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Yellowstone Visitors 3 Million Strong in ’09

Yellowstone National Park

It's been a record-setting year when it comes to visitors to Yellowstone National Park, and by the time you read this another big record may have set, as more than 3 million visitors have already passed through the Park gates so far this year.

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Grizzlies Back on Endangered List

Yellowstone Grizzly

Yellowstone Grizzly Bear

Grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem should immediately be placed back on the Endangered Species List, as a federal judge rules the Bush Administration had no business removing the bears from protected status.

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Yellowstone Winter Use Plan Stays in Place After Appeal

Snowmobiles in Yellowstone

Snowmobiles in Yellowstone

It may not have been the most ringing of endorsements of National Park Service management, but the end result was the same, as Wyoming District Court Judge Clarence Brimmer -- no fan of NPS practices -- declined to strike down a Yellowstone National Park temporary winter-use management plan, leaving intact a limit of 318 snowmobiles per day in the upcoming winter season.

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Small Fire Forces Sepulcher Mountain Trail Shutdown

Yellowstone National Park

A small fire on Sepulcher Mountain caused by a lightning strike has forced Yellowstone National Park officials to close down the popular Sepulcher Mountain Trail, near the park’s northern boundary and about three miles west-northwest of Mammoth Hot Springs.

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Another Free Weekend Coming Up

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone entrance signIt's time for another free weekend in Yellowstone National Park, as entrance fees to America's oldest National Park will be waived on July 18-19, the second time this summer the Park Service has taken this step to spur interest in national treasures.

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Yellowstone to Host First-Ever BioBlitz in August

Marmot

MarmotThis should be an event worth attending: some of the area's top researchers and scientists -- including ichthyologists, ornithologists, mammalogists, entomologists, herpetologists and botanists -- will be gathering in Yellowstone National Park on Aug. 28-29 for the first-ever Yellowstone National Park BioBlitz, a 24-hour inventory of all living organisms.

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Yellowstone Gems: West Thumb

West Thumb

One of the joys of wandering through Yellowstone National Park is stumbling across one of its many unique gems. True, pools, basins, mud volcanoes, and geysers are everywhere in the park. They are what helped make Yellowstone America’s first National Park. In the next few weeks we’ll be taking inside looks at gems found not that far off the beaten path. Today we’ll look at one basin that is often overlooked when stacked against all the bigger, seemingly more active basins: West Thumb Basin.

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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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Destination Yellowstone

If you told your friends or family that you were going to spend some of your vacation in an active volcano, they might think you were crazy. Yet every year more than three million people do exactly that. Yellowstone National Park is a volcano. Almost everything that is special in Yellowstone is the result of being one of the world’s largest active volcanoes, in fact, a super-volcano. Fortunately, Yellowstone’s current volcanic activity is limited to hot water and earthquakes -- no eruptions, flowing magma, or cataclysmic explosions. Yellowstone did the cataclysmic explosion thing about 640,000 years ago and is resting for a possible encore in some more tens of thousands of years. Yellowstone the volcano is not going to erupt anytime soon.

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