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Yellowstone Sees Second-Busiest June On Record

Jul 11, 2018
Tourists at Yellowstone Park's Grand Prismatic Spring.
Jacob W. Frank - National Parks Service (PD)

Yellowstone National Park had its second busiest June on record this year. In a statement from the U.S. Department of the Interior, park officials say 810,884 people visited the park last month, up slightly from June 2017.

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrats in Congress are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to explain the reassignments of dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park's superintendent who was offered an unwanted transfer and then told he'd be gone in August.

Emigrant Peak in Montana's Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone Park.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

A proposal to ban mining near Yellowstone National Park got its first hearing in the U.S. House today. It has the unconditional support of Montana’s lone representative, Republican Greg Gianforte.

Congressman Gianforte is an ardent supporter of the natural resources extraction industries. Even so, he testified against mining before a House Natural Resources subcommittee Thursday.

Yellowstone To Drivers: Honk If Approached By A Bear

Jun 12, 2018
Grizzly bear at Swan Lake Flats in Yellowstone National Park.
Jim Peaco (PD)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park administrators are telling visitors to honk their horn and drive away if a bear approaches and touches their vehicle after two cases of bears approaching cars.

Park spokeswoman Morgan Warthin said Tuesday that a grizzly bear near Yellowstone Lake came up to a car and started playing with its antenna in late May. Also in May, Warthin says, a black bear previously fed by people in the Mammoth Hot Springs area approached a vehicle, put its paws on a door and looked into the vehicle's windows.

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A woman was gored by a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park Wednesday morning after being within 10 yards of the animal.

59-year-old Kim Hancock of California was treated for a hip injury and transported to the Big Sky Medical Center. A press release from the park reports she is in good condition.

Four people have been injured in Yellowstone just over the past month.

Earlier this week, a woman was severely injured by a cow elk in Mammoth.

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