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What are your picks for America's "Big 5"?

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What are your picks for America's "Big 5"?

i'm cross posting this from the Yellowstone forum.......

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in another thread i asked this question, but i thought i'd start a dedicated thread for it. my wife is south african, so she loves going back home. thus, over the past coupla years, we've taken our boys to several game parks in southern africa.... i like to remind her that north america has game parks of its own and we should visit them, thus our upcoming trip to yellowstone. alaska is also on my bucket list......

as you may or may not know, tourists going to african game parks have a list of "The Big 5" animals they need to tick off their sightings list. they are: lion, cape buffalo, elephant, black rhino and leopard. the original reason for compiling the list was from the game hunters' perspective, but nowadays, it's a safari tourist animal sightings list, so i'll leave it at that......

my picks are:

griz

wolf

bison

moose

cougar

what are your picks for America's Big 5?

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1. Re: What are your picks for America's "Big 5"?

America or Alaska?

I think the Big 5 in Alaska are: bear, wolf, caribou, moose and lynx. I haven't see a wolverine in the wild and few lynx, so those are always my top.

In the lower 48 it would be different, depending on the area.

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2. Re: What are your picks for America's "Big 5"?

In Denali they use the term Big 5 and use it to mean bear, wolf, caribou, moose and Dalls sheep. Hard to see wolves in Denali anymore though.

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3. Re: What are your picks for America's "Big 5"?

And how did I forget sheep?? Whoops! :)

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4. Re: What are your picks for America's "Big 5"?

ok, i guess i should say "North American Big 5", since the African "Big 5" encompasses pretty much the entire continent, or at least sub-saharan africa.... so, i'm talking all-out big 5, not regional big 5's!

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5. Re: What are your picks for America's "Big 5"?

Sasquatch!

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6. Re: What are your picks for America's "Big 5"?

or...

lobster, salmon, scallops, king crab, moose (top 5 must eats!)

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7. Re: What are your picks for America's "Big 5"?

forgot halibut & clams too! I like your list Scott! :)

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8. Re: What are your picks for America's "Big 5"?

As far as the list for the lower 48 goes, it really varies from region . . . I would think it would be similar to Alaska - bear, wolves, moose, elk, antelope, bison, cougar/mtn lion, mountain goats, etc.

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