September 8, 2013 |
A child has died from gunshot wounds at a campground in Yellowstone National Park, park officials said. The child's mother told emergency dispatchers that her daughter had shot herself with a handgun, park spokesman Al Nash said in a recorded statement. Park rangers arrived at the Grant Village Campground, where the fatal shooting took place Saturday, and an emergency medical team unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate the girl, Nash said. The name and age of the child were being withheld until extended family members could be notified, Nash said.
August 16, 2013 |
A couple of violent encounters with grizzly bears in and near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming have left four people wounded. In the first incident, a sow grizzly lunged at a group of four hikers in Yellowstone after a grizzly cub met them on a trail Thursday morning, the National Park Service said. A minute-long tussle ensued with the mother bear, leaving one person with injuries that were treated at the scene and another with bite and claw marks that required hospital care.
August 1, 2013 |
They're like people with anger issues--you never quite know when they're going to blow their tops. And so when Yellowstone National Park's Steamboat Geyser (the world's tallest) erupted Wednesday for the first time in more than eight years, people took notice. The marvelous natural show, a nine-minute blast that sent steaming hot water 250 feet in the air, was witnessed by several dozen lucky visitors who happened to be in the park's Norris Geyser Basin. “They got quite an historic show,” park spokesman Dan Hottle told the Los Angeles Times.
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July 31, 2013 |
Reintroduction of the gray wolf to Yellowstone National Park has boosted an important food source for the threatened grizzly bear, researchers have found in an example of how the return of a top predator can have far-reaching ecological effects. A study published this week in the Journal of Animal Ecology is essentially a tale of who eats what. When wolves returned to the park in 1995 after a 70-year absence, they preyed on elk herds that browsed on trees and shrubs. The elk population, which had exploded without the wolves, dropped.
July 8, 2013 |
Here's one way to experience Yellowstone National Park as nature intended: quietly, without the summer crowds. But you'll need to don cross-country skis or snowshoes and brave chilly weather to do it. VBT, a longtime operator of hiking and biking tours that recently added ski itineraries, is offering a six-day trip, “
April 16, 2013 |
The number of gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountain region declined about 7% last year, the first significant population drop in the region since wolves were reintroduced in 1995. The decrease follows the removal of federal endangered species protections and the approval of wolf hunts in several Western states. “There's no surprise” in the numbers, said Mike Jimenez, wolf management and science coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “The states are very carefully bringing the population down.” At the end of 2012, federal and state biologists counted 1,674 gray wolves in what is known as the northern Rocky