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2007 – Visitor record set

[Tuesday, January 3, 2008]   It seemed like a busy year around Yellowstone National Park, and it was. A record number of visitors were recorded in the park – 3,151,342, up 9.8% from last year and exceeding the previous record of 3,144,405 set in 1992. Despite high gas prices and the first signs of recession, visitation made a dramatic increase. Any time the …

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Yellowstone in winter season

It’s that time of year: Yellowstone National Park workers prepared for the winter season, which opened Dec. 19. For many Park aficionados, winter is the most wonderful time of the year: the crowds are gone, the fireplaces are toasty, and the wildlife and geysers can be seen in front of a glorious backdrop of snow-covered trees and mountains. The true beauty …

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Wolf population grows; may be taken off endangered list

We will probably be in for another battle over the status of wolves in Yellowstone National Park, as officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are broaching the possibility of removing gray wolves from the national endangered list. Indeed, a cursory look at the numbers would seem to argue that the gray wolf has made an amazing comeback in …

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Mammoth to Tower road work delayed

Be prepared for some road delays in Yellowstone National Park in a few weeks, as the resurfacing of the highway between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower will start Aug. 6. That stretch of road is in sore need of repair. It’s also a key road in the Yellowstone world: it is one of the few that’s open year-round, as it …

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New light-eating bacteria discovered in Yellowstone

Scientists have warned for decades that they’ve barely touched the surface of what makes bacteria in Yellowstone National Park’s famous geysers tick; yes, we’ve know bacteria can thrive in unconscionably hot conditions and gain sustenance from the slimmest of food sources. But a new discovery may be the most breathtaking of all: scientists say they’ve found bacteria that can covert light …

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Yellowstone: winter was over on Friday

[Tuesday June 10, 2008] If you’re planning to head for Yellowstone National Park this week, you may be in for something of a shock – winter. This is almost mid-June after all, only a few days from the summer solstice, and at this time of year people have come to expect park roads to be open, campgrounds high and dry, …

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Troubled waters for trout in Yellowstone

It’s been a hard summer so far for trout in Yellowstone National Park and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, as warmer-than-normal water temperatures have forced National Park Service officials to close fishing on most of the park’s streams until further notice. That’s a pretty drastic act for Park officials, who realize the important of fly fishing to many Yellowstone visitors. But …

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Over the road snow season ends in Yellowstone

[Sunday, March 2, 2008] Park roads will close to snowmobiles and snowcoaches beginning March 2, from Mammoth to Norris, March 4 from Norris to Madison and Norris to Canyon, and all remaining roads from March 9. Plowing of roads will begin, as weather permits, later in March.

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Elk poaching, a federal case

[Thursday, February 28, 2008] A thirty-six year old Montana man was sentenced in federal court today for killing two bull elk in 2005 along U.S. Highway 191 in or near Yellowstone National Park. The conviction for illegal Possession of a Firearm, Unlawful Transportation of Illegally Possessed Wildlife, and Unlawful Possession of Illegally Taken Wildlife carried a sentence of four years …

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