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Yellowstone Sees Second-Busiest June On Record

Jul 11, 2018
Tourists at Yellowstone Park's Grand Prismatic Spring.
Jacob W. Frank - National Parks Service (PD)

Yellowstone National Park had its second busiest June on record this year. In a statement from the U.S. Department of the Interior, park officials say 810,884 people visited the park last month, up slightly from June 2017.

Ryan Zinke.
(PD)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democrats in Congress are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to explain the reassignments of dozens of senior agency officials, most recently Yellowstone National Park's superintendent who was offered an unwanted transfer and then told he'd be gone in August.

Emigrant Peak in Montana's Paradise Valley. The valley is north of Yellowstone Park near the location of two gold mines proposed in 2015.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

A proposal to ban mining near Yellowstone National Park got its first hearing in the U.S. House today. It has the unconditional support of Montana’s lone representative, Republican Greg Gianforte.

Congressman Gianforte is an ardent supporter of the natural resources extraction industries. Even so, he testified against mining before a House Natural Resources subcommittee Thursday.

Yellowstone To Drivers: Honk If Approached By A Bear

Jun 12, 2018
Grizzly bear at Swan Lake Flats in Yellowstone National Park.
Jim Peaco (PD)

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park administrators are telling visitors to honk their horn and drive away if a bear approaches and touches their vehicle after two cases of bears approaching cars.

Park spokeswoman Morgan Warthin said Tuesday that a grizzly bear near Yellowstone Lake came up to a car and started playing with its antenna in late May. Also in May, Warthin says, a black bear previously fed by people in the Mammoth Hot Springs area approached a vehicle, put its paws on a door and looked into the vehicle's windows.

lowjumpingfrog/flickr

A woman was gored by a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park Wednesday morning after being within 10 yards of the animal.

59-year-old Kim Hancock of California was treated for a hip injury and transported to the Big Sky Medical Center. A press release from the park reports she is in good condition.

Four people have been injured in Yellowstone just over the past month.

Earlier this week, a woman was severely injured by a cow elk in Mammoth.

Yellowstone Chief Dan Wenk Says He's Being Forced Out

Jun 7, 2018
Yellowstone National Park sign.
Flickr user lance_mountain (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Yellowstone National Park's superintendent says he's being forced out for what appear to be punitive reasons following disagreements with the Trump administration over how many bison the park can sustain. 

Scaffolding at the scorched Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park, Oct. 2017.
Glacier National Park Conservancy

The U.S. Department of Interior Wednesday announced it’s secured $12 million to fund reconstruction of the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park.

Eric Whitney

A Nevada woman was attacked by a cow elk behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel in Yellowstone National Park Sunday. She was flown to the trauma center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center due to the severity of her injuries.

According to a press release from the park’s Public Affairs Office, the elk reared up and kicked 51-year-old Charlene Triplett, an employee at the hotel, multiple times with its front legs, hitting her head, torso and back.

The elk was protecting a calf bedded down about 20 feet away, hidden by other cars.

Emigrant Peak in Montana's Paradise Valley. The valley is north of Yellowstone Park near the location of two gold mines proposed in 2015.
Eric Whitney / Montana Public Radio

A Montana judge has chastised state environmental regulators over a mine exploration project near Yellowstone National Park.

The ruling out Park County Wednesday says the Montana Department of Environmental Quality gave Lucky Minerals the go ahead last year to explore for gold in Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone without looking closely enough at whether it would impact sensitive wildlife habitat and water conditions.

Grizzly bear.
Flickr user Nathan Rupert

Tribal leaders in Montana, the U.S. and Canada say Wyoming’s unanimous decision to hunt up to 22 grizzly bears outside Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks this year strikes a devastating blow to tribal communities.

On a press conference call Wednesday, tribal leaders said they were not adequately consulted about management of an animal they consider sacred.

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