Yellowstone National Park has boundaries created by humans and, arguably, for humans. But what of the wildlife that have migrated through this sanctuary for thousands of years?
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It is widely assumed that Yellowstone National Park is a year-round sanctuary for wildlife, a landscape that protects animals within park boundaries from human impacts. But the park alone can neither contain nor sustain many of the wide ranging species that people generally associate with it. Populations of large mammals, raptors, waterfowl, and many other species require space far beyond park boundaries during at least part of each year, to secure the resources necessary to survive and reproduce. To these creatures, the boundaries of our parks, forests and ranches are invisible.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is a museum just about an hour outside the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Many of these migrating species pass through our backyards. The BBCW works to educate the public on all aspects of Western history, including natural history. You can
support the museum by buying Western books and other Wild West gifts through Points West Market.