Yellowstone http://wyomingpublicradio.net en Yellowstone Denies Super Volcano Rumors http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/yellowstone-denies-super-volcano-rumors <p>A video of bison running down a road in Yellowstone&nbsp;sparked viral&nbsp;internet rumors this week that the park's super volcano is about to&nbsp;explode. The rumors gained so much traction that Yellowstone officials felt the need to respond. Spokesman Al Nash says all is well, and that the animals were simply migrating.</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 22:28:17 +0000 Bob Beck 56359 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Yellowstone Denies Super Volcano Rumors Yellowstone says remote vaccination for bison would be costly http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/yellowstone-says-remote-vaccination-bison-would-be-costly <p>The National Park Service does not wish to start using air guns to vaccinate Yellowstone bison for Brucellosis.</p><p>Brucellosis is a disease that can cause bison and other large animals to abort their calves. Currently, the park only vaccinates bison when they leave the park, and even then, only a few animals are vaccinated. But Park Spokesman Al Nash says after some legal disputes regarding bison management over a decade ago, Yellowstone agreed to look into new options.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 00:24:18 +0000 Willow Belden 52630 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Yellowstone says remote vaccination for bison would be costly Interview with musician Shakey Graves http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/interview-musician-shakey-graves <p>Sydney Dalis was given the opportunity to speak with musician <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shakey-Graves/123688040988781" target="_blank">Shakey Graves</a></strong> about his experiences in Wyoming, specifically Yellowstone Park. This aired during Morning Music with Grady Kirkpatrick.</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:49:55 +0000 Sydney Dalis 51032 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Interview with musician Shakey Graves Grizzlies in Yellowstone doing well, study finds http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/grizzlies-yellowstone-doing-well-study-finds <p>A study on the Yellowstone area’s grizzly bear&nbsp;population&nbsp;shows that the&nbsp;number of&nbsp;bears&nbsp;is steadily increasing&nbsp;and&nbsp;so far the animals have an adequate food supply.</p><p></p><p>The Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee is responsible for coordinating grizzly bear recovery efforts across agencies in the continental U.S. and Canada. The organization’s Yellowstone&nbsp;Ecosystem&nbsp;Subcommittee submitted the report.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:48:56 +0000 Jordan Harper 49952 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Grizzlies in Yellowstone doing well, study finds Yellowstone releases winter use rule; conservationists approve http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/yellowstone-releases-winter-use-rule-conservationists-approve <p>The National Park Service has released Yellowstone National Park’s winter use rule. After 15 years of gathering public feedback and scientific data, the new rule will govern how many over-snow vehicles will be allowed in the park.</p><p>Instead of capping traffic with a specific number, the new rule will allow 110 “transportation events” a day, broken down up to 60 snow coach excursions, and 50 snowmobile groups.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 23:16:44 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 48775 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Yellowstone releases winter use rule; conservationists approve Communities near parks hope end of shutdown will mean uptick in business http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/communities-near-parks-hope-end-shutdown-will-mean-uptick-business <p>Now that the government shutdown is over, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks have re-opened, and local communities are hoping business will pick up again.</p><p>Scott Balyo with the Cody Country Chamber of Commerce says the area saw a 25 to 30 percent drop in business while the parks were closed.</p><p>“The first couple of days of the shutdown, we probably saw a slight increase in business, because people were hopeful that it would be short lived,” Balyo said. “So we had people who were willing to stay in the area and wait and see if the park would reopen.”</p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 00:53:37 +0000 Willow Belden 48546 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Communities near parks hope end of shutdown will mean uptick in business Government shutdown forces national park closures http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/government-shutdown-forces-national-park-closures <p>Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks are closed as a result of the federal government shutdown.</p><p></p><p>Grand Teton Superintendent Mary Gibson Scott says visitors staying at campgrounds and hotels in the park have 48 hours to leave. Most park staffers are being furloughed, except for certain emergency personnel.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 17:46:59 +0000 Willow Belden 47754 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Government shutdown forces national park closures Wyoming Stories: Noel Richardson remembers chef who cooked for him, Buffalo Bill Cody http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wyoming-stories-noel-richardson-remembers-chef-who-cooked-him-buffalo-bill-cody <p>In this installment of Wyoming Stories, Stephanie Reutner interviews her neighbor Noel Richardson, both residents of Jelm. Richardson worked for the Forest Service in 1957, spraying trees against beetle kill around Cody and Yellowstone. He remembers a chef that cooked for the camp.</p><p>The chef, named Phonograph Jones, was in his 80s then and had also cooked for Buffalo Bill Cody and Prince Albert I on his trip to Wyoming 100 years ago. His great great grandson, Prince Albert II, is in Wyoming this week.