Yellowstone National Park Animals

Located in the western United States, Yellowstone Park is the first ever national park in the country. It is widely believed to be the first in the world. About 67 mammals, 300 species of birds, five amphibians, six reptiles, and 16 fish species have been spotted at Yellowstone.

Some common animals found in the park include the American black bear, elk, and bison.

Yellowstone Animals

List of Animals that Live in Yellowstone Park

Mammals

  • American Badger
  • American Beaver
  • American Bison
  • American Black Bear
  • American Ermine
  • American Mink
  • American Pika
  • American Red Squirrel
  • American Water Shrew
  • Big Brown Bat
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Bobcat
  • Bushy-tailed Woodrat
  • California Myotis
  • Canadian Lynx
  • Common Muskrat
  • Common Raccoon
  • Cougar
  • Coyote
  • Deer Mouse
  • Desert Cottontail
  • Dusky Shrew
  • Dwarf Shrew
  • Fisher
  • Fringe-tailed Bat
  • Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel
  • Gray Wolf
  • Grizzly Bear
  • Hoary Bat
  • Least Chipmunk
  • Little Brown Bat
  • Long-eared Myotis
  • Long-legged Myotis
  • Long-tailed Vole
  • Long-tailed Weasel
  • Masked Shrew
  • Meadow Vole
  • Montane Vole
  • Moose
  • Mountain Cottontail
  • Mountain Goat
  • North American Porcupine
  • North American River Otter
  • Northern Flying Squirrel
  • Northwestern White-tailed Deer
  • Northwestern Wolf
  • Pacific Marten
  • Pallid Bat
  • Plains Bison
  • Pocket Gopher
  • Preble’s Shrew
  • Pronghorn
  • Red Fox
  • Red Squirrel
  • Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
  • Rocky Mountain Elk
  • Rocky Mountain Mule Deer
  • Shiras Moose
  • Short-tailed Weasel
  • Silver-haired Bat
  • Snowshoe Hare
  • Southern Red-backed Vole
  • Spotted Bat
  • Striped Skunk
  • Townsend’s Big-eared Bat
  • Uinta Chipmunk
  • Uinta Ground Squirrel
  • Wasatch Mountain Fox
  • Water Vole
  • Western Heather Vole
  • Western Jumping Mouse
  • Western Small-footed Myotis
  • White-tailed Deer
  • White-tailed Jackrabbit
  • Wolverine
  • Yellow-bellied Marmot
  • Yellow-pine Chipmunk
  • Yuma Myotis

