to laugh.

Sep 13, 2010 07:23 PM
Jason Potrzeba
Webster Bank - Providence, RI
Mortgage Banking Officer

9 days there? You are very lucky!

Nice pictures.


Sep 13, 2010 10:07 PM
Toronto, ON

Glenn - Very nice scenic and wildlife photographs of your vacation at Glacier National Park.

Sep 14, 2010 12:47 AM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Glenn, sounds like you had a pretty good time on your vacation. The photos are great.

Sep 14, 2010 02:06 AM
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

How fantastic is this, Glenn? Did you also see glaciers? I've done the Beartooth Highway -- 212 --  from Red Bluff to Cooke City during a camping / hiking trip to Montana, but I haven't been to this park yet. In fact, I haven't even been to Yellowstone, but that will be rectified after next week. Love your photos, Glenn.

Sep 14, 2010 02:29 AM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Vickie - Alaska has been on our list for years and we're so close, but we haven't made it yet.

Vickie - The mergansers had it made.

Chris - I've seen black bear in the Cascades often and they always run at the sound of a human voice. Unfortunately my wife always runs at the sight of a bear and I wasn't able to wait for a better angle.

Todd - Those big brutes have no respect.

Jason - We've found that real estate in Seattle is essentially dead for the two weeks around Labor Day. Often then is our best weather of the year and everyone gets out in it.

Marc - The chance meetings in the wild are the most fun. Wish I was quicker with the camera.

Michael - We did have a wonderful time.

Elizabeth - We did see 5 or six of the glaciers. They are quite small compared to the glaciers on Mt Rainer. Have a great time in Yellowstone. I've only driven through there once at the tail end of another trip.

Sep 14, 2010 02:51 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Glenn...what is it that causes us so much pleasure when we see wildlife up close and in their natural habitats? To me, this is one of life's pleasures and mysteries. I always marvel on how animals make their way working with nature and their environment and with just a minimum of intelligence. When you compare that to the way mankind journeys, a little shame tends to enter the picture as we are not good stewards of what we see and possess. Most fascinating post.....thank you Glenn....

Sep 14, 2010 02:53 AM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Richie - Animals are fascinating. I learned this trip that a bear can consume 100,000 berries in a day when preparing to hibernate. And that a 40 lb wolverine can bring down a moose. 

Sep 14, 2010 03:11 AM
Richard Shuman
The Only B.S. I Have is from the University of Massachusetts - Lake Mary, FL
Real Estate Broker - Orlando Area - Love Referrals

What a wonderful trip you must have There's nothing more relaxing than taking time to enjoy what nature has to offer. I'm a little jealous.

Thanks for sharing!

Sep 14, 2010 03:40 AM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Richard - Vacations like this are well worth it for many reasons.

Sep 14, 2010 04:23 AM
Rene Fabre
First American Title - Seattle, WA
Marketing in the Digital Age

Fabulous pictures Glenn...  thanks so much for sharing them... The scenery is spectacular and living in the city, you forget sometimes that there still are still wild animals, and there's still a wild. 

Sep 14, 2010 08:20 AM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

René - Getting back to the wild basics is good for the soul.

Sep 14, 2010 08:49 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Felt like I was right there with you sir..............great job, great post, great pictures.  So glad you had a wonderful vacation...............

Sep 14, 2010 03:09 PM
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