BRETT FRENCH Billings Gazette Published 11:09 AM EDT Apr 25, 2019 BEATTIE GULCH, Mont. — The scavenger-cleaned bison carcass scattered across the grassland provided the perfect punctuation point for Nathan Varley. Varley was lobbying a group of officials Wednesday to modify how the winter bison hunt is conducted in the Gardiner Basin, just north of Yellowstone National Park. The hunter-killed bison bones, fur and offal emphasized his argument: hunts are being conducted close to nearby residences. "Our contention is that some of the hunting that does take place hasn't been safe," he said. Residents variously referred to the area as the "killing field" or the "kill zone," noting that as soon as bison cross the park boundary they are fair game for hunters. The issue isn't new, as hunts have been conducted in the area since 2005. Varley is a member of the Bear Creek Council, a conservation group based in Gardiner at the North Entrance to Yellowstone. He also grew up in … [Read more...] about Montana residents say bison hunts near Yellowstone unsafe
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Frederica Kolwey Jackson Hole News and Guide Published 7:27 p.m. UTC Sep 5, 2018 JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Four convection columns of smoke rose more than 20,000 feet into the air as high winds whipped across eerily empty walkways around Old Faithful Inn. "In all directions that we looked, it looked like the world was coming to an end," Joan Anzelmo recalled. It was "Black Saturday," the name given to Aug. 20, 1988, when wildfires burned about 150,000 acres of Yellowstone National Park in a day. Thirty years later, Anzelmo stood in nearly the same spot at Old Faithful where she watched the smoke columns in 1988. Anzelmo served as Yellowstone's spokesperson throughout the historic fires. "If I close my eyes I can still see the scenes of '88 and smell the smoke," she said. "Then it was a rare scene. Now, sadly, it is all too common." Wildfire managers and the public are wrestling today to understand a new era in which large wildfires are no longer thought of as rare events, but … [Read more...] about Much has changed in the 30 years since the 1988 Yellowstone fires
close Video Shoeless man taunts huge bison at Yellowstone National Park Raw video: Onlookers watch in disbelief as man confronts huge bison that was blocking traffic. An Oregon man who was caught on video seemingly antagonizing a bison in Yellowstone National Park was reportedly sentenced to 130 days in jail Thursday after entering a guilty plea to the charges against him. Raymond Reinke, 55, pleaded guilty to four charges of misconduct in national parks, according to ABC Fox Montana. He reportedly reversed his original not guilty plea, resulting in a fifth charge getting dropped. Law enforcement had numerous encounters with Reinke since late July as he was traveling across several U.S. parks, Yellowstone officials revealed in a news release announcing his Aug. 2 arrest. COLORADO PARKS AND WILDLIFE ASKING RESIDENTS TO BEAR-PROOF THEIR HOMES He was eventually taken into custody after “Yellowstone rangers connected Reinke’s extensive history” and saw … [Read more...] about Yellowstone bison taunter reportedly sentenced to jail
Katharine Lackey USA TODAY Published 11:57 p.m. UTC Aug 21, 2018 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – While concerns about a potential eruption of the supervolcano beneath this iconic park may garner the most alarming headlines, a more likely hazard in the coming decades is a large earthquake. “The biggest concern we have for Yellowstone is not with the volcano, it’s with earthquakes,” said Michael Poland, scientist-in-charge at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, a consortium of eight organizations led by the U.S. Geological Survey. “This is an underappreciated hazard in the Yellowstone area. There can and there will be in the future magnitude-7 earthquakes.” On average, Yellowstone experiences 1,500 to 2,500 earthquakes a year, most of them so small they can’t be felt. But large quakes can – and have – occurred in the not-too-distant past. On Aug. 17, 1959, a magnitude-7.3 earthquake rocked the park, … [Read more...] about Yellowstone’s greatest geological threat isn’t a supervolcano. It’s a magnitude-7 earthquake.
Katharine Lackey USA TODAY Published 11:34 p.m. UTC Aug 20, 2018 YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming – YOLO, FOMO, selfies: They are among the greatest dangers to visitors trying to get that perfect photo or video. People are getting too close and personal with wildlife, putting at risk not only their own lives but those of park creatures. “People are in the YOLO today: you only live once, ‘I’m going to grab this one shot, this is my one chance,’” said Julena Campbell, spokesperson at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, Tenn., the most popular national park, with 11 million visitors a year. “We’re in that Instagram. We’re thinking of the instant and the moment, not how this is going to affect things down the line.” As both the number of visitors to national parks and wildlife populations have increased in recent decades, humans and animals too … [Read more...] about ‘Safety over selfie’: National park visitors can’t seem to stop getting too close to wildlife