Yellowstone National Park

Three bison walk through the 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. 

Two men walk up to Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park.

Two men pleaded guilty in December to trespassing on the cone of Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. 

A brown trout swims near the surface of the water.
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The public comment period closes Monday, Jan. 6 at midnight, on proposals to address crowding and conflicts on the iconic Madison River in southwest Montana.

A bison raises its head after eating grass beneath the snow in Yellowstone National Park.
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A federal appeals court this week revived a lawsuit filed by an environmental law firm that challenges the state of Montana and the federal government’s management of bison from Yellowstone National Park. 

A semi-truck hauls 33 bison from Yellowstone National Park to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation for the final stage of the quarantine process, December 23, 2019.
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Correction: The previous version of this story said it was the first direct transfer of female bison from the park to the tribes through a quarantine program to make sure the animals are disease-free. The bison were held in quarantine at a U.S. Department of Agriculture facility near Gardiner, Montana and loaded into the trailer at Stephens Creek Capture Facility in Yellowstone National Park. YPR regrets the error.   

Thirty-three bison were transferred from Yellowstone National Park to the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation Monday. It marked the first transfer of female bison to the tribes through the current quarantine program to make sure the animals are disease-free.

A herd of bison roam on lands owned by the American Prairie Reserve, a sprawling wildlife reserve in northeastern Montana.
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The Junction Butte Wolf Pack standing in the snow.
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Two wolf pups from a famous wolf pack in Yellowstone were killed by a car in the park November 19. 

A snow grooming machine drives over snow to create a path
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Yellowstone National Park's winter tourist season begins Sunday. Beginning at 8 a.m., visitors will be able to travel the park’s interior roads on commercially-guided snowmobiles and snowcoaches from the North, West, and South Entrances. 

Tourists visit the general store at Tower Fall, Yellowstone National Park, June 2018.
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Yellowstone National Park officials are reviewing thousands of public comments on a proposal to improve Wi-Fi access in developed areas. Some people who work in the park say it’s important for visitors and employee retention. Others worry it will only distract people from nature and lead to more commercialization in national parks. 

Bison graze in Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park, August 18, 2016.
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State, federal and tribal representatives tasked with managing bison in and around Yellowstone National Park voted again Tuesday to reduce the herd size as animals migrate out of the park this winter.