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Yellowstone's Winter Season Begins

Dec 15, 2017
Bison and snowcoaches share the road in Yellowstone National Park.
National Park Service

Motorized over-snow travel in Yellowstone National Park started Friday. Most park roads were closed in early November, and today’s winter opening means many of those roads will now be accessible by snowmobile and snowcoach.

Controversy in recent years about snowmobile use in the park has led to stricter regulations.

Congress is one step closer to passing a ban on mining near Yellowstone National Park, but members of Montana’s delegation don’t agree on all aspects of the legislation. 

Bighorn Sheep with suspected sore mouth disease.
Jacob Frank, National Parks Service

Bighorn rams in Yellowstone National Park are getting a lot of attention over some not-so-pretty close ups. Photos on the park’s Flickr page show multiple rams with swollen, distorted mouths.

Park officials said Monday that the photos are believed to depict the park’s first known cases of a sore mouth disease known as contagious ecthyma.

Yellowstone National Park's east entrance.
Diane Renkin, National Park Service

A proposed national park fee increase from $30 to $70 for a seven-day pass likely will negatively affect the gateway communities near the parks, according to a new study by the University of Montana.

The U.S. Department of the Interior recently announced its plan to increase fees in 17 of the most-visited national parks in response to a nearly $12 billion backlog due to deferred maintenance. Yellowstone and Glacier parks are on the list for the fee increase.

 A crosscountry skier in Yellowstone National Park.
Nate Hegyi

On Tuesday, a coalition of business leaders called on the state’s congressional delegation to pass a ban on mining near Yellowstone National Park by the end of this year. While Montana’s senators and lone congressman all support a ban, passing a bill probably won’t happen by the coalition’s deadline.

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