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Yellowstone Extands Comment For Saddle Tours

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Yellowstone National Park has extended the public comment period on the environmental assessment to evaluate the proposed issuance of concession contracts for guided, interpretive saddle and pack stock tours in the park. Park Spokesman Dan Hottle says the extension is for … Continue Reading

Report May Open Door To Grizzly Delisting

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A report presented to the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee yesterday may contain the information needed to at last have the bear removed from the list of threatened species.  Spokesman Gregg Losinski says the synthesis report, … Continue Reading

Bear Population Healthy and Well-Behaved

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Members of the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee heard estimates yesterday that the grizzly bear population here has increased to approximately 741 bears including 58 females with cubs.  Despite the increase, Spokesman Gregg Losinski says bear-human conflicts were down dramatically from previous years.  He says bears were … Continue Reading

Scoping Upgrades To YNP’s Power System

November 7, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Montana, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Yellowstone National Park is seeking public comment on a plan to implement infrastructure upgrades to its power distribution system.  Park Spokesman Dan Hottle says NorthWestern Energy has provided electrical power to Yellowstone National Park since the late 1950s using both aerial and buried transmission lines which have not been … Continue Reading

Bear Spray Training Placed Online

Use your bear spray instead of a firearm to ward off bears.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee and the Wildlife Management Institute have teamed up with renowned hunting journalist Craig Boddington to produce a one-minute demonstration video and 30-second public service announcement to promote the use of bear spray by hunters.  The demonstration video is posted on the IGBC website and on outdoor-oriented Facebook pages and websites that have hundreds of thousands of fans. Meanwhile, the PSA will be seen on The Outdoor Channel, The Sportsman Channel, and WILD TV.

Park Roads Close

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The summer season is officially over in Yellowstone National Park with the closure of all but a few roads.  Roads from the South, East, and West Entrances closed Monday morning with most of the interior roads being closed as well.  Only the North and the Northeast entrances … Continue Reading

Jewell Calls for Balance In Land Management

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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell spoke to the National Press Club last week about public lands issues; focusing on the importance of funding for the agency to maintain stewardship of the lands it manages. Jewell also lamented the money – and access – that was lost on public lands because of the government shutdown.  Jewell says balanced management between multiple use and recreation needs to be important in that management.  She spoke of … Continue Reading

Daylight Savings Time Ends

November 1, 2013 State of Idaho, State of Montana, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Whoever came up with this crazy idea of shifting the clocks back and forth between daylight savings time and standard time?  Well, as it turns out,  Benjamin Franklin is credited for originally conceiving the idea.  Congress adopted the practice of time changes when … Continue Reading

Pets Don’t Find Halloween Fun

October 31, 2013 State of Idaho, State of Montana, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Many in the valley will be marking tonight with fun spookiness, but for some family members, the holiday is anything but fun.  A consortium of veterinarians nationally is urging pet-owners to be conscious of the effects on their four-legged friends.  Things pets will find upsetting include … Continue Reading

Public Workship Announced For New Winter Plan

October 29, 2013 Greater Yellowstone, State of Montana, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Yellowstone National Park has announced plans for a “Collaborative Adaptive Management Program for Winter Use.”  The purpose of the program is to gather more information about park resource conditions through scientific monitoring and to seek additional public input for implementation of the new Winter Use Rule.  Park Spokesman Al Nash explains … Continue Reading

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