14 extraordinary wild animals in the USA

The USA is home to a huge variety of wildlife. Here's where amazing animals across the USA.


Bald eagles

The iconic bald eagles can be spotted throughout Yosemite’s Tuolumne County. As many as 20 bald eagles have been sighted at one time during the winter at New Melones Lake and on the shores of Don Pedro Reservoir, where they roost in stands of foothill pines. The bald eagle is a sacred bird in some North American cultures, and its feathers, like those of the golden eagle, are central to many religious and spiritual customs among Native Americans.  

Wild horses

Salt River wild horses roam free in Mesa’s Tonto National Forest, in Arizona. A short drive from the US capital, Washington DC is the windswept barrier island of Assateague Island which is home to wild horses. The horses on the Maryland side of Assateague are managed by the National Park Service, and The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company owns and manages the Virginia herd, which is allowed to graze on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, and is are also known as Chincoteague ponies


Florida’s state animal is also its most endangered. The majestic Florida Panther is the only mountain lion subspecies found in the eastern US with an estimate of just 30-50 panthers living in remote wilderness today. They're occasionally spotted from the Loop Road within Big Cyprus National Preserve on Florida’s Paradise Coast. This remote road stretches for miles into pristine wilderness, and allows for wildlife spotting - hundreds of species of birds, alligators, turtles, river otters and for the lucky, the panther.


There are plenty of white pelicans on the Orange County coast with many wintering at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, a nature reserve and wetlands in the city of Huntington Beach, California. Designated by the California Department of Fish and Game, the reserve represents the culmination of a decades-long effort by activists who battled to protect the wetlands ecosystem from development. There are around 200 species living in the area.


Prairie dogs 

Badlands National Park, South Dakota, is a playground for prairie dogs, and huge herds of huge bison roami the sprawling grasslands here.


Monarch butterflies

The city of Santa Cruz in California is home to year-round whale watching, birding, otters and elephant seals, and seasonal monarch butterfly migrations. Monarch butterflies are one of Santa Cruz’s most beloved natural seasonal treasures - they return to Natural Bridges State Park in October for the winter.


Sea otters

From coast to inland, SLO CAL is home to an incredible variety of wildlife, from giant elephant seals to beautiful dolphins. The sea otters frolic, fish, play and crack open clams in the calm and protected waters of Morro Bay. 



Whale watching in Dana Point, California, is world class and they can be spotted throughout the year. The grey whale season is between November and April and the blue whale season between May and October. As well as whales, the waters of Dana Point are home to dolphins, seals and bird life.


American alligators 

These awe-inspiring animals bask in the Louisiana Bayous, or glide through the wetlands of Florida’s Everglades National Park


Santa Barbara has a pleasing population of seals as well as sea lions and dolphins. Harbour seals here take a snooze in their natural habitat, and view sea lions hanging out on the buoys.


Black bear

Yosemite Valley is a fascinating ecosystem filled with hundreds of different species, but the most impressive is the black bear. Fairly common around the valley in Yosemite Mariposa County, California - an estimated 300 – 500 live in Yosemite. While they may look cuddly, bears should be given a wide berth of at least 50 feet and never approached.


The enormous elk lives in the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. This 358 square miles park is home to herds of wild elk, which can be seen grazing in the meadows all year round. The best time of year is May to June when elk calves are born.


Dolphins and manatees

Wild bottlenose dolphins play in the warm waters of the Florida Keys, also home to turtles and West Indian manatees.

Mule deer

A common sight in the lush mountains of the Sierra Nevada, California, mule deer are usually dark grey-brown, with a small white rump patch and a small, black-topped tail. They migrate to higher altitudes in the spring and summer and to lower ranges in the autumn and winter where they live in the forests around the mountain town of Mammoth Lakes home. Easily spooked, these deer should be appreciated from afar. 

Posted on: 16/03/2020

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