Yellowstone National Park

Bison hunts near Yellowstone unsafe, residents say

Once bison leave the park in the Gardiner Basin they can be legally killed during two winter seasons by state hunters, as well as by tribal hunters with treaty rights. Some tribal hunts extend into April. The problem has been that the areas where hunters have the easiest access to bison is relatively small and not far from residences.

Study: Carnivores’ return helps Yellowstone streams

Widespread extermination of wolves, cougars early last century meant elk herds able to grow in size, eating away willow plants and other vegetation along park’s streams, causing erosion damage. But in recent years, resurgent populations of wolves and cougars have restored the park’s natural balance by knocking back elk numbers and changing the herds’ behaviors.

Officials: Yellowstone superintendent shuffle shouldn’t sidetrack bison quarantine effort

(recreation.gov)BOZEMAN, Mont. — The impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn’t disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison, officials said. The transfer of a group of bull bison to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation later this year should still be on track, Yellowstone bison program manager Tim Reid said. “I think there’s a world…

Two elk attacks in three days near same Yellowstone hotel

A female elk like this one, also with a calf, recently attacked a woman in Yellowstone National Park, the second such attack in a span of a few days. Officials are unsure if it was the same elk, but say elk often aggressively defend their young.CHEYENNE, Wyo. — For the second time in three days, an elk has attacked a…

Yellowstone boss to retire rather than face possible reassignment, dismisses ‘politics’ speculation

Dan Wenk’s seven years leading one of the premier national parks have been marked by an explosion in visitor numbers; tension with neighboring states over wild bison slaughters, wolf hunting and grizzly bears; and a sexual harassment scandal involving Yellowstone’s maintenance division that echoed allegations at other national parks. (Yellowstone National Park)BILLINGS, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent said that…

U.S. won’t restore Yellowstone grizzly protections

Review was launched when a federal appeals court said in a case involving gray wolves in the Great Lakes that the Interior Department needed to give more consideration to how a species’ loss of historical habitat affects its recovery – like wolves, grizzly bears in some parts of the U.S. have bounced back from widespread extermination, yet remain absent from most of their historical range. But, per grizzlies, Interior officials said that they disagreed with the ruling in the wolf case.

Wyoming’s plan to increase grizzly hunt quotas disputed

(Photo by Bob Drieslein)HELENA, Mont. — Conservation groups alleged earlier this week that Wyoming used part of Montana’s grizzly bear hunting quota to increase its own allocation for a proposed hunt this year, even though Montana wildlife regulators voted not to give away any part of its quota. Wyoming’s proposal for its first grizzly hunt in decades sets a quota…

Idaho takes step toward grizzly hunting season

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho officials have started the process of opening a grizzly bear hunting season this fall that would allow the killing of one male grizzly. The Fish and Game Commission in a 7-0 vote directed the Department of Fish and Game to gather public comments on the possible hunt. The department will use those comments to draft a possible…

After bison bounce back in Wyoming, state plans hunt

After a rebound in Wyoming’s bison population, the state Game and Fish Department is planning a hunt this fall. The agency announced at a meeting over the weekend that a bison hunt will take place between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1 on the North Fork. Hunters will be allowed to harvest three animals each. State wildlife biologist Tony Mong said…

More than 550 Yellowstone bison culled so far this winter

  BOZEMAN, Mont. — Wildlife officials say more than 550 Yellowstone National Park bison have been removed so far this winter in the annual program to limit the herd size. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported that 328 animals have been shipped to slaughter and hunters have killed 234. Meat from slaughtered bison is distributed to Native American tribes. The aim…