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An October blizzard complicates an 1880 visit to Yellowstone’s Upper Falls

Carrie Strahorn was an adventurous woman who insisted on traveling with her husband Robert (she called him "Pard") as he traveled the country searching for destinations for the Union Pacific Railroad. Carrie wrote newspaper columns about her adventures and eventually collected them in a book, Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage. Continue Reading →

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A sheepish wolf

Mitigating conflicts between wolves and livestock, including sheep, is a big part of the work of managing gray wolves around the greater Yellowstone area. So a viral video from Norway has been making the rounds lately among ranchers in Wyoming and Montana. It shows a wolf making a move against a mother sheep and her lambs, only to get chased off by the mother sheep. Continue Reading →

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‘Wapiti Are the Stupidest Brutes’—An 1874 elk hunt with the Earl of Dunraven

Most early Yellowstone National Park tourists came from the adjacent territories, because getting to the park was too expensive for those living far away. But a few wealthy adventurers from distant places found the time and money to make the long trip. Hunting, which was perfectly legal until the Army took over administration of Yellowstone Park in 1886, was a prime attraction. Continue Reading →

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10 fantastic Instagram photos of Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks

The U.S. Department of Interior has been showing off your public lands and wildlife over the last several months with an amazing collection of photos on the agency's Instagram feed. While there's no doubt America's national parks and other wild places lend themselves to terrific snapshots, the quality of images on the Interior Department's Instagram feed is surprisingly fantastic. Continue Reading →

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The first written description of Yellowstone geysers in 1827

A postcard of Cliff Spring from 1928 based on a photo by Asahel Curtis. (NPS image)

By the early 1800s, trappers were scouring the Rocky Mountains for beaver. Evidence of their travel is sketchy, but we know that trapper brigades reached the Yellowstone plateau by 1826. An anonymous account of a trapper’s adventures in what is now Yellowstone National Park was published in The Philadelphia Gazette and Advertiser. Continue Reading →

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Elk Refuge photos capture tense standoff between mountain lions, coyotes

In a Grand Teton wildlife version of dogs vs. cats, a series of photos of two young mountain lions seeking refuge from five coyotes has been attracting plenty of attention after being shared online last week by National Elk Refuge staff members. The photos taken by Lori Iverson, an outreach and visitor services specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, show a tense standoff, as the two juvenile mountain lions nervously crouch atop a rail fence. Coyotes can be seen in some of the photos watching anxiously. Continue Reading →

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