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More elk feeding?

[Thursday April 3, 2008]  One of the other major wildlife management problems of the Greater Yellowstone Area popped up recently. Bridger-Teton National Forest officials have broached the idea of increasing the size of the elk feeding areas near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Although the killing of 1400 bison attempting to leave Yellowstone National Park has garnered most of the attention this winter, the elk …

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GAO: Bison slaughter unnecessary, wasteful

[Thursday April 10, 2008] Reverberations related to the spring slaughter of more than 1,400 bison wandering outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park are being felt in Washington, where a report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) argues the bison management plan enunciated in the 2000 Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) is deficient and ineffective at managing the bison …

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Water flow up — and that’s good news for fishermen

[Tuesday April 8, 2008]  In general, low water levels means poor fishing in Yellowstone National Park — and in recent years low water has been the rule, rather than the exception. But that could change this coming season, as the water-supply forecast from the National Resources Conservation Service — part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture — indicates the water …

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Closure on a major mining dispute

[Monday, March 17, 2008] A non-profit organization, Trust for Public Land, has announced it will purchase for $8 million the last significant remaining privately owned land and mining claims of the “New World Mining District” and re-sell it to the U.S. Forest Service. This will bring closure to one of the hottest Yellowstone controversies of the 1990s. The historic New World …

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Winter visitors up slightly in 07-08

[Thursday April 3, 2008] There was a slight uptick in the number of winter visitors to Yellowstone National Park in 2007-2008, but the larger story is how the nature of those visitors is changing — a trend we think will become more pronounced in coming years. Yellowstone officials announced a total of 301,600 people visited the Park in the winter …

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Small earthquake awakens residents of Park region

A small earthquake was reported at Yellowstone National Park at 5:59 this morning, centered in an area around 15 miles north of the the East Entrance. (See above GYR News Map) Measured at a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter scale, the earthquake was felt as far north as Billings and as far southeast as Thermopolis, Wyoming. The location of …

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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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News Track – May 2008

Coalition sues federal government over wolf status WOLVES: An attorney for a coalition of twelve animal rights groups filed suit today in U.S. District Court at Missoula, Montana, seeking an immediate injunction to suspend state management of wolves, pending a final resolution of the case. The groups, reacting to the de-listment of the wolves as an endangered species and the …

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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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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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