Yellowstone Alphabet Book: FGHIJ

A ref fox cocks its head while looking at snow
Red fox

NPS / Neal Herbert

F is for Fox

Red foxes are the smallest canine in Yellowstone. They are one of three native subspecies of red foxes in the United States. Most foxes in the lower 48 states, especially in the East and Midwest, are a subspecies of fox from Europe introduced for fox hunts and fur farms in the 1700s and 1800s.

Grizzly bear and cub
Grizzly bear

NPS / Jim Peaco

G is for Grizzly Bear

Grizzly bear cubs are born in winter dens. The cubs do not hibernate, but they sleep next to the sow (mother), nurse, and grow rapidly. Bears sometime awaken and leave their dens in the winter. Safe traveling in bear country begins before you get on the trail.

A snowshoe hare sits in the middle of sparse grass.
Snowshoe hare


H is for Hare

The fur of the snowshoe hare turns white in the winter to help them blend in with snow and avoid predators. It takes 70 to 90 days for the fur to transition to a different color.

white-faced ibis
White-faced ibis


I is for Ibis

The white-faced ibis a western wading bird that is very similar to the glossy ibis found on the Atlantic Coast.

A light hare sits among juniper and bare ground.
White-tailed jackrabbit


J is for Jackrabbit

Despite its common name, the jackrabbit is more closely related to other hares than to rabbits. Like the much smaller snowshoe hare, the jackrabbit has a grayish-brown summer coat that turns nearly white to provide winter camouflage in areas with snow cover.


More Pages

Select a set of letters to see photos of an animal whose name starts with that letter and to read a little bit about the animal:
  • ABCDE: Amphibian, Bison, Coyote, Deer, Eagle
  • FGHIJ: Fox, Grizzly Bear, Hare, Insect, Jackrabbit
  • KLMNO: Kestrel, Loon, Moose, Nutcracker, Otter
  • PQRST: Pronghorn, Thermus aQuaticus, Raven, Sheep, Trumpeter Swan
  • UVWXYZ: Uinta Ground Squirrel, Vole, Wolf, LynX, Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout, Zygogonium

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Last updated: May 17, 2016

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