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2007-10-26 05:32:38

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Grizzly bears in the region in and around Yellowstone National Park have suffered unusually high mortality rates so far this year, likely because of a dearth of natural food sources, a researcher said. Chuck Schwartz, leader of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team, said officials tallied 25 known and probable grizzly mortalities. Twenty-two of those mortalities were human-caused, two of the deaths resulted from natural causes, and the cause of one death was...

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2007-10-16 13:30:00

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Yellowstone National Park's bison herd has bounced back to near-record levels following the slaughter of more than 1,000 animals two winters ago to guard against the spread of disease, park administrators said Monday. An estimated 4,700 bison, also known as buffalo, now roam the park - up from 3,600 last year. They make up the largest bison herd in the world. During the winter of 2005-2006, after the population hit a record 4,900 animals, more than 1,000 bison migrating...

2007-05-27 12:00:00

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) -- The buses are coming! The buses are coming! The much anticipated return of the yellow touring buses to Yellowstone National Park will begin June 4. The story of how the buses came back to the park is as intriguing as the buses themselves. The fleet of eight buses was bought by the Xanterra Co., which runs tours and concessions in Yellowstone, from the Skagway, Alaska, Streetcar Co. The White Model 706 tour buses, built in Ohio, were made exclusively for the...

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2006-11-06 15:23:45

Grainy photographs of America's Old West recall a time when large bison herds migrated across wide prairie lands, 30 million strong, with the changing seasons determining their path and destination. Now, NASA satellite data and computer modeling and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) information are helping track the remnants of this once mighty herd in Yellowstone National Park as they migrate with the melting snowpack. The Yellowstone bison are the only herd in lower North America to...

2006-07-25 14:51:59

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global warming puts 12 of the most famous U.S. national parks at risk, environmentalists said on Tuesday, conjuring up visions of Glacier National Park without glaciers and Yellowstone Park without grizzly bears. All 12 parks are located in the American West, where temperatures have risen twice as fast as in the rest of the United States over the last 50 years, said Theo Spencer of the Natural Resources Defense Council. "Rising...

2006-07-25 14:50:00

By Deborah Zabarenko WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global warming puts 12 of the most famous U.S. national parks at risk, environmentalists said on Tuesday, conjuring up visions of Glacier National Park without glaciers and Yellowstone Park without grizzly bears. All 12 parks are located in the American West, where temperatures have risen twice as fast as in the rest of the United States over the last 50 years, said Theo Spencer of the Natural Resources Defense Council. "Rising temperatures,...

2006-06-01 06:30:27

BILLINGS, Mont. -- Air quality in four of six categories is worsening at Yellowstone National Park, a new study by the National Park Service shows. The study compiled air-quality trends dating back to 1995 at national parks across the country. One pollutant on the rise in Yellowstone is ground-level ozone, which can cause respiratory problems and threaten plant health. But the levels aren't high enough to pose a risk and don't exceed any national standards, the Park Service said. Still,...

2006-03-21 07:50:00

BILLINGS, Mont. -- More than 250 scientists and researchers have signed a letter protesting a federal proposal to no longer protect grizzly bears in the Yellowstone area under the Endangered Species Act. The letter, dated Monday, was addressed to Chris Servheen, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's grizzly bear recovery coordinator. Servheen has said he expects a final decision on the proposal by year's end or early next year. Among those signing the letter were primatologist Jane Goodall...

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2006-03-17 08:05:00

ST. ANTHONY, Idaho (AP) - A multiple-year study of wolverines by the Wildlife Conservation Society and state and federal agencies has found that the fierce, reclusive animals travel hundreds of miles. "The most striking thing we've found, putting GPS collars on, is just how far they travel," Jeff Burrell, Greater Yellowstone program manager for the society, told The Associated Press on Thursday. "They are amazing little travelers." One male, whose territory covered 14,000 square miles,...

2005-11-15 15:43:28

By Patricia Wilson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Protected for 30 years, grizzlies near Yellowstone National Park could become fair game after the Bush administration on Tuesday took the first step to remove the bears from the U.S. endangered species list. A big, bold icon of the American West that mostly eats plants and animals but occasionally attacks tourists, Ursus arctos horribilis essentially is a victim of its own success, rebounding from a low of about 220 in 1975, when it was...


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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