Birds

  • American Avocet
  • American Bittern
  • American Coot
  • American Crow
  • American Dipper
  • American Goldfinch
  • American Kestrel
  • American Pipit
  • American Redstart
  • American Robin
  • American Three-toed Woodpecker
  • American Tree Sparrow
  • American White Pelican
  • American Wigeon
  • Arctic Tern
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Baird’s Sandpiper
  • Bald Eagle
  • Band-tailed Pigeon
  • Bank Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Barrow’s goldeneye
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Black Rosy-finch
  • Black Tern
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Black-bellied Plover
  • Black-billed Cuckoo
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Black-capped Chickadee
  • Black-crowned Night-heron
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Black-throated Gray Warbler
  • Black-throated Sparrow
  • Blue Jay
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Bobolink
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Bonaparte’s Gull
  • Boreal Owl
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Broad-tailed Hummingbird
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Brown Creeper
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Bufflehead
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Cackling Goose
  • California Gull
  • Calliope Hummingbird
  • Canada Goose
  • Canada Jay
  • Canvasback
  • Canyon Wren
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Caspian Tern
  • Cassin’s Finch
  • Cassin’s Vireo
  • Cattle Egret
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Chukar
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Clark’s Grebe
  • Clark’s Nutcracker
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Grackle
  • Common Loon
  • Common Merganser
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Common Raven
  • Common Redpoll
  • Common Tern
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Cordilleran Flycatcher
  • Crested Caracara
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Dusky Flycatcher
  • Dusky Grouse
  • Eared Grebe
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Eurasian Collared-dove
  • Eurasian Wigeon
  • European Starling
  • Evening Grosbeak
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Flammulated Owl
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Franklin’s Gull
  • Gadwall
  • Golden Eagle
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Grasshopper Sparrow
  • Gray Catbird
  • Gray Partridge
  • Gray-crowned Rosy-finch
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Great Gray Owl
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Greater Scaup
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Green Heron
  • Green-tailed Towhee
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Hammond’s Flycatcher
  • Harlequin Duck
  • Harris’s Sparrow
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Herring Gull
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Horned Grebe
  • Horned Lark
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow
  • House Wren
  • Killdeer
  • Lapland Longspur
  • Lark Bunting
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Lewis’s Woodpecker
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Long-billed Dowitcher
  • Long-eared Owl
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • MacGillivray’s Warbler
  • Mallard
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Marsh Wren
  • Merlin
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Mountain Chickadee
  • Mourning Dove
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Northern Flicker
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Northern Harrier
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Pygmy-owl
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Northern Saw-whet Owl
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Shrike
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Osprey
  • Ovenbird
  • Pacific Loon
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • Pine Siskin
  • Pinyon Jay
  • Plumbeous Vireo
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Prothonotary Warbler
  • Pygmy Nuthatch
  • Red Crossbill
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Redhead
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Red-necked Phalarope
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Rock Wren
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Ross’s Goose
  • Rough-legged Hawk
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Rufous Hummingbird
  • Rusty Blackbird
  • Sabine’s Gull
  • Sage Thrasher
  • Sagebrush Sparrow
  • Sanderling
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Short-billed Dowitcher
  • Short-billed Gull
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Snow Bunting
  • Snow Goose
  • Snowy Egret
  • Snowy Owl
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Song Sparrow
  • Sora
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Steller’s Jay
  • Surf Scoter
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Swainson’s Thrush
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Thick-billed Longspur
  • Townsend’s Solitaire
  • Townsend’s Warbler
  • Tree Swallow
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Tundra Swan
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Varied Thrush
  • Veery
  • Vesper Sparrow
  • Violet-green Swallow
  • Virginia Rail
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Western Bluebird
  • Western Grebe
  • Western Kingbird
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Western Screech-owl
  • Western Tanager
  • Western Wood-pewee
  • White-breasted Nuthatch
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • White-faced Ibis
  • White-rumped Sandpiper
  • White-throated Sparrow
  • White-throated Swift
  • White-winged Crossbill
  • White-winged Scoter
  • Whooper Swan
  • Whooping Crane
  • Wild Turkey
  • Willet
  • Williamson’s Sapsucker
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Wilson’s Phalarope
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Wood Duck
  • Yellow Rail
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler

Reptiles

  • Bullsnake
  • Painted Turtle
  • Prairie Rattlesnake
  • Rubber Boa
  • Sagebrush Lizard
  • Valley Garter Snake
  • Wandering Garter Snake

Fish

  • Arctic Grayling
  • Longnose Dace
  • Longnose Sucker
  • Mottled Sculpin
  • Mountain Sucker
  • Mountain Whitefish
  • Redside Shiner
  • Snake River Fine-spotted Cutthroat Trout
  • Speckled Dace
  • Utah Chub
  • Utah Sucker
  • Westslope Cutthroat Trout
  • Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout

Amphibians

  • Blotched Tiger Salamander
  • Boreal Chorus Frog
  • Columbia Spotted Frog
  • Western Toad

FAQs

1. What are the most dangerous animals in Yellowstone?

Grizzly bears, American black bears, cougars, coyotes, Prarie rattlesnakes, gray wolves and moose.

2. What is the best time of the year to see animals in Yellowstone?

The winter months are a good time to see wolves and bighorn sheep, spring is the season in which bear sightings are the most common, and during summer bison, elk, moose, and mountain goats become active.

3. What are some of the rare animals living in Yellowstone Park?

The wolverine is the rarest animal in Yellowstone. Other rare animals include the Canadian lynx and the gray wolf.

4. Are animals leaving Yellowstone?

Each winter bison migrate north towards Montana and return during summer.