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Yellowstone River reopens after deadly parasite killed thousands of fish

Montana wildlife officials on Friday reopened a 17-mile section of the Yellowstone River to fishing and other recreational activities, ending a month-long closure prompted by the spread of an aquatic parasite that had killed thousands of fish. The section of river upstream from the small tourist town of Livingston was the last to be reopened after an August 19 order closed 183 miles (295 km) of the river from Gardiner, near the northern boundary of Yellowstone National Park, stretching downstream to Laurel. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone biologists monitoring rivers after parasite forces closure in Montana

Park officials have no plans so far to close waters in Yellowstone National Park to anglers and others following a move Friday by Montana wildlife officials to close a vast stretch of the Yellowstone River. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced the indefinitely and immediate closure of more than 150 miles of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries to fishing, boating and all other recreational activities. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone scales back search for missing swimmer

After nine days of intensive searching, authorities in Yellowstone National Park are scaling back their efforts to find a missing swimmer. Feiyang “Isaac” Xiang, a 21-year old seasonal concessionaire employee from China, was last seen being swept down the Yellowstone River on Thursday, July 23. The park is continuing limited, periodic searches of the river corridor downstream from where Xiang disappeared in the northern section of the park. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone rangers search for missing swimmer

Rangers in Yellowstone National Park are searching for a man who is missing after swimming in swift waters in the northern section of the park. Feiyang “Isaac” Xiang, a 21-year old man from China, is a seasonal concessionaire employee in the park and was backpacking with four friends on Thursday, July 23 when he disappeared while swimming in the Yellowstone River near its confluence with Hellroaring Creek. Continue Reading →

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2 dead in separate incidents in Yellowstone

An 8-year-old girl died Sunday morning after falling into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a popular attraction in Yellowstone National Park. In an unrelated incident, the body of a concessions worker who died while floating the Yellowstone River was recovered Saturday. The girl, Zahra Allahyari, and family members were following a trail to the Brink of the Lower Falls observation platform when she fell 550 feet into the canyon. Continue Reading →

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Bill would lift ban on Yellowstone river paddling

A new bill introduced by Wyoming Rep. Cynthia Lummis would nullify longstanding federal regulations that prohibit hand-propelled boating on rivers and streams in Yellowstone National Park and on some waters not currently open in Grand Teton National Park. While the bill as initially drafted could potentially limit the authority of park superintendents to manage kayaking and other forms of paddling, Lummis said during a Congressional hearing last week that the final say over which rivers and streams are opened to paddling should rest with park managers. Continue Reading →

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A wolf crosses the Yellowstone River in pursuit of bison

A male wolf from the Canyon Pack in Yellowstone National Park crosses the Yellowstone River in pursuit of bison.

After seeing a recent Yellowstone Gate article by photographer Meg Sommers about how she got a great shot of sandhill cranes, reader Mike Wheeler sent in a few great photos of his own. Wheeler was in Yellowstone National Park in October 2010, and had just finished a photography course taught by Sommers for the Yellowstone Association. Wheeler was heading home and it was early in the morning, with few people moving around in the park, when he saw a beta male wolf from the Canyon pack stalking a bison and its calf. Though it seemed at first the wolf was after the calf, Wheeler later learned that it brought down the adult bison, which was ill. Continue Reading →

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