Yellowstone National Park

Capture and Slaughter Continues
4:56 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Weather Keeps Yellowstone Bison Harvest Numbers Below Target

Bison in the Stephens Creek capture facility near Gardiner, MT in Yellowstone National Park.
Credit Jackie Yamanaka

Another nearly 4-dozen Yellowstone National Park bison are scheduled to be loaded up today at the Stephens Creek Capture facility and delivered for slaughter in Big Timber and Columbus.

It’s part of the population control measures spelled out under the Interagency Bison Management Plan.

Yellowstone officials held a tour of the Stephens Creek facility yesterday.

Rick Wallen is the lead wildlife biologist for Yellowstone’s bison program.

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Grizzly Bears
5:10 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Warm Weather Has Yellowstone Bears Out Of Hibernation Early

A grizzly bear mother and cub in Yellowstone National Park

Relatively mild winter weather is bringing out the bears in Yellowstone National Park.

Park spokesman Al Nash says the first report of grizzly bear activity was confirmed late Monday afternoon.

The bears usually emerge from hibernation in early March.

They're hungry when leaving their dens and looking for an easy meal; namely, the carcasses of winter-killed animals.

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Yellowstone Bison
4:40 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Yellowstone Begins Culling Bison That Enter Montana

Bison make their way through deep snow in Yellowstone National Park.
Credit Jim Peaco (CC-BY-2.0)

Yellowstone National Park has started capturing bison near the park's north entrance and bison advocates have sued to stop it.

Disease management and carrying capacity are at the center of the operation.

Park spokesman Al Nash says a total of 800 to 900 bison that migrate out of the park could be removed.

"We're doing so to be able to approach the target bison population and to see if we can reduce the potential for a mass-migration of bison into Montana where there is still some limited tolerance."

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Wolf Reintroduction
5:26 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Wolves A Source Of Wonder, Controversy 20 Years After Reintroduction

The first wolf arrives in Yellowstone at the Crystal Bench Pen (Mike Phillips-YNP Wolf Project Leader, Jim Evanoff-YNP, Molly Beattie- USFWS Director, Mike Finley-YNP Superintendent, Bruce Babbitt-Secretary of Interior)
Jim Peaco (CC-BY-2.0)

Monday marked the 20th anniversary of the arrival of 8 wolves into Yellowstone National Park. That event marked the beginning of the recovery effort for the grey wolf, a species that had been absent from the Northern Rockies for more than 70 years.

Several of the former National Park Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials in the recovery effort met Sunday and Monday to reflect on the effort and consider the future of the grey wolf.

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Field Notes
2:27 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

The Trouble With Trumpeters

Flying trumpeter swans, Harriman State Park, ID. (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Charles Peterson

"By the 1930s, conservation groups across North America teamed up to help save the trumpeter, of which only 69 were known to exist. Various projects restored and increased breeding, wintering and wetland habitat, including the new Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Montana. Trumpeter populations rebounded and reached almost 35,000 swans by 2005.

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Yellowstone Geyser App
3:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Wondering When Old Faithful Erupts Next? There's An App For That

Old Faithful Geyser
Credit Jim Peaco (CC-BY-2.0)

Yellowstone National Park officials hope a smartphone and tablet app sparks curiosity about science and the nation's park system.

The app called "NPS Yellowstone Geyers".

Park spokesman Al Nash says it helps users find out when Old Faithful and five other predictable geysers could erupt.

"We're looking to see how we can harness technology to help us better serve visitors."

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Yellowstone Ski Festival
6:02 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Yellowstone Ski Festival Underway

It's all about the skinny skis in West Yellowstone this week.
Credit Yellowstone Ski Festival

 

With the Thanksgiving holiday comes the unofficial start of the ski season in much of the Northwest. Tuesday marks the start of the Yellowstone Ski Festival, an event that draws up to five thousand cross country skiers to the trails just outside the national park every year.

“We’ve had skiers out here skiing on our trails since weekend when we got a good batch of snow," said Moira Dow, festival's director.

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Fort Peck Bison Relocation
5:15 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Yellowstone Bison Arrive At Fort Peck Reservation

Yellowstone bison shuffle off of a truck after reaching their final destination at the Fort Peck Reservation.
Credit Courtesy of the Defenders of Wildlife

Nearly 2,000 pounds of wild bison lumbered out of a truck and down a ramp yesterday onto a pasture owned by the the Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation as members of the tribe greeted the animals with a song.

Dozens of excited people were there to see workers herd the animals into a 140 acre holding pen. Fort Peck Fish and Game officials said almost 100 bison were unloaded yesterday, with nearly 50 more expected today.

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Bison Relocation
6:25 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Yellowstone Bison Transferred To Fort Peck Reservation

Wild bison transferred from Yellowstone National Park arrived at the Fort Peck Reservation Thursday, Nov 13.
Credit Public Domain

A herd of wild bison relocated from Yellowstone National Park arrived at Montana's Fort Peck Indian Reservation today.

The bison were initially captured migrating out of the park, and were kept on media mogul Ted Turner’s ranch for the last five years.

Tommy Christian is a 15-year member of the Assiniboine & Sioux tribal council. He says many tribes, including those he represents on Fort Peck, have a strong relationship with the animals, and have only recently been able to express it since hunters nearly massacred the entire species.

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Yellowstone Grizzlies
4:42 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Are Yellowstone Grizzlies Ready To Come Off The Endangered Species List?

A grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.

Grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem are close to losing their endangered species status.

Chris Servheen says that population is healthy, robust and ready for that transition.

Servheen is the Grizzly Bear Recovery Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

He and other members of an Interagency Grizzly Bear Management subcommittee met yesterday in Bozeman to discuss the status of Yellowstone grizzly bears.

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