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Yellowstone Insider editors bring you up-to-the-minute information about what's happening at Yellowstone National Park.

No, Yellowstone is Not a Petting Zoo

August 2019 bison petting

A viral video shows a tourist petting a Yellowstone National Park bison, but despite the uneventful outcome, officials warn that Park wildlife is still dangerous, and an approach like this could be deadly.

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Concessionaire Worker Confesses to Starting North Entrance Fire

Pollux Fire

A seasonal concessionaire employee pled guilty to starting a July 26, 2019 North Entrance fire by dropping a lit cigarette on the ground while sitting at a picnic table, igniting the blaze. 

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Chittenden Road, Mount Washburn Trail to Close Aug. 6

Chittenden Road

A closure to note for any upcoming Yellowstone National Park visit: The Chittenden Road and trailhead parking area, along with the Mount Washburn Trail via the Chittenden Road, will close August 6-8.

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Remains of Lost Concessionaire Employee Recovered

Yellowstone National Park South Entrance, Yellowstone visitation

The remains of  Feiyang “Isaac” Xiang, a 21-year-old male from China and a lost concessionaire employee from a 2015 drowning incident, have been found and positively identified.

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Decision Clears Way for Yellowstone Seasonal Employee Housing

Yellowstone National Park

We could see construction of sorely needed Yellowstone seasonal employee housing after the National Park Service (NPS) acting Intermountain Regional Director signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the environmental assessment (EA).

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Crews Contain Yellowstone North Entrance Fire

North entrance fire

Crews contained a fire between the Yellowstone north entrance and the Gardner River, as a human-caused incident affected four acres and stopping traffic from entering the National Park.

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More Yellowstone Wildlife Incidents, This Time Involving Black Bears

black bear NPS

After several more Yellowstone wildlife incidents involving black bears, National Park Service officials are asking visitors to exercise more caution when handling food at campsites.

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Nine Year Old Injured in Yellowstone Bison Incident

bison wallowing June 20 2017

A nine-year-old girl was injured in a Yellowstone bison incident yesterday, part of a larger event that saw a group of approximately 50 people being far too close to a bull bison near Observation Point Trail in the Old Faithful Geyser area. 

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2019 Yellowstone Fire Season Opens with 7 Mile Hole Fire

7 Mile Fire

The 2019 Yellowstone fire season is underway, as Yellowstone National Park officials have set up an observation of the 7 Mile Hole Fire, located three miles east of Canyon Village.

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Historic Mount Holmes Fire Lookout Burns Down

Mount Holmes Lookout Fire

The historic Mount Holmes Fire Lookout is no more, burning to the ground Tuesday afternoon after being hit by a lightning strike generated by a severe thunderstorm.

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