Latest Yellowstone National Park Stories

2007-11-08 18:31:40

WASHINGTON (AP) - Yellowstone National Park, once the site of a giant volcano, has begun swelling up, possibly because molten rock is accumulating beneath the surface, scientists report. But, "there is no evidence of an imminent volcanic eruption," said Robert B. Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah. Many giant volcanic craters around the world go up and down over decades without erupting, he said. Smith and colleagues report in Friday's issue of the journal Science that...

2007-11-02 05:46:44

JACKSON, Wyo. -- The overall grizzly bear population in the Yellowstone area is thriving, but there is some concern about the number of female grizzlies killed this year. Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team leader Chuck Schwartz said Thursday the female deaths were approaching a threshold that, if repeated next year, could trigger a review of the decision earlier this year to remove the Yellowstone grizzly from protection under the Endangered Species Act. There are an estimated 571 grizzly...

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...

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...

2007-08-17 09:00:00

By MATT GOURAS FRENCHTOWN, Mont. - Residents who fled a fast-burning wildfire that threatened more than 200 homes are trying to determine whether theirs are still standing. In the early Friday darkness, Mike Rutter watched as the lights of fire engines intermingled with flames on a distant hillside near his home. "I'm definitely worried," he said, sitting in a church parking lot with his two children after midnight. "We're just hoping these guys are successful. I know they are trying."...

2007-07-26 14:05:00

WASHINGTON -- The wonderland known as Yellowstone National Park has yielded a new marvel - an unusual bacterium that converts light to energy. The discovery was made in a hot spring at the park where colorful mats of microbes drift in the warmth. "This thing was just bizarre," David M. Ward, a professor of microbial studies at Montana State University, said of the bacterium. Plants use photosynthesis to turn light into energy, of course, and so do some other bacteria. But, Ward said, the...

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...

2007-03-20 18:42:35

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The number of wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming continues to grow, with at least 1,300 in the three states at the end of 2006, federal officials say. "I keep thinking we're at the top end of the bubble," said Ed Bangs, wolf recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. "I can't see that there's room for any more, but we'll see." The wolf population has, on average, grown by about 26 percent a year for the past decade. The reports of livestock being killed...

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...

Latest Yellowstone National Park 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...

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...

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...

2005-06-02 09:20:16

Sand-verbena is a genus of about 35-40 species of annual or perennial herbaceous plants in the family Nyctaginaceae. They are native to western North America, from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming south to west Texas, California and northern Mexico, and grow on dry sandy soils. They make very attractive garden plants for hot, dry sandy sites. Despite the name, they are not related to the vervains (Verbena, family Verbenaceae).

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