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Idiots cited for defacing Old Faithful

Yellowstone National Park fans are regular visitors to the Old Faithful webcam: it’s a wonderful window to the iconic feature of the Park, a sure way to lift spirits in the depths of winter, a way to whet appetites before a trip and a great reminder of a completed trip. The Old Faithful webcam now has a new use: law-enforcement …

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Preparing for the 2009 Yellowstone Season: Looking at Airfares

With the current economic conditions and airlines slashing fares to attract consumers, you’d think it would be easy to find an affordable and convenient fare for a Yellowstone National Park visit. Think again. Despite a general decrease in the cost of airline fares in recent months, the cost of flying to one of Yellowstone’s gateway cities is still as high …

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Govs slam federal brucellosis plan; Yellowstone bison in the crosshairs

A federal plan to set up a brucellosis management zone around Yellowstone National park would do nothing to eliminate the disease while stigmatizing stockmen in the area, according to the governors of Wyoming and Idaho. Under the plan, cattlemen in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem would be required to regularly vaccinate cattle and test for brucellosis; these steps are required only …

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The biggest hit of Yellowstone’s summer season so far? The Canyon Pack

It’s not often a new pack pops up in Yellowstone National Park. Especially when it pops up right on the doorstep of the Park’s headquarters. But that’s exactly what happened this weekend when a remnant of the Hayden Park decided to den right outside Mammoth Hot Springs. Now dubbed the Canyon Pack, the group of three males and one female …

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Wolves officially delisted from endangered list; let the lawsuits begin

It’s official: the Obama Administration went ahead with a delisting of grey wolves from the Endangered Species list, removing protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana but retaining protections in Wyoming. The delisting, which was first proposed by the Bush Administration and then approved by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, would allow the hunting of wolves in every state …

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Wraith Falls trail closed for most of May

There’s not a lot of time to prepare for the crowds at Yellowstone National Park — a point made clear by the first trail closure of the nascent 2009 season, as construction work on a popular, short trail will temporarily curtail the opportunity to view an iconic Yellowstone waterfall. Park trail crews will work on the half-mile trail leading to …

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Small wolf pack takes up residence just outside Mammoth

So much for a Yellowstone wolf pack avoiding contact with humans. A small pack — three black males and a gray female — have taken up residence a quarter mile east of Yellowstone National Park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs. Complicating things: the female probably gave birth to a litter in recent days. Now, we’re not going to tell you …

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Want Yellowstone to yourself? Head out in springtime

Some argue the best time to visit Yellowstone National Park isn’t the height of summer when the weather is gorgeous and the crowds descend on the Park’s hot spots, but rather now: the early days of the season when visitors are scarce and the wildlife is out. You can tell we’re a little itchy to head out to Yellowstone, but …

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Another lawsuit filed challenging wolf delisting

Wolf!

Another legal salvo has been fired in the controversial wolf-management plan proposed earlier this year, as the Greater Yellowstone Coalition filed its own lawsuit opposing the removal of the wolf from the Endangered Species list.

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Visitor numbers up 20 percent in May: NPS

Yellowstone National Park

For those worried about a slow season ahead in Yellowstone National Park, the May numbers should alleviate some concerns, as the National Park Service announces visitor numbers for May 2009 were up sharply over a year ago.

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