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NPS Free Weekend

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This would be a good weekend to fall in love with your national park all over again.  Entrance fees will be waived from Saturday through Monday at all national parks including Grand Teton and Yellowstone in Wyoming. Weekend visitors to Grand Teton can … Continue Reading

Bison “Volunteer” For Slaughter

February 13, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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The Buffalo Field Campaign yesterday released a statement saying Yellowstone National Park had initiated their 2014 wild bison slaughter.  The activist organization said the Park shipped 20 bison to slaughter.  The release said 25 bison were captured Friday in the Stephens Creek bison holding area … Continue Reading

Local Bear Provides Much Information

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Wyoming Game and Fish Department is pointing to an individual grizzly bear sow living in the Blackrock area East of Moran for making significant contributions to information needed to manage the species.  Large Carnivore Biologist Dan Bjornlie says wildlife personnel have trapped bear 179 eight times and recorded significant information in their journals that has been … Continue Reading

Still Need More Snow

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After all of that snow over the weekend, snowpack in the Snake River Basin is still not quite up to the 30-year average.  According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, actual snowpack in the basin is now at 99%.  Still, that’s up from last week’s 88%.  Water content of the snow in the basin is currently estimated at … Continue Reading

Scientists Challenge Wolf Studies

February 11, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service published a peer review report Friday stating that the US Government’s bid to lift federal protection of gray wolves across most of the 48 states is based on unproven claims about their genetics.  The publication represents a significant setback for the pending proposal to de-list the wolf in most areas of the country.  The scientists participating in the review … Continue Reading

Yellowstone Volcano Larger Than Thought, But Stable

February 6, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Scientists from the University of Utah have recently presented new research at a Fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco that suggests that the size of the magma body beneath Yellowstone is significantly larger than had been thought.  However, their report also says the risk of eruption is not very high at this time.  Over the past decade, they said … Continue Reading

Local Reservoirs Predicted Not To Fill

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The Bureau of Reclamation has announced that starting yesterday, it has reduced flows from Palisades Reservoir from 1200 cubic feet per second to 900 cfs.  Outflows will be restored to 1200 cfs Saturday.  Reclamation’s decision to decrease flows is based on the February forecast which predicts spring runoff in the Upper Snake River basin will be 92 percent of average, which is a slight decrease from … Continue Reading

Visitation Up In Yellowstone

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Visitation statistics are in for the first month of the year in Yellowstone National Park and they show 2014 starting off with nearly an 8 ½% increase in recreational visitors to the park – and over 3% overall.  That translates to nearly 2000 more people through the park’s entrances in January than entered the park last January.  Meanwhile, … Continue Reading

Congressional Study: ESA Needs Reform

February 5, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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There is room for improvement to the 40 year-old Endangered Species Act.  That is the finding of a Congressional working group which released its conclusions in a report yesterday.  That report states, “After more than 40 years, sensible, targeted reforms would not only improve the eroding credibility of the Act, but would ensure it is implemented more effectively for species and people.”  Such reforms would include … Continue Reading

Winter Tour Permit Application Time Extended

February 4, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Changes to the application process have led to an extension of the application period for those concessioners wanting to provide snowmobile or snowcoach tours into Yellowstone National Park beginning next year.  Park Spokesman Al Nash says the changes were in response to … Continue Reading

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    A ridge of high pressure will slowly move east today.  This will keep skies sunny to mostly sunny and conditions mainly dry across much of the state today.  Winds, however, will be strong and gusty across eastern Wyoming with gusts between 40 and 50 mph.  Temperatures across western Wyoming will stay very mild and above […]
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    Thank goodness for non-hunting spouses. If it weren’t for our better halves, most of us who hunt would be completely unprepared for fall holidays. Halloween is certainly one of the days that would be far less exciting if there weren’t people in our households who think about other things besides late-season deer, ducks, geese, pheasants […]
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