Yellowstone National Park

A sign near Gardiner, Montana, sits near the north entrance to Yellowstone National Park, May 16, 2019.
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Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks announced Tuesday they’re closing to all visitors, effective immediately.

The closure comes days after area county health officials and Montana and Wyoming’s governors called for the parks to close to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Park and Gallatin County health officials are asking Yellowstone National Park to close immediately to prevent visitors from potentially spreading COVID-19 in gateway communities and overwhelming local health care facilities. 

Grizzly bear sow and cub in Yellowstone National Park.
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Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced Mar. 11 that encounters between people and grizzly bears in the southern part of the state were higher in 2019 than in recent years. The number of injuries has stayed about the same.

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Yellowstone National Park has started capturing bison migrating outside the park and will hold them for possible slaughter as part of a population reduction program.

Three bison walk through deep snow at Yellowstone National Park.
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BOZEMAN, Mont. — Officials have announced roads in Yellowstone National Park will be closed from the middle of March into April while workers clear snow.

Restrictions on air travel out of China due to the coronavirus are already having an impact on Montana’s tourism season. Businesses in West Yellowstone say bookings by Chinese tourists are down.

Six people carry a large crate through the snow.
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Yellowstone National Park wildlife biologists will host Facebook Live events each Tuesday in March to commemorate the 25th anniversary of wolf reintroduction in the park. 

Yellowstone National Park has unveiled a major initiative to upgrade employee housing, which park officials say is long overdue.

About half of Yellowstone National Park’s 800 employees live in park housing. Park spokeswoman Morgan Warthin describes the quality of that housing as, “Fair to poor.”

Yellowstone National Park officials say the coyote that attacked and injured a cross country skier Tuesday has tested negative for rabies.

The unidentified 43-year-old woman was bitten by a coyote while skiing in the Canyon Village area.

Three bison walk through deep snow at Yellowstone National Park.
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The U.S. Department of Justice recently asked a federal court to dismiss a Gardiner woman’s claim for half a million dollars in compensation from the winter bison hunt north of Yellowstone National Park. 

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