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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

Feeding Begins on Refuge

February 4, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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Biologists at the National Elk Refuge have determined that the natural forage conditions there have dwindled to the point supplemental feeding is appropriate.  Refuge Biologist Eric Cole explains that available forage at most index sites was near or below the threshold level of 300 pounds per acre.   Although remaining forage was higher in … Continue Reading

WGF Announces Personnel Changes

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has announced some significant personnel changes in western Wyoming.  Wildlife Biologist, Doug Brimeyer, has been promoted to the Wildlife Management Coordinator position, which was previously … Continue Reading

Yellowstone Plowing To Begin On Time

February 3, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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While Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted six more weeks of winter yesterday, officials in Yellowstone National Park are thinking ahead to plowing the park’s roads for the season.  This year, says Park Spokesman Al Nash, the park’s budget will allow plowing to take place on schedule.  Nash says, “We are planning to begin our normal spring opening procedure on time in early March.”  With 251 miles of roads to clear of an entire season’s snow accumulation, Nash says … Continue Reading

Refuge Not To Begin Feeding Yet

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There may be more snow on the ground at the National Elk Refuge, but biologists don’t think that is preventing the elk there from accessing sufficient forage yet.  As such state and federal wildlife biologists do not anticipate initiating supplemental feeding quite yet.  Refuge Biologist Eric Cole says there is … Continue Reading

Man Convicted of Illegally Killing Grizzly Bear

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An Etna, Wyoming man has been found guilty of illegally shooting and killing of a grizzly bear near Moran in 2012.  After a lengthy investigation and a two day jury trial, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department reports the successful conviction of Joe B. Conger who shot and killed the bear on September 30, 2012, while hunting on Mount Randolph north of Moran. While registering the bear with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, … Continue Reading

WGF Traps, Tests Bighorn Sheep

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Biologists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department have once again been trapping big horn sheep in the Jackson Hole area to take blood samples and radio collar the ewes to track their movements between habitats.  Spokesman Mark Gocke explains that about half of the population … Continue Reading

The National Elk Refuge Begins Tweeting

January 28, 2014 Greater Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, State of Wyoming Comments Off
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The National Elk Refuge has launched an addition to its social media communication practices. Twitter will be used to share news stories, photos, multimedia presentations, visitor opportunities, emergency notifications, and other information. Users can follow the @NatlElkRefuge Twitter feed on a smartphone, tablet, or computer. 

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