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Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park sign.
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A Yellowstone National Park guide is facing criminal charges for violating park rules, KTWO-TV reported.

Business owners in one of Yellowstone National Park’s most popular gateway communities say the peak summer season has been busier than ever with more visitors. At the same time, a shortage of workers is affecting how many tourism dollars they can rake in.

At Tumbleweed Books and Cafe in Gardiner, people line up to order smoothies and iced coffees. Owner Anna Holloway finishes wrapping an egg burrito and takes a quick break.

“This is hands down the busiest summer I’ve seen in the 15 years that I’ve lived here and the 12 years that I’ve owned the Tumbleweed,” Holloway said.

Montana’s Republican Sen. Steve Daines Aug. 11 met with conservation and public lands groups in Gardiner to celebrate the recent passage of the bipartisan Great American Outdoors Act.

With the Roosevelt Arch at Yellowstone National Park in the background, Daines said it was public land that brought a divided Washington, D.C. together.

Grizzly bear. Stock photo.

Wildlife officials say they have killed a grizzly bear after it killed a cow on private land in southwestern Montana outside Yellowstone National Park.

Two people who work at Yellowstone National Park and three visitors recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Yellowstone officials said on July 28 two concession employees have been in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. These are the first confirmed cases out of the nearly 2,000 people who have worked in the park over the past two months.

Grizzly bear. Stock photo.

This week, a group of 18 Montanans appointed by Gov. Steve Bullock is meeting to finalize its recommendations on how the state should manage grizzly bears.

This undated photo show Red's Blue Goose Saloon in Gardiner, MT. The saloon was destroyed due to a July 15, 2020, fire, along with several other buildings in the town.

A fire destroyed several businesses in the Yellowstone National Park gateway town of Gardiner, just six weeks after Montana entrances to the park reopened from a closure prompted by the novel coronavirus.

The Tuesday fire destroyed the Two Bit Saloon, Yellowstone Raft Co., Rosie’s Bistro and Red's Blue Goose Saloon, officials said.

Yellowstone National Park said July 15 officials recently euthanized a black bear after it bit a backpacker and On July 6, a black bear walked up to a backcountry campsite near the Hellroaring Trailhead where a group of five were sitting outside their tents.

As the warm, dry conditions of mid-July settle over Montana, fire danger has increased, especially in the west.

Yellowstone National Park said Monday it hosted over half a million visitors in June. That’s around one-third less than the same time in 2019.