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Yellowstone: Where the buffalo no longer roam

[Friday, March 22, 2008] There are few things inviting more passionate discussion than the state of the Yellowstone National Park bison. But when the news emerged last week that the National Park Service has culled a quarter of the Yellowstone herds in the name of management, many observers of Yellowstone National Park deemed the slaughter as being abnormally extreme, verging …

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Yellowstone Park bison to be held and released in spring

[Wednesday, March 19, 2008] The Stephens Creek bison holding facility is now being used to hold bison attempting to migrate out of the park until spring. The bison will be tested for brucellosis, those that test positive will be sent to slaughter; those that test negative will be released back into the park when forage becomes available in spring. Until …

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Conservation group to purchase Cooke City area mining claims

[Wednesday, March 18, 2008] Trust for Public Land plans to use $8 million to buy private mining claims in the New World Mining District of Cooke City, Montana for donation to the U.S. Forest Service. For details click on the AP/Billings Gazette link below.

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Yellowstone bison kill count sets record

[Wednesday, March 18, 2008] As of Monday, March 16, 1,098 bison have been shot or sent to slaughter as they attempted to leave Yellowstone Park, topping the old record from 1996-1997 of 1,084. The number may exceed 1,200 in the coming days, which will be approximately one quarter of the park bison population (estimated: 4,700 bison, 2007). For details click on the …

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Yellowstone Park wolf packs are larger and older

[Wednesday, March 19, 2008] According to recent studies, Yellowstone Park wolf packs have more members on average and have older average age than packs in the surrounding Greater Yellowstone Area. This may be a significant indicator of the environmental conditions.  For details click the Jackson Hole News and Guide link below.

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Bears emerge – from dens and political ads

[Tuesday, March 11, 2008] Bears are coming out in Yellowstone; it must be spring. Bears are coming out in political ads too; it must be…election season. First, the news from the field: Tracks from a bear of unknown species have been seen this week in the Central Plateau of Yellowstone National Park. It’s about this time of year that bears …

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Greener blacktop in Yellowstone National Park

Keeping in the tradition of environmental conservatism, Yellowstone National Park announced yesterday that they will use “warm-mix” asphalt on a road-paving project in Mammoth Hot Springs. John Twedt, who works for Century Industries, the company on contract for road work, told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle the area being paved is, “in a wildlife-sensitive area the administration parking lots, where wild …

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Hares and Lynx

[Friday February 29, 2008] The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it intends to designate 42,753 square miles in six states as an area under tighter federal oversight for protection of the lynx as an endangered species. This area will include much of Yellowstone National Park and large portions of Teton and Lincoln counties in Wyoming. This ruling would reverse earlier …

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West Yellowstone entrance closing for construction

[Thursday, March 6, 2008] To allow reconstruction of the West Entrance station, the West Entrance will be closed beginning the evening of Sunday, March 9. Since the park’s roads are closed to all traffic (snow or non-snow vehicles) between March 9 and April 18, this specific closure will not have much effect. It may delay off-season bicycle access. The Riverside Trail bypasses the …

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Goodbye, winter season; hello, summer

It is late in the season to be making your Yellowstone National Park plans. That seems incredible for those of us used to making arrangements just a few months before heading out, but this year’s summer season should be one of the busiest ever, if early reservations are any clue, although there’s still a lot of availability outside the Old …

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