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After years of optimism, gray wolf population declining

December 15, 2009, 7:30 am
A dozen tourists in parkas huddle around wolf researcher Colby Anton in the northern range of the park, an area famous for gray wolves, to catch a glimpse of the images on his digital camera. The wolf watchers have become a familiar scene since the animals were reintroduced into the ...

Scientists confirm 500-mile finger of molten rock under Yellowstone

December 14, 2009, 8:19 am
Research has confirmed a 500-mile-deep magma plume under Yellowstone is slowly obliterating mountains in its path as it travels an inch a year to the northeast. The plume rises at a southeast angle from its origin 500 miles beneath the surface under western Montana, causing the swell that forms the ...

Aerial survey shows pine beetle’s toll in Yellowstone

December 8, 2009, 7:41 am
A beetle epidemic that’s killing trees across the Rocky Mountain region has taken an especially heavy toll on whitebark pine trees in the Yellowstone ecosystem, according to preliminary findings of a recent aerial survey. The six weeks of flights this summer covered 2.5 million acres of whitebark forests in 21 mountain ranges in the ...

Events that helped mold Yellowstone

December 4, 2009, 12:12 pm
What would Yellowstone National Park be without its geysers, bison, waterfalls and vistas? While many of the park’s natural features seem eternal and unchanging, important human events have helped shape Yellowstone as an amazing American treasure. “You can think of Yellowstone as a giant experiment, as a learn-as-you-go experience,” said Julianne Baker, an instructor with the ...

Ted Turner gets OK for Yellowstone bison on ranch

December 4, 2009, 12:10 pm
The head of Montana's wildlife agency has given preliminary approval to a plan calling for 74 bison from Yellowstone National Park to go to billionaire Ted Turner's private ranch.Officials hope to eventually use the bison to establish new herds on public lands. But conservationists see the move as privatizing Montana wildlife.The bison have been ...

Yellowstone in winter: Cold faithful

December 2, 2009, 8:16 am
It was still nearly two hours before daylight when the alarm clock jangled me from dreamland into cold reality. Groggily, I went to the window, only to find that sometime earlier that night, Mother Nature carefully painted the windowpane with a delicate and intricate pattern ...

Follow the herds :Travelers can watch beasts roam in Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Kansas

November 30, 2009, 7:55 am
 It was sunrise on a bitterly cold September morning, but gray clouds obscured the sun. Snow blanketed the ground and the road was a sheet of ice. I struggled to keep the rental car on the park road.Suddenly, the road was blocked. I was surrounded by buffaloes. They were ...

Wyoming's Sleeping Giant Set To Re-open Nov. 27

November 23, 2009, 11:09 am
Local Cody, Wyoming, skiers and riders are once again eager for slopes to open. Small ski areas in Wyoming have been closing down in recent years, but Sleeping Giant outside Cody is re-opening this winter - its first season since its closure five years ago. The nonprofit Yellowstone Recreations Foundation negotiated with the Forest ...

Interim Winter Use Rule for Yellowstone To Be Published

November 18, 2009, 8:21 am
A rule implementing a new plan to provide for limited, regulated snowmobile and snowcoach access in Yellowstone National Park for the next two winters will be published in the Federal Register on Friday, November 20. This interim rule allows up to 318 commercially guided, Best Available Technology (BAT) snowmobiles, and up to 78 commercially ...

Yellowstone cleans up fuel storage, other sites with polluted soil, water

November 4, 2009, 11:09 am
Contractors have almost finished initial cleanup work at several sites around Yellowstone National Park where leaky underground fuel tanks had contaminated soil and groundwater over the past few decades.Some of the polluted sites are near pristine waters, and while they did not pose an immediate threat to drinking water, ...

Research finds 1,200 species in Yellowstone

November 3, 2009, 8:12 am
Scientists from around the country found more than 1,200 species of plants and animals in Yellowstone National Park in a 24-hour research marathon in late August. The park's first BioBlitz has documented the species with taxonomic and DNA experts still analyzing lab results, which "will surely increase our numbers,'' said organizer Kayhan Ostovar, an assistant ...

Quiet rut in Yellowstone Park after death of famous car-charging elk

November 2, 2009, 7:47 am
Visitors to northern Yellowstone National Park have been filing a lot fewer unusual auto damage claims during this fall's elk mating season compared to recent years. The reason is last winter's demise of elk No. 6, a large bull with sprawling antlers that was famous for attacking tourists' cars in the Mammoth area while ...

Interior Yellowstone roads to close

November 2, 2009, 7:35 am
The National Park Service says roads leading to the interior of Yellowstone National Park will close to automobile traffic on November 2. Park officials say cars will not be able to travel to places like Old Faithful and Fishing Bridge until the winter snowpack is cleared in the spring. The closure allows the ...

Shooting of collared wolves impacts research

November 2, 2009, 7:19 am
Yellowstone National Park's scientific research on wolves got caught in the crossfire of Montana's inaugural wolf season when hunters killed two collared wolves just north of the park earlier this month. As the smoke has cleared, federal wolf officials are at odds over the effect of the shootings and Montana's game managers are re-examining how ...

Being There: Yellowstone National Park -- Winter: Most wonderful time of year

November 2, 2009, 7:17 am
Since retirement, my wife, Sherry, and I have been going to Yellowstone National Park two or three times a year. We tell our friends we're addicted to the park. In many ways, winter is the best season. Although bears are not seen, many other animals can be spotted and photographed more easily. You ...