Animal and Plant Life Abound
Because of the different elevations, climates and conditions, certain animals have chosen their homes according to their specific needs. For instance, mountain goats, which are more like goat-antelopes, often live above the timberline, or the highest point at which trees can grow. It only makes sense since goats are agile climbers with cloven hooves and rough padded feet, often white in color like snow with dazzling beards and coats. They generally live in small groups and feast on grasses and alpine, or uppermost, mountain vegetation.
Bears, deer, mountain lions, furry hares and squirrels live below the timberline. You will find beavers, otters, pikas—a type of hare or rock rabbit—and other water-loving animals who fish hemmed into the rocky slopes and their nearby streams. Of course, streams are home to trout, pike, salmon, bass and many more types of fish. Turtle, snakes and frogs always seem to navigate near lakes and streams, laying on a rock sunbathing or making home under fallen logs.
In the valleys are bison, elk, coyotes, raccoons, beavers, birds and owls. The slopes in the valleys can be covered with trees, wildflowers and field-type varieties of plant such as lilies, daisies and sunflowers.