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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...

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2009-01-05 14:50:00

The nearly 300 small earthquakes that have rumbled underneath Yellowstone National Park during the past week seem to have subsided for now, according to data from the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. The swarm of small earthquakes, the largest in more than two decades, began during the last week of December, and include three quakes that happened last Friday -- a magnitude 3.5 quake at 11:30 a.m., followed by quakes measuring 3.2 and 3.1 at 12:40 p.m. and 1:15 p.m.  Scientists and...

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2008-12-30 13:30:00

Several small earthquakes jostled Yellowstone National Park for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come. Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah, said swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone, but it's very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days. "They're certainly not normal. We haven't had earthquakes in this energy or...

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2008-12-18 10:41:17

State and federal officials have settled on letting bison migrate in areas of Montana from Yellowstone National Park: progressive activities anticipated to reduce but not stop a yearly massacre of the animals. The contract sections off two areas near Yellowstone that bison can stay, concluding a long, divisive issue. Some of the bison can depart from the park and steer clear of an extensively condemned slaughter intended to prevent transmissions of a disease, brucellosis, to cattle. "This...

2008-12-04 20:56:48

A Houston family lost a cat while camping at Yellowstone National Park and thought the kitty was dead, until it turned up alive and thinner three months later. Philip Wattenbarger said Fluffy the cat went missing while he was camping with his wife, Elizabeth Ayers, and their three daughters at the northeastern U.S. park in August, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday. Wattenbarger said the family searched the area for days but could find no sign of Fluffy. He said they eventually concluded...

2008-07-21 06:00:26

By Felicity Barringer Gray wolves in the greater Yellowstone area of the northern Rocky Mountains, which would have been fair game for hunters in three states as a result of a U.S. government decision in March, have again been put under the protections of the Endangered Species Act by a judge in Montana. The action by the judge, Donald Molloy of U.S. District Court, took the form of a preliminary injunction Friday and could be reversed. But Molloy's language showed serious reservations...

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2008-04-11 01:55:00

The continued slaughter of bison migrating from the west side of Yellowstone National Park has sparked outrage in environmental groups and bison advocates who requested a moratorium on Thursday.Since last fall, a state-federal livestock disease management program has been forced to kill or remove 1,598 bison seeking food at lower elevations outside the park.Another wave of bison are expected to migrate soon to Montana calving grounds and critics say the slaughter is threatening the viability...

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2008-04-03 00:45:00

A report from the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday criticized federal and state agencies for the record number of bison deaths in Yellowstone National Park.Yellowstone is home to almost 3,600 free-roaming bison, some of which routinely migrate from the park during winter for food. This has been a concern to many local officials as it increases the risk of spreading brucellosis"”a contagious bacterial disease that some fear could be transmitted to livestock.In late 2000,...

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2008-03-03 16:19:05

Fewer wolves may mean fewer pronghorn in greater Yellowstone As western states debate removing the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act, a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society cautions that doing so may result in an unintended decline in another species: the pronghorn, a uniquely North American animal that resembles an African antelope. The study, appearing in the latest issue of the journal Ecology, says that fewer wolves mean more coyotes, which can prey...


Latest Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Reference Libraries

Shoshone National Forest
2014-07-31 09:55:03

Shoshone National Forest is located in the state of Wyoming. It is comprised of 2,500,000 acres of protected land and is separated into five districts including the Washakie Ranger District and the Greybull Ranger District. It was part of the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve, which was the first national forest in America, but was given its own status as a national forest in 1891. Evidence has shown that Native American tribes have inhabited the lands of the Shoshone National Forest from as...

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...

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