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Final rule for winter travel in Yellowstone gains widespread approval

Two people share a snowmobile during a January 2012 trip into Yellowstone National Park.

CODY, WYO. — After more than 15 years of contentious debate over snowmobile travel in Yellowstone National Park, the National Park Service on Tuesday released a final winter-use plan that appears to have a solid chance of avoiding legal challenges. The latest plan follows six previous failed attempts and a total of more than 1.1 million public comments. Environmental groups have said snowmobiles are loud, dirty and stressful for animals. Tour operators have said increasing travel restrictions have made it difficult to stay in business. Continue Reading →

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Co-op bus service wraps third summer in Yellowstone

A co-operatively owned summer bus service that moves riders through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parks and their gateway communities will wrap up its third year on Monday, September 30. The Linx service connects the Wyoming gateway towns of Jackson and Cody with the Montana gateway towns of Gardiner and West Yellowstone. The Linx bus line connecting the Wyoming towns of Riverton, Dubois and Jackson will end on Sunday, September 29 Continue Reading →

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Video captures Grand Teton showdown between grizzly, wolf pack

A video shot on the north end of Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park captures a compelling showdown between a grizzly bear and a pack of wolves.

Grizzly bears are formidable predators, and even accomplished hunters like gray wolves will steer clear of them in normal circumstances. But wolves sometimes cooperate in large numbers, so it's possible that a few of them could cause trouble for a single bear. By Jason Ryan's count, 11 wolves are more than enough. That's how many wolves he saw Monday during a hike at Jackson Lake, when a grizzly bear wandered onto the scene. Continue Reading →

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‘Glamping’ on Yellowstone Lake: Roughing it in style in remote backcountry

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I loved arriving and simply finding my tent already set up - it's one reason my husband and I shifted from tent camping to a pop-up camper years ago. The tents provided for this trip were large enough to stand up in, and were furnished with a rug, a cot with a comfy sleeping pad and sleeping bag as well as a night stand with a lantern. I slept very well both nights. And at the end of the trip, they took care of the packing up as well. Continue Reading →

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Hundreds of bicyclists tour greater Yellowstone area, visit gateway towns

Bicyclists participate in Cycle Greater Yellowstone near the Buffalo Bill Reservoir southwest of Cody, Wyo.

Bicyclist Michael McCann was one of nearly 700 pedalers who spent the last week traversing soaring peaks and broad valleys in a new touring event aimed at showcasing the amazing wildlife, scenery and communities of the greater Yellowstone area. "Every day starts with a lament and ends in an epiphany," McCann joked Friday while relaxing in Cody, Wyo. after a 50-mile ride through the scenic South Fork Valley. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone bison population up nearly 9 percent over 2012

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

An annual bison population survey released by Yellowstone National Park shows an estimated jump in nearly 9 percent over last year. Based on a series of aerial surveys, researchers estimate that 4,600 bison live in Yellowstone. There are approximately 3,200 bison in the northern herd and 1,400 in the central herd this summer. Continue Reading →

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Grizzly bear trapping, research to continue in Yellowstone this fall

A tranquilized grizzly bear lies in a trap similar to those used for capturing and relocating problem bears around the greater Yellowstone area.

Biologists with the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team will be trapping grizzly bears as part of ongoing research in Yellowstone National Park from August 28 through October 31. Team members will bait and trap bears at several remote sites in the park. Once trapped, the bears are anesthetized to allow biologists to fit them with radio tracking collars and to collect biological samples for study, according to a statement released Friday by the park's public affairs office. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone winter-use plan moves ahead with Park Service decision

A collared elk is wary, but appears relatively undisturbed by passing snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park.

The long slog toward resolving more than a decade of legal conflicts over snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park took another procedural step forward Wednesday, as the National Park Service issued a formal record of decision that marks the end of the planning process that will govern over-snow travel in the park. "I think we have a fighting chance," Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said Thursday of the plan's prospects for avoiding or withstanding courtroom entanglements. Continue Reading →

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Shoeshiner keeps old-school trade alive in Jackson bar

Tim Tetley works on Gordon Little’s boots at Tetley’s shoe-shine stand in the Cowboy Bar in Jackson, Wyo., south of Grand Teton National Park.

Walk into the Cowboy Bar, just south of Grand Teton National Park, on a busy night in the summer, and there might be a line of patrons waiting to climb into Tm Tetley’s shoe-shine chair. People take pictures as he scoots around on his stool, examining soles and whipping towels across the tops of boots until they gleam. For visitors it’s like a carnival ride to sit in the chair and have their footwear lathered back to pristine condition by someone dressed from an era passed, while in Jackson’s famous bar with its saddle seats. Continue Reading →

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10 stunning Wyoming high school student photos of Yellowstone and Grand Teton

An overcast sky creates dramatic lighting along a steaming river in Yellowstone National Park. Dylan Rorabaugh Natrona County High School

Images from Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks are featured prominently among the winners of a photo contest that highlights work by high school students from across Wyoming. The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming's 5th annual “I Believe in Conservation” photography contest provides a showcase for students from Natrona County High School in Casper, Cheyenne High School and Cody High School. Continue Reading →

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