</p><p></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:03:33 +0000 Irina Zhorov 47250 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wyoming Stories: Noel Richardson remembers chef who cooked for him, Buffalo Bill Cody New wildfire starts in Yellowstone http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/new-wildfire-starts-yellowstone <p>A new wildfire has started in Yellowstone National Park but officials report no issues with any of the fires burning in the park.</p><p></p><p>Storms on Thursday brought rain to the Alum (AL'-um) Fire burning about 5 miles northwest of Fishing Bridge Junction. However, the storms also were accompanied by lightning that started at least one new fire about a mile away.</p><p>The National Park Service says more than 700 lightning strikes occurred in the park Thursday afternoon so additional fire starts are expected. Dry, warmer weather also is expected this weekend.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 21:38:30 +0000 The Associated Press 46188 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net New wildfire starts in Yellowstone Study questions Yellowstone grizzly rebound http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/study-questions-yellowstone-grizzly-rebound <p>A new study suggests that flaws in how the government measures Yellowstone's grizzly bear population raise questions about whether the animals have recovered sufficiently to merit lifting federal protections.</p><p></p><p>Lead author Daniel Doak of the University of Colorado says a major reason more bears have been counted in recent years is that more time is now spent counting bears. He says the population could be in decline even as officials consider revoking its threatened species status.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 22:17:08 +0000 The Associated Press 42748 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Study questions Yellowstone grizzly rebound Study: Elk pregnancies unaffected by wolf presence http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/study-elk-pregnancies-unaffected-wolf-presence <p></p><p></p><p>A study by the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit shows that elk are not especially stressed out by the presence of wolves.</p><p></p><p>Pregnancy rates among migratory elk herds near Yellowstone have declined, and one theory was that wolves were harassing the elk – causing them to run and hide, and depriving them of grazing opportunities.</p><p></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:28:04 +0000 Willow Belden 42215 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Study: Elk pregnancies unaffected by wolf presence Study shows elk decline linked to drought and predators http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/study-shows-elk-decline-linked-drought-and-predators <p><br></p><p>A study by the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit shows that elk migrating to and from Yellowstone are raising fewer calves than in the past.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Report co-author Arthur Middleton says hot, dry weather has limited the amount of forage available, so fewer elk have been getting pregnant. Plus, he says wolves and bears are rebounding and killing more elk calves.</p><p>He says in contrast, <em>non-migratory</em> elk outside the park are doing well, because land is irrigated, and predators are scarce.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:53:05 +0000 Willow Belden 41907 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Study shows elk decline linked to drought and predators Experts will gather to create all-encompassing report about Old Faithful geothermal system http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/experts-will-gather-create-all-encompassing-report-about-old-faithful-geothermal-system <p></p><p></p><p>Yellowstone National Park has invited acclaimed geological experts from around the world to discuss Old Faithful’s geothermal system, and file a report on what is – and is <em>not yet</em> – known about it.</p><p></p><p>Park personnel will also speak about the needs of tourists, historic buildings and other infrastructure.</p><p></p><p>Park Geologist Hank Heasler says the goal is to create a report that will help park managers decide what to look at when considering future infrastructure management plans.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 23:31:23 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 41503 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Experts will gather to create all-encompassing report about Old Faithful geothermal system Study: Cutthroat decline means grizzlies eat more elk http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/study-cutthroat-decline-means-grizzlies-eat-more-elk <p></p><p>A new study shows that the decline in native cutthroat trout has had dramatic impacts on the migratory elk herds in the Greater Yellowstone Area.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Lead Researcher Arthur Middleton and others were studying the decline of elk herds in the region, and they determined that grizzly bears were playing a greater role in those deaths than they realized.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p><p>The illegal introduction of lake trout into Yellowstone Lake has harmed the cutthroat trout population.&nbsp;<br>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 00:34:20 +0000 Bob Beck 40786 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Study: Cutthroat decline means grizzlies eat more elk Cody to plow east entrance to Yellowstone http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/cody-plow-east-entrance-yellowstone <p>The effects of automatic spending cuts or sequestration are being felt in the Cowboy State. Because of the automatic spending cuts Yellowstone has been forced to cut 1.75 million dollars from their operating budget. That has caused Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk to delay plowing operations within the park, a move that has upset some gateway communities and caused others to find a solution. Cody officials have been working hard to find a way to open the East Gate on time despite the federal government. From Cody David Koch has more</p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:30:17 +0000 David Koch 38067 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Cody to plow east entrance to Yellowstone Governor ponders sequestration help http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/governor-ponders-sequestration-help <p>Mayors from communities surrounding Yellowstone National Park are asking the state of Wyoming to help pay for snow removal to help Yellowstone open its roads on time.