Wildlife of the Bighorn Basin

The Bighorn Basin is a special place.  It's beautiful.  It's rugged.  It's wild.

We are paleontologists, but it isn't just the life of the past that fascinates us.  The modern plants and animals of this dry landscape are just as captivating and worthy of our admiration.  Many are endangered - threatened by invasive species, habitat decline, or climate change. 

Take a few moments to enjoy the life and scenery captured on camera and assembled on this page, and learn more about the amazing wildlife of this special region.  


Fauna in & Around the Bighorn Basin 

Photo by J. Schein

Photo by J. Schein

Photo by J. Schein

Checkered Skipper

(Pyrgus communis)

Image by J. Schein

Wood Tiger MOth

(Parasemia plantaginis)

Image by J. Schein

Mourning Cloak

(Nymphalis antiopa)

One-eyed Sphinx Moth

(Smerinthus cerisyi)

Image by J. Schein

Nevada Tiger MOth

(Apatensis nevadaensis)

Hummingbird Moth

(Hemaris sp.)

Image by J. Schein

Great Tiger MOth

(Arctia caja)

Stink bug nymph

(Chlorochroa sp.)


Photo by J. Schein

Northern Scorpion

(Paruroctonus boreus)

Prairie Rattlesnake

(Crotalus viridis)

Horned Lizard

(Phrynosoma sp.)

Photo by B. Malinowski

Bull Snake

(Pituophis catenifer)


Uinta Chipmunk

(Neotamias umbrinus)


(Ochotona princeps)


Unknown Squirrel

Desert Cottontail Rabbit

(Sylvilagus audubonii)

Photo by J. Schein

Sandhill Cranes

(Antigone canadensis)

Rufous Hummingbird

(Selasphorus rufus)

Photo by J. Schein

Mule Deer

(Odocoileus hemionus)

Mountain Goat

(Oreamnos americanus)



(Alces alces)


Red Fox

(Vulpes vulpes)

Image by BBPI Trail Cam

Mountain Lion

(Puma concolor)

Image by J. Schein


(Lynx rufus)