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Could rumblings of Yellowstone cause animals to flee from the caldera?

Yellowstone elk in their thousands leave the supervolcano each year to find higher grounds around the Yellowstone National Park. The annual mass migration gives the wild Yellowstone residents a chance to feast on fresh grass and calve for the Spring. However, scientists have discovered these centuries-old migration patterns are changing in response to environmental cues. According to researchers at the University of California, Berkley, tens of thousands of animals are now moving out of Yellowstone differently.

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William Henry Jackson, Great Falls of the Yellowstone near view. Yellowstone National Park. NARA 517650William Henry Jackson, Great Falls of the Yellowstone near view. Yellowstone National Park, 1871

1200 1872Thomas Moran Grand Canyon of the YellowstoneThomas Moran, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, 1872, Department of the Interior, loaned to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC 

1000 jackson 08 moran mammoth hotWilliam Henry Jackson, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone, 1871

s moran lot 67 1000Thomas Moran, Big Springs Yellowstone, 1872, photo courtesy Sothebys

1000 jackson wh yellowstone lakeWilliam Henry Jackson, Mary's Bay, Yellowstone Lake, 1871

Beneath this lake lies the largest supervolcano of North America

1200 bierstadt last 5megAlbert Bierstadt, Last of the Buffalo, 1889, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Past images of imagination showing near extinction event. Real culprit was much more mundane, barbed wire and railroad tracks cornered massive herds into overgrazing small sections of prairie, then starvation.

zabel bozeman todayBuffalo grazing near Bozeman, Montana, photo credit, Steve Zabel, Montana Trails Gallery - image taken about an hour ago

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About the Author

Robert Alexander Boyle

Robert Alexander Boyle

 Alexander Boyle is a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, CT where he majored in History. Prior to graduation he co-authored the seminal book Acid Rain in 1983. Alex has worked for the Metropo...