Public meeting in Gardiner for Yellowstone quarantine plan

The National Park Service has completed an Environmental Assessment (EA) that evaluates various alternatives for a quarantine program for Yellowstone bison. The purpose of a quarantine program would be to augment or establish new tribal and public populations of plains bison to assist in the conservation of the species as wildlife, support cultural and nutritional opportunities for Native Americans, and reduce the number of Yellowstone bison shipped to processing facilities. Continue Reading →

Western design show scheduled for fall return to Cody

Western design enthusiast Peggy Ruble examines, Teton Settee, created by John Gallis of Norseman Designs West.

With its rich history as a wellspring of Western design, Cody, is once again hosting a premier exhibition of unique, handmade furniture, crafts, textiles and other works. By Western Hands, which had its inaugural show last September at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, will return to that venue for this year's show. A newly formed successor to previous design shows in Cody, By Western Hands showcases original works by local and national artists who create one-of-a-kind pieces that reflect the land, life and labor of the West. Continue Reading →

Report on fatal Yellowstone grizzly attack stresses importance of bear safety guidelines

Basic safety guidelines can help keep hikers safe in grizzly bear country, according to a new report into the latest fatal bear attack in Yellowstone National Park.

There's no guarantee of safety when hiking in grizzly country, but following a few basic safety guidelines can reduce the odds of having a bad encounter with a bear. Unfortunately, too many hikers either don't know those basics, or ignore the advice that experts offer. That's one of the key findings from a report released Thursday by a panel that investigated the death of Lance Crosby, who was killed in August by an adult female grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park. Continue Reading →

Plan calls for killing, removing up to 900 Yellowstone bison

A group of bison graze and rest near the roadside south of Madison in Yellowstone National Park in August 2013.

Wildlife managers in Yellowstone National Park and their partners in a multi-agency group plan to remove or kill up to 900 bison from the park's herds of 4,900 animals. Bison will be hunted and captured for slaughter under the plan, which aims to offset increases in Yellowstone's growing population. Members of the Interagency Bison Management Plan have signed a winter operations plan that calls for culling 600-900 animals over the next few months. This will be done through public and tribal hunting outside the park and capturing bison near the park boundary for transfer to Native American tribes for processing and distribution of meat and hides to their members. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone seeks comment on proposed trail bridge replacement

Yellowstone National Park is seeking public comment on a project to replace a bridge across the Gallatin River along the Bighorn Pass Trail. This project would provide better accessibility to visitors, address safety issues in the area, and improve the visitor experience. In September 2014, trail crews removed a footbridge crossing the Gallatin River that had deteriorated to a dangerous condition. Four options are being considered. Continue Reading →

Montana teacher discusses Yellowstone supervolcano on History Channel

Craig Beals talks to his honors chemistry class Friday morning at Billings Senior High School.

In the classroom, Billings Senior High science teacher Craig Beals knows how to get his students’ attention. Things that go boom are always popular, and you really can’t go wrong with fire. This Monday, Beals will see if he can capture the interest of nationwide television viewers with a show featuring some of those same attractants, only on a much bigger scale. The History Channel show, “Secret Earth: Yellowstone Supervolcano,” will air at 8 p.m. in Montana. Continue Reading →

Wyoming man makes eight bison coats for Tarantino’s ‘Hateful Eight’

Actor Kurt Russell appears in the upcoming film "The Hateful Eight" wearing a bison hide coat created by Merlin Heinze of Thermopolis, Wyo.

The holiday season is a key sales period for retailers across the country, but Christmas Day marks a major milestone for one Wyoming small business. That's when "The Hateful Eight" hits movie screens, offering audiences an extended look at a custom bison coat created by Thermopolis native Merlin Heinze. Actor Kurt Russell will be wearing the enormous winter jacket in the Quentin Tarantino western set in Wyoming during the 1870s. The story follows a bounty hunter played by Russell, who must wait out a blizzard along with seven other nefarious characters packed together in a cramped stagecoach stop. Continue Reading →

Winter activities in full swing in Yellowstone, Grand Teton

A visitor to Yellowstone National Park stops to take in the snowy view.

A fresh layer of snow and colder temperatures have put winter activities in full swing in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, with a wide range of travel and recreation options available. Visitors to Yellowstone National Park can travel the park’s interior roads on commercially guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the North, West, and South Entrances. Visitors who have proper permits can also participate in the Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program. Travel through the park’s East Entrance over Sylvan Pass is scheduled to begin December 22. Continue Reading →

Yellowstone ranks as Wyoming’s top spot among Instagram users

Visitors watch Old Faithful geyser erupt in Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park is always among the perennial favorite tourist destinations in Wyoming, so it should come as no surprise that it's the most popular location in the state among Instagram users. The photo-sharing social network released its 2015 location data to Time magazine, which this week listed Yellowstone as the top Wyoming destination in a state-by-state roundup of "the most Instagrammed places in America." Continue Reading →

Park Service opposes bill opening Yellowstone rivers to paddlers

A canoeist paddles along the southeast arm of Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park.

The head of the National Park Service is "strongly opposed" to proposed legislation that would open rivers in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks to paddlers, saying the bill caters to "the benefit of a very select few." In a Nov. 13 letter to Rep. Bob Bishop (R-Utah), chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said the bill would hamper his agency's ability to properly manage Yellowstone's rivers and other natural resources. Continue Reading →