Welcome to the home (sett, den, burrow, lair, holt, hibernaculum, eyrie) of Yellowstone Wildlife Guides (YWG) LLC. If finding wildlife in Yellowstone is your goal, you've come to the right place. We can guide you to one of the most unique, varied wildlife viewing experiences available in the American West.

YWG is a part-time "step-on" guide service. In a step-on guide system, the client provides the transportation, entrance fees, and food for the outing, and we provide the services of a professional wildlife guide and the experience of a lifetime. This type of service saves the visitor both time and money. We cater to a variety of clientele including small groups, families, bus tours, van tours, universities and specialized groups. We have traveled around the world and welcome international visitors. And we are experienced in areas outside of Yellowstone as well, such as famed Red Rock Lakes and the Centennial Valley, the Beartooths, Grand Teton National Park, the Shields Valley, Bighorn Canyon and the Pryor Mountains, Crazy Mountains, and of course the most magical of all Glacier National Park and including the East Front of the Rockies, the Mission Valley and Flathead Lake. All of our guiding services occurs on state and county roads, or we team up with established and/or permitted workshops/educational programs/tour companies. YWG is not a tour company, but rather a small wildlife guiding service.

YWG is designed with the wildlife-viewing visitor in mind. The difference between YWG and other guide services is in our extensive experience in YNP and GNP, and knowledge of both mammal and bird ecology. Most visitors are looking for mammals such as grizzlies, black bears, wolves, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, bison, river otter, pine marten, badger, snowshoe hare, white-tailed jackrabbit, beaver, muskrat, etc. We can find many of these species and more (check out our free Yellowstone Mammal Checklist).

Mammals come easy for us and we know where to find bears and wolves with regularity, but we can locate the many birds of both areas as well. We can deliver with regularity most of the icon birds of the area in season. Examples include Trumpeter Swan, Barrow's Goldeneye, Swainson's Hawk, Dusky Grouse, Harlequin Duck, Black Rosy Finch, Red Crossbill, Ferruginous Hawk, Golden Eagle, Bald Eagle, Peregrine Falcon, Prairie Falcon, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, Clark's Grebe, Pinyon Jay, and if we're lucky, N. Pygmy-Owl, Northern Goshawk, Great Gray Owl and Bohemian Waxwing (check out our free Yellowstone Bird Checklist).

YWG is centrally located in two locations: 1-Gardiner, Montana (in close proximity to one of the greatest densities of wildlife found anywhere in the Greater Yellowstone area, at the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife is so abundant on the Northern Range near Gardiner that, at times, it is reminiscent of the Lewis and Clark era, and 2- Missoula, Montana (an exceptional bird and mammal treasure trove close to Glacier NP besides being a social and cultural center of Montana). As a result of booking your trip, expect to find an abundance of wildlife in both areas and develop a deeper understanding of the ecology of birds and mammals of the Big Sky state.

Since YWG is designed to be a part-time small business, the rest of the time we are out scouting in the field and making new discoveries of our own. Enjoy browsing this site (and be sure to visit our birding site, www.ravenidiot.com). If YWG can be of assistance please let us know. But most importantly, it is too nice to be inside, so we'll "See You in the Field!"

Three-part sequence of wolves killing an elk in water by Terry McEneaney. Photo #1 - wolves on shore and wolf in water chasing elk left.

Photo #2 - wolf continues chasing elk in water heading right.

Photo #3 - wolf and elk make contact and go underwater.


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