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2010-01-08 14:20:00

Ted Turner's proposal to take 74 wild bison from Yellowstone National Park is receiving fierce opposition from critics who claim the animals are being surrendered for private profit instead of conservation. Montana's Democratic Governor, Brian Schweitzer, had requested that Mr. Turner take the animals after Federal officials warned the bison faced slaughter unless a new home was found for them. Mr. Turner, a longtime supporter of bison conservation, is estimated to own some 50,000 of the...

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2009-09-22 12:45:00

Yellowstone Grizzly bears are returning to the threatened species list, according to a federal court order on Monday. The grizzly bear species was announced to have rebounded in March 2007, but many are once again threatened by changes in their habitat, primarily in how climate change has rid the region of whitebark pines, which the bears rely on. Judge Donald Molloy issued a 46-page decision on Monday to restore protections for the grizzly bear, which resides primarily in and around the...

2009-09-01 09:00:00

Initiative Invites Public to Sponsor a Bear-Proof Box for a Yellowstone Campground BOZEMAN, Mont., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A fed bear is a dead bear. Most people who live in bear country have heard this clever saying. Some -- like Kerry Gunther, a bear management biologist for Yellowstone National Park -- know first-hand that this warning is all too true. "Bears that obtain human food eventually become more aggressive toward humans, and may need to be removed from the...

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2009-07-20 13:12:24

Researchers are proposing in a new report that a major experiment be conducted to reintroduce wolves to a test site in the Scottish Highlands, to help control the populations and behavior of red deer that in the past 250 years have changed the whole nature of large ecosystems. The proposal is modeled after research done in the United States, at Yellowstone National Park and elsewhere, which has demonstrated that the absence of large predators such as wolves and cougars has allowed deer, elk...

2009-07-18 23:40:45

Elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are starving due to fear of wolves and are not being killed by them, Montana State University researchers said. Essentially, they are slowly starving, Scott Creel, an ecology professor at MCU, and lead author of the study, said. Despite grazing and browsing during the winter, elk suffer a net loss of weight. Creel said the elk are eating in forested areas where they are safer. This browsing on woody shrubs or low tree branches provides good quality...

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2009-07-17 13:17:27

Wolves have caused elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to change their behavior and foraging habits so much so that herds are having fewer calves, mainly due to changes in their nutrition, according to a study published this week by Montana State University researchers. During winter, nearly all elk in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem are losing weight, said Scott Creel, ecology professor at MSU, and lead author on the study which appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

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2009-07-03 07:20:00

Federal officials have halted a plan by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission to halve the number of pelicans nesting in eastern and southern Idaho by 2013.In May, Idaho officials approved a five-year plan to kill American white pelicans in southeastern Idaho in order to protect sport fish and the Yellowstone cutthroat trout populations.The plan requires the approval of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, because pelicans are protected under federal law."We didn't feel the management plan had...

2009-04-01 14:00:00

Michelin named the Official Tire of the Yellowstone Park Foundation GREENVILLE, S.C., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Michelin has been named the "Official Tire of the Yellowstone Park Foundation" as part of a new environmental stewardship initiative to provide Michelin energy-saving tires to the Yellowstone National Park vehicle fleet. Adding Michelin tires will improve the fleet's fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions by an estimated 8 to 10 percent. The program was announced today during an...

2009-03-06 10:15:00

- The Demanding Landscape and Inhabitants of America's First National Park are explored on March 22 -   SILVER SPRING, Md., March 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Yellowstone National Park is a place of changing, but never-ending, beauty. From the delicate flowers that bloom in spring to the saturated colors of autumn and even to the barren sublimity of winter, its picturesque landscape has made it a world icon. Ironically, one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world has one of the...

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2009-01-13 09:36:22

Last winter, government agencies killed one third of Yellowstone National Park's bison herd due to concerns about the possible spread of a livestock disease to cattle that graze in areas around the park. Such drastic measures may be unnecessary, however, according to researchers who have assessed the risk of disease transmission from Yellowstone bison to cattle. "There are more cost-effective management solutions than the current approach, which has been highly controversial," said Marm...


Latest Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Reference Libraries

Gallatin National Forest
2013-11-27 15:54:29

The Gallatin National Forest was founded in 1899 and is located in south-central Montana, United States. The forest makes up 1,819,515 acres and has parts of both the Absaroka-Beartooth and Lee Metcalf Wilderness areas within its boundaries. Gallatin National Forest borders the Yellowstone National Park on the north and the northwest and is a part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, a region which includes nearly 20,000,000 acres. The forest is named after Albert Gallatin, U.S. Secretary of...

Bridger-Teton National Forest
2013-11-21 15:56:13

The Bridger-Teton National Forest is found in western Wyoming, United States. The forest is made up on 3.4 million acres, making it the second largest national forest outside of Alaska. The forest extends from Yellowstone National Park, along the eastern boundary of Grand Teton National Park and from there rides along the western slope of the Continental Divide to the southern end of the Wind River Range. The forest extends southward including the Salt River Range and Wyoming Range...

Caribou-Targhee National Forest
2013-11-21 15:52:49

Caribou-Targhee National Forest can be found in the states of Idaho and Wyoming, with a small section located in Utah in the United States. The forest is broken into several separate sections and stretches over 2.63 million acres. Towards the east, the forest borders Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and Bridger-Teton National Forest. The majority of the forest is a part of the 20 million acre Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. The Caribou and Targhee National Forests were...

Custer National Forest
2013-10-14 10:37:59

Custer National Forest is mostly located in the state of Montana, with some areas located in South Dakota. This national forest is comprised of ten sections that equal 1,188,130 acres of land, which are separated into three ranger districts known as Ashland, Beartooth, and Sioux. It was created on March 2, 1907 as Otter National Forest, but was renamed in 1908 as Custer National Forest. In 1920, Sioux National Forest was added and in 1932, part of Beartooth National Forest was added. The...

Yellowstone National Park
2013-04-17 13:14:01

Yellowstone National Park is located in the United States. The majority of the park is located in Wyoming, but there are smaller areas of the park in Idaho and Montana. It is thought that this area was the first to be established as a national park in the entire world. The area was home to Native Americans for about 11,000 years, but was not well known to Americans until the 1860’s, when the first organized explorations were conducted there. The Lewis and Clark Expedition in the 19th...

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