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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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Another shot at constructing Old Faithful Visitor Center

[Thursday, March 13, 2008] The National Park Service has announced that a contract has been awarded to build the new Old Faithful Visitor Education Center to CTA Architects Engineers of Billings, Montana and Swank Enterprises of Montana, builders of the recently opened Canyon Visitor Education Center. Groundbreaking for the two-story, 26,000 square foot, $27 million building is set for May …

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Debate rages over winter restrictions

Snowmobile travel in Yellowstone National Park will be restricted to 540 trips per day starting in the winter of 2008-09, in a decision handed down by the National Park Service last week. Opponents of snowmobiles wanted a total ban on the vehicles, while proponents wanted to see the current daily limit of 720 trips maintained. That daily limit is somewhat …

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Bears force closure of part of YNP

Two attacks by grizzly bear in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park forced park officials to close a section near Gardiner.

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Bison slaughter in full swing

[Friday, February 22, 2008]  It’s mid-winter, time for Yellowstone park officials to round up bison that have wandered close to the park boundaries in search of food, and send them off for slaughter. The park reports that so far, 290 bison have been collected and shipped. The round-up is part of a state and federal project, the Interagency Bison Management Plan, to limit …

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Will the market do what Park Service couldn’t: shut down the East Entrance?

[Monday March 31,2008] Will the market end up doing what National Park Service officials couldn’t: close down the East Entrance during the winter? That is a likely outcome of the decision by the Park Service not to use howitzers to force avalanches, thus keeping the East Entrance open for winter access via snowcoach and snowmobile. Cody officials would like to …

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Tremors Felt in Yellowstone

[Wednesday, January 9, 2008] OK, so it wasn’t exactly something that shook the plates from the wall. Still, it was enough to be measured and noticed by many in Yellowstone National Park, especially in the northwestern corner of the Park: a magnitude 3.7 earthquake was registered at 2:37 p.m. by the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. Now, as far …

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Winter 2008 Elk Population Reported

[Tuesday, February 26, 2008]  As reported by the Yellowstone Cooperative Wildlife Working Group (an interagency team of resource managers and biologists), the elk population of Yellowstone’s Northern Range was counted February 14 under good conditions. A total of 6,279 elk were seen. Here is a comparison with other most recent years: 2005: 9,545; 2006: 6,588; and 2007: 6,738. The highest …

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