Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Bringing pets to Yellowstone National Park

August 21, 2009, 7:31 am

Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is bear country - and no place for a domestic pet, especially dogs, to roam free.

And, for good reason.

A beloved family bet can easily fall prey to a bear, coyote or other predator in the natural area, or even lead a agitated wild animal directly back to its owner.

In addition, a possible detrimental exchange of disease could take place between domestic animals and wildlife.

The National Park Service takes its regulations pertaining to pets in Yellowstone very serious. And pet owners should do the same. It you plan on visiting Yellowstone with a household pet, keep these federal rules in mind"

-Do not take a pet into the Yellowstone backcountry, on trails and boardwalks. Pets may accompany their owners in the front country areas of the park, within 100 feet of roads, parking areas and campgrounds. Pet owners must be keep animals under physical control at all times, either caged, crated or on a leash that does not to exceed six feet long.