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Yellowstone invites anglers to annual spring meetings

Wildlife officials are working to restore native fish species like Yellowstone cutthroat trout to waters across the region.

Yellowstone National Park staff members will travel to gateway communities next week to talk with anglers about the ongoing efforts to restore native fish species, the threat of aquatic invasive species, and the park’s fishing regulations. In addition to the general public, local fly shop employees and fishing guides are encouraged to attend the outreach meetings. Continue Reading →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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Yellowstone sued for denying access to bison culling operations

Bison that are destined for slaughter are temporarily crowded into a holding pen at a capture facility in Yellowstone National Park.

A lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Wyoming claims the National Park Service is improperly restricting press and public access to bison culling operations in Yellowstone National Park. The plaintiffs—a freelance journalist and a wildlife advocate—say the seasonal closure of a large section of Yellowstone land around a bison capture and sorting facility amounts to censorship of those working to share details of how hundreds of the park's bison may be shipped for slaughter this winter. Continue Reading →

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

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

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 →

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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 →

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Grand Teton rangers investigate mistakenly killed moose

A moose browses on willows as another looks on.

Grand Teton National Park rangers are working in partnership with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and conducting an investigation regarding an illegal take of a moose within the boundaries of Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming Game and Fish Wardens were contacted over the weekend by a participant of the park’s elk reduction program who reported a calf moose was mistakenly shot. State game wardens seized the meat, cited the individual for taking a moose without a license, and contacted park rangers. The meat was donated to local families in need. Continue Reading →

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2 grizzly bears killed in separate incidents near Yellowstone

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

Two grizzly bears were killed by elk hunters acting in self defense last week in separate incidents near Yellowstone National Park. According to information released by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, both hunters were unharmed in the incidents. In each case, the hunters were able to return to their vehicles unharmed and report the incident. Continue Reading →

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