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Yellowstone receives $14.7 million in stimulus funds for infrastructure improvements

Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel

Mammoth Hot Springs HotelA windfall of $14.735 million in federal stimulus funds will allow Yellowstone National Park to fund a variety of projects both big and small within the Park.

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Some Yellowstone National Park roads to open Friday

Parts of the road system at Yellowstone National Park are slated to open this Friday, as cars and RVs will be able to drive between North and West Entrances to Norris, Madison, Canyon and Old Faithful will be accessible after 8 a.m.

In addition, the National Park Service announced road openings for the rest of the season. 

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New wireless plan announced for Yellowstone

Civilization will encroach on Yellowstone a little more this summer with a limited expansion of the wireless system within the Park and the installation of WiFi networking in most, but not all the hotels within.

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Could the grizzly end up on endangered list again?

Last year was a rough one for the Yellowstone grizzly-bear population: in 2008 71 grizzlies were killed out of a total population of 600. That's more than one-tenth of the estimated Yellowstone National Park grizzly population.

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Is train service to Yellowstone in the cards?

Gardiner Train Station

Download a current Amtrak service map and you’ll see a huge hole in the middle of the West: Wyoming, one of the few states in the Union lacking rail service. That wasn’t always true.

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Wolf battles heat up yet again; expect a summer of lawsuits

Wolf!

 

howling wolf

The announcement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the proposed delisting of greater Yellowstone Ecosystem wolves from the federal endangered species list is eliciting the usual reactions from both sides in the long-running dispute: the threat of lawsuits.

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Bison herd moved out of Yellowstone

By Sean Reichard A herd of 41 bison are being moved from Yellowstone National Park to the Wind River reservation in Fremont County, Wyoming. This is part of an effort to spare the bison from a government program that slaughters bison in an effort to prevent brucellosis from spreading to other animals. The bison are currently set to stay in …

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Paucity of East Entrance visits reopens debate on winter plan

Yellowstone National Park officials are openly concerned about the future of the East Entrance during the winter season after only 97 snowmobiles and no snowcoaches used that route to enter the Park. It costs the Park $325,000 annually to keep the East Entrance and the Sylvan Pass open. It’s not easy: Because there’s a constant danger of avalanches, a bazooka …

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Visitor numbers down last winter; recession, uncertainty to blame?

A bad economy and uncertainty about the legal status of the winter season probably drove down the number of visitors to Yellowstone National Park this past winter, as 86,793 visitors came to the Park between December 2008 and March 2009, down 13.2 percent from last year’s number of 99,975. In an economic recession as widespread as the one at hand, …

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New management plan would allow more bison out in winter

A new management plan proposed by Montana and U.S. officials would allow more bison to roam past the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park this winter, as surrounding states work out a management plan for brucellosis. THe new plan combines a previous proposal to eventually allow up to 100 bison to head north of the Park via the Royal Teton Ranch …

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