Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park
3:21 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Possible Record-Setting Crowds In Yellowstone

Visitors enjoying Old Faithful
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Yellowstone National Park is on track to have one of its highest visitation years on record.

Park officials say more than 2.7 million people have visited the park so far this year. That's up six percent over the same period last year.

Gardiner-area business owner, Peggy Hoppe, says it's been a very busy summer.

The Hoppe's run North Yellowstone Vacation Rentals, offering one-room cabins on a working ranch near Yellowstone's north entrance:

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Yellowstone Snowmobile Permits
2:46 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Yellowstone Lottery Opens Park To Private Snowmobiles

A guided snowmobile group near Lower Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.
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This winter, for the first time in more than a decade, people will be allowed to ride snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park on their own, and not as part of commercially-guided trip. The Park is holding a lottery for a limited number of private snowmobile group permits. It opened last week.

Jack Welch, with the motorized access group Blue Ribbon Coalition says it’s a big deal.

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Drones In National Parks
6:53 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Yellowstone Drone Problems Don't Plague Glacier

Credit National Park Service

A German man has been charged with four misdemeanors related to crashing a drone into Yellowstone Lake this summer. In addition to violating the park’s ban on unmanned aircraft, Andreas Meissner is charged with filming without a permit, leaving property unattended, and giving a false report to authorities in the July 17 incident.

Yellowstone National Park Spokesman Al Nash says Meisner is not the only person to be cited for flying a drone in the park.

“We’ve actually charged three different people regarding use of unmanned aircraft in Yellowstone this summer,” Nash says.

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Home Ground Radio
5:00 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Dan Wenk, Superintendent Of Yellowstone National Park

Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
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Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park, walks in the footsteps of 142 years of leadership in the world's oldest national park. His decisions affect not only the park, but its neighboring landowners and businesses. "You don't answer the questions in national parks by building facilities. Oftentimes, it's (best) to leave the area alone. Try to give people a great, broad experience of what's in a national park, but don't commercialize that experience."

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Pea Green Boat
11:13 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Cross-Country Family Road Trip

An audio postcard. Beth Anne talks with Darryl, Nancy and Ray about their three-generation family road trip from Pennsylvania to Montana.  Nancy narrates the trip itinerary, from Falling Water in Pennsylvania to a farm in Ohio, from giant sand dunes on the shore of Lake Michigan to Buffalo Bill State Park in Wyoming. Darryl recalls an unusual encounter with a familiar four-legged critter in Yellowstone National Park in 1948. Twelve-year-old Ray chimes in with his perspective, including an alternative vision for the scenic Dry Fork drainage on the east side of Glacier National Park.

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Firehole Lake Drive Closure
3:16 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Melting Yellowstone Road Temporarily Closed

Firehole Lake Drive in Yellowstone National Park has been temporarily closed due to melting caused by nearby thermal features. (CC-BY)
Credit Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park officials have temporarily closed a loop called Firehole Lake Drive because of damaged road surfaces caused by extreme heat.

Park spokesperson Dan Hottle says extreme temperatures coming from the surrounding thermal areas have caused oil to bubble to the surface of the 3 mile loop that branches off a heavily-used route through the park called the Grand Loop Road, "creating an unsafe condition for drivers".

The closed loop usually takes visitors past Great Fountain Geyser, White Dome Geyser and Firehole Lake.

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Yellowstone Bison
5:23 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

YNP, State taking first steps toward new Bison Management Plan

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National Park Service officials are announcing a partnership with the state of Montana to consider changes to managing bison in and around Yellowstone National Park.

Hundreds of bison wander into the state from the park’s northern boundary during many winters.

Livestock owners worry about the animals damaging property and spreading disease.

The Park Service and the state have been operating under their current Bison Management Plan since 2001.

The agencies think it may be time for an update.

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Wolves
3:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Are wolf populations in Yellowstone leveling out?

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A new report shows a declining population of wolves in Yellowstone National Park, but a lead author describes it as a result of the predators coming into balance with their environment.

“The number of wolves are here that can be supported by prey,” said Doug Smith, Yellowstone Senior Wildlife Biologist and leader of the Yellowstone Wolf Project.

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Yellowstone National Park bison
1:36 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Remote vaccination of bison not likely for Yellowstone Park herd

Credit NASA

Yellowstone National Park administrators say shooting wild bison with vaccine-laced "biobullets" to prevent the spread of an animal disease would be too ineffective to justify the expense.

Today's announcement means a program that's led to the periodic capture and slaughter of thousands of migrating bison will continue.
 
       About half of Yellowstone's 4,600 bison test positive for Brucellosis, which causes pregnant animals to prematurely abort their young.

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Wolf Hunting
11:53 am
Thu July 11, 2013

FWP Commission approves more aggressive wolf season

Montana Wildlife Commissioners have voted unanimously to enact more aggressive hunting and trapping rules for the gray wolf. It’s part of an effort to reduce the predator’s population, which is still higher than state biologists want. This despite recent hunting seasons put in place after wolves were taken off the endangered species list a couple of years ago.

The new rules extend the hunting season, allow more wolves to be taken by individuals and allow the use of electronic calls.

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