Yellowstone roads begin opening to autos for season

A bighorn sheep stands in the middle of the East Entrance road east of Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park as spring 2014 visitors enter the park from Cody, Wyo.

Spring is a great time to see Yellowstone National Park as the landscape begins to shed its winter garb of ice and snow. Animals are becoming more active with the change of season, and newborn wildlife begin moving through the park. Most importantly for local residents, it's a chance to visit Yellowstone before the summer crowds arrive, bringing traffic and congestion to the world's first national park. Road segments throughout the park will follow a staggered opening in the next few weeks, with the road from West Yellowstone and Mammoth Hot Springs to Old Faithful and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone already open for the season, allowing visitors to travel by car to two of the park’s iconic locations. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone celebrates Earth Day in Gardiner

On Saturday, April 23rd, Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee (YECC), and community partners from Gardiner, Mont. will celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day with a community clean-up, waste collection and recycling opportunities, youth activities, information on local environmental initiatives, and more. All Earth Day activities are free of charge and located at the Gardiner Public School. Continue Reading →

Spring bicycling begins on select Yellowstone roads

A bicyclist rides past freshly plowed snow along the road between Norris and Canyon Village in this 2012 file photo.

Some roads in Yellowstone National Park are now open to bicyclists as plow crews work to clear ice and snow in preparation for the park opening to autos later this month. Bicycles are allowed now on 49 miles of park roads from the West Entrance at West Yellowstone, Montana, to Mammoth Hot Springs. But there is no bicycle access to Old Faithful or Canyon until the first interior park roads open to public motorized vehicle access on Friday, April 15. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone superheroes champion conservation, safety in new comic book

"Guardians of Yellowstone" is a new comic book series featuring superheroes like Caldera, from left, Prisma and Lobo, who will fight evil and protect natural resources using skills and powers based on the park's iconic landscape and wildlife.

Taking a page (literally) from the seemingly endless stream of wildly popular comic book properties that are earning billions for Hollywood entertainment conglomerates, the National Park Service is launching a new superhero group based in Yellowstone National Park. In a series of adventures aimed at attracting a younger generation of visitors to the world's first national park, the "Guardians of Yellowstone" will fight evil and protect natural resources using skills and powers based on the park's iconic landscape and wildlife. Continue Reading →

Government report advises Yellowstone visitors against bison selfies

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park risk injury when allowing bison or other wildlife to approach within 25 yards. (Ruffin Prevost/Yellowstone Gate - click to enlarge)

People visiting Yellowstone National Park this summer should follow some simple advice to avoid being injured by wildlife: keep your distance, and no bison selfies. That's the conclusion of a report issued this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that examined five separate incidents leading to injuries caused by bison in the park last summer. Continue Reading →

Author wants more research of small mammals in Yellowstone

A yellow-bellied marmot watches from the front of its den near Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

Grizzly bears, gray wolves and bison top the list of animals that literally stop traffic across Yellowstone National Park all summer long. But if one Wyoming researcher had his way, park visitors would be snapping a lot more photos of fringe-tailed bats and golden-mantled ground squirrels. While it's the charismatic megafauna that capture public attention and research dollars, the less heralded mammals of Yellowstone and Wyoming are just as important. But not nearly enough is known about these smaller species, said Steven Buskirk, a professor emeritus of zoology and physiology at the University of Wyoming. Continue Reading →

Feds propose dropping endangered species protections for grizzly bears

Officials in Grand Teton National Park report that grizzly bears are active and out of hibernation with the arrival of spring weather.

In a move that had been widely expected, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday proposed to remove federal protections for grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem. The agency called the restoration of the grizzly bear in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho over the last three decades "one of America’s great conservation successes." Some environmental groups have criticized the move, saying it prematurely drops protections for grizzlies. Continue Reading →

Bears emerging from dens across Yellowstone region

Bears across the greater Yellowstone region are emerging from hibernation following a winter of unseasonably warm temperatures.

Grizzly bears are emerging from hibernation in the greater Yellowstone area, so hikers, skiers and snowshoers should stay in groups of three of more, make noise on the trail, and carry bear spray. Bear spray is a good last line of defense, if kept handy and used according to directions, when a bear is approaching within 30 to 60 feet. The first confirmed report of grizzly bear activity in Yellowstone National Park was February 22. Wolf biologists observed a large grizzly bear in the Nez Perce drainage. Continue Reading →

Local artist couple offers ‘Double Take’ in first joint show

Elijah Cobb and Linda Raynolds are featured in their first joint show at Plaza Diane in Powell, Wyo.

POWELL, WYO. — Sculptor Linda Raynolds and photographer Elijah Cobb are two local artists whose works are likely to be familiar to anyone tracking the art scene around Park County over the last two decades. Raynolds is acclaimed for her flowing and organic sculptures of horses and other animals, rendered in an elegant and simple style that focuses on curves and flowing forms. Cobb is known for photographs that capture other-worldly scenes using the interplay of color and light, often projected onto animal bones. But despite their regular contributions to Wyoming’s art world, the married couple have never staged a joint showing of their art. “I guess the simple answer is no one had ever asked us before,” said Cobb, who also works as a commercial photographer specializing in studio product images. Continue Reading →