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Yellowstone officials say the snow removal has been delayed due to the federal sequestration.&nbsp; But Governor Matt Mead says he has reservations about using state dollars to pay for federal obligations.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 01:59:09 +0000 Bob Beck 37696 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Governor ponders sequestration help Yellowstone National Park releases new winter use plan http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/yellowstone-national-park-releases-new-winter-use-plan <p>Winter visitors to Yellowstone National Park may soon get to explore the park on self-guided snowmobile tours, according to the new proposed Winter Use Plan released today.</p><p>The plan includes guidelines for how many visitors can enter the park on snowmobiles and snow coaches, and also allows for visitors to tour the park without a professional guide, which is currently required.</p><p>However, Park Superintendent Dan Wenk says that participants of non-commercially guided tours will still have to meet minimum standards.</p> Sat, 23 Feb 2013 00:56:53 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 37083 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Yellowstone National Park releases new winter use plan Fire activity in 2012 sets record http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/fire-activity-2012-sets-record <p>2012 has been the worst fire year on record for Wyoming, according to the Wyoming State Forestry Division.</p><p>State Forester Bill Crapser says there’s been more fire activity, and fires have been larger and more extreme than ever before.</p><p>“Statewide, the only year that we came close to the same amount of acreage would have been way back in 1988 with the Yellowstone fires,” Crapser said.</p><p>The holiday weekend is expected to be hot and dry, so Crapser warns that anyone recreating outside should be exceptionally careful not to start fires.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 22:11:25 +0000 Willow Belden 29387 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Fire activity in 2012 sets record Yellowstone to host climate change workshop for teachers http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/yellowstone-host-climate-change-workshop-teachers <p>Yellowstone National Park will host a climate change educational workshop for teachers this month.<br /><br /> During the four-day workshop, a representative from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will explain how climate change works, and rangers will talk with teachers about where Yellowstone is seeing impacts, including increased wildfire activity and threats to pika habitat.<br /><br /> Katherine Chesson worked with the parks Climate Challenge, which runs similar programs in parks around the country.<br /> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 22:19:59 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 27944 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Yellowstone to host climate change workshop for teachers Yellowstone Superintendent Offers Update on Winter Use Plan http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/yellowstone-superintendent-offers-update-winter-use-plan <p><a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wpr/openspaces.mediaplayer?STATION_NAME=wpr&amp;MEDIA_ID=1016473&amp;MEDIA_EXTENSION=mp3&amp;MODULE=openspaces "><strong>Listen to the interview</strong></a></p><p>This week Yellowstone National Park has held a series of meetings discussing its new proposed winter use plan.&nbsp; Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk joins Wyoming Public Radio&rsquo;s Bob Beck and they discuss the fact that after several years of reduced numbers, more snowmobiles may soon be allowed in Yellowstone.</p> Fri, 20 Jul 2012 21:51:11 +0000 Bob Beck 27284 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Yellowstone Superintendent Offers Update on Winter Use Plan Wild West Balloon Fest - Cody (& Region) http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wild-west-balloon-fest-cody-region <p>The Wild West Balloon Fest draws ballooners from all over the country for a unique festival and competition set in a breathtaking arena. Balloons launch at dawn from a grass covered city park. The public is most welcome to mingle with the pilots and crews-indeed volunteers are welcome to help the crew. The pilots can instruct you on the spot for a new experience and a grand adventure. This is a small, relaxed rally. Safe, conservative flying is their hallmark, fun is the goal.</p> Wed, 27 Jun 2012 16:57:56 +0000 Greater Yellowstone Free Press 26160 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wild West Balloon Fest - Cody (& Region) Yellowstone fears visitors are too bold around animals http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/yellowstone-fears-visitors-are-too-bold-around-animals <p>After a peaceful quarter century, bears in Yellowstone National park killed two visitors last summer. Now, park officials are adamantly warning visitors to forget the sense of security they feel at zoos and amusement parks because Yellowstone is a wild place. Wyoming Public Radio&rsquo;s Rebecca Martinez reports.</p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 21:42:56 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 25952 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Yellowstone fears visitors are too bold around animals Game and Fish warns vacationers of bear risks http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/game-and-fish-warns-vacationers-bear-risks <p>It&rsquo;s Memorial Day Weekend, which means National Parks and forests in the state are gearing up for a flood of tourists. But in northwest Wyoming, the Game and Fish Department is urging visitors to be Bear aware while enjoying the outdoors.</p><p>Jackson Game and Fish Spokesman Mark Gocke says people should hike in groups, when possible, and make a lot of noise to alert wildlife of their presence. Gocke says some bears seem to ignore visitors, but Gocke warns visitors never to approach a bear, no matter how harmless it seems.</p> Sat, 26 May 2012 00:08:37 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 24629 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Game and Fish warns vacationers of bear risks Yellowstone bison to be pushed back into park http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/yellowstone-bison-be-pushed-back-park <p>Government officials plan haze a large herd of migrating bison back into Yellowstone National Park this week - an annual event that is again drawing opposition from wildlife advocates and American Indian groups.</p><p>Montana state veterinarian Marty Zaluski says an estimated 400 bison are outside the park in the West Yellowstone area. Government workers could start driving the animals back into Yellowstone using a helicopter as early as Wednesday.</p><p>Hundreds of bison leave the park annually during winter to graze at lower elevations.</p> Tue, 08 May 2012 12:16:06 +0000 The Associated Press 23729 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Yellowstone bison to be pushed back into park Report Confirms Fatal Bear Attack In Yellowstone http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/report-confirms-fatal-bear-attack-yellowstone <p>Yellowstone National Park and the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee have released the results of their investigation into a fatal August 2011 bear attack.</p><p>Two hikers exploring the Mary Mountain Trail in Hayden Valley last August discovered the mauled body of 59-year old John Wallace of Michigan. Following several months of investigation, two reports released today confirmed that Mr. Wallace died from traumatic injuries following a bear attack.</p> Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:53:48 +0000 Sara Hossaini 20596 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Report Confirms Fatal Bear Attack In Yellowstone Wolf Management Legislation Passes http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wolf-management-legislation-passes <p>The Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee has passed a final draft of a wolf management plan. The state must maintain no fewer than 10 breeding pairs or a hundred individuals and would protect wolves in Yellowstone and the Wind River Reservation, designate them as trophy game in parts of the Western Mountains, and allow people to shoot them on sight in the remaining 85 percent of Wyoming.</p> Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:02:05 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 19683 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wolf Management Legislation Passes Final Opportunity to Comment on New Yellowstone Winter Use Proposals http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/final-opportunity-comment-new-yellowstone-winter-use-proposals <p>Beginning Thursday, the National Park Service will call on the public to give its feedback on their latest ideas for winter use of Yellowstone Park. This is part of the Supplemental Impact Statement which will help inform the final winter management plan expected to be ready by December of this year. The most controversial part of the proposal deals with reduced snowmobile numbers. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 23:56:30 +0000 Sara Hossaini 18959 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Final Opportunity to Comment on New Yellowstone Winter Use Proposals Yellowstone Seeks Public Comment For UNESCO http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/yellowstone-seeks-public-comment-unesco <p>Officials at Yellowstone National Park are seeking public comment on a draft report about threats the park is facing, as well as progress made addressing those threats.</p><p>The report was prompted by the UN&#39;s World Heritage Committee after the park became a UNESCO world heritage site in 1978.</p><p>Al Nash is a spokesperson for Yellowstone. He says the World Heritage Committee put the park on its list of endangered places in 1095, when a plan to mine gold in an area adjacent to the park was to resume&hellip; but, when that plan was scrapped, Yellowstone was removed from the list.</p> Sat, 07 Jan 2012 00:28:25 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 17706 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Yellowstone Seeks Public Comment For UNESCO Wolf researcher for federal gov't takes issue with wolf plan http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/wolf-researcher-federal-govt-takes-issue-wolf-plan <p>One of five scientists retained by the federal government says he sees shortcomings in Wyoming&#39;s proposed wolf management plan.</p><p>While four of the scientists generally approved of the plan, wolf researcher John A. Vucetich of Michigan says it&#39;s vague on how to reconcile conflicts between wolves and elk and may overestimate the mortality wolf populations can sustain.</p><p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service retained the five scientists to evaluate Wyoming&#39;s wolf plan.</p> Fri, 06 Jan 2012 14:04:33 +0000 The Associated Press 17664 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Wolf researcher for federal gov't takes issue with wolf plan Yellowstone says new Montana hunt rules protect wolves http://wyomingpublicradio.net/post/yellowstone-says-new-montana-hunt-rules-protect-wolves <p>Yellowstone National Park officials say an agreement with neighboring Montana that limits wolf hunting along the park&#39;s northern border is protecting the park&#39;s wolves from excessive hunting.</p><p>Yellowstone wolf biologist Doug Smith said Wednesday that Montana&#39;s 2011-12 wolf season so far has had less impact than the inaugural hunt in 2009. That year hunters killed four wolves from Yellowstone&#39;s Cottonwood pack, which had been studied for years by scientists and was popular among wolf watchers from across the country.</p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 13:56:41 +0000 The Associated Press 17596 at http://wyomingpublicradio.net Yellowstone says new Montana hunt rules protect wolves