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More Wolves = Fewer Elk = Yellowstone Aspen Comeback

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It’s being hailed as a success in restoring balance to the area: the reintroduction of wolves has lessened the elk population — which in turn is fueling a Yellowstone aspen comeback.

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Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt Blocked – For Now

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A proposed Yellowstone grizzly hunt in Idaho and Wyoming was blocked for two weeks by U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen, who ruled more consideration was needed about the decision to delist the bears by the federal government and turn management over to the states.

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Female Grizzly With Cub Identified in Recent Yellowstone Bear Attack

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Rangers have determined a female grizzly with at least one cub or yearling was responsible for yesterday’s Yellowstone bear attack, but no further action will be taken.

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Cool Weather, Showers Slow Bacon Rind Fire

Bacon Rind Fire Aug. 23

Though the Yellowstone fire danger is currently pegged at Very High, things are relatively quiet, as cool weather and scattered showers has helped stall the Bacon Rind Fire and preventing little new fire activity in the Park.

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Bear Spray Saves the Day in Yellowstone Bear Attack

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This is why you carry bear spray when hiking: A Yellowstone bear attack could have been much worse had a family not purchased and used bear spray to mitigate injuries to a 10-year-old boy.

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Bacon Rind Fire Expands to 1,838 Acres

Bacon Rind Fire Aug. 16

The Bacon Rind Fire on Yellowstone National Park’s western boundary has expanded to 1,838 acres — but most of that growth has been to the south and not impacting Park operations.

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Yellowstone Bear Trapping Begins Next Week

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If you’re planning any backcountry hikes this fall, you may want to be aware of this: scientific Yellowstone bear trapping by the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) and National Park Service runs from Aug. 21 through Oct. 31.

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Rotenone Usage To Target Nonnative Fish on Upper Gibbon River

Yellowstone cutthroat trout

The war on nonnative fish in Yellowstone National Park continues next week, as rotenone will be applied to the Upper Gibbon River drainage to kill off remove nonnative rainbow trout and brook trout.

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Two More Yellowstone Fires Reported; Bacon Rind Fire Impacts Traffic

Bacon Rind Fire, Aug. 13

We have two more Yellowstone fires reported — one already contained, one out — as the Bacon Rind Fire expands to 1,388 acres and causes Park officials to potentially deploy pilot cars due to heavy smoke.

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Wenk Departure Spurs Yellowstone Transition Time

Dan Wenk

With big crowds still descending on Yellowstone and regional disputes over bison spilling into Montana, the future of America’s first National Park is under scrutiny, especially with Dan Wenk’s imminent departure as superintendent.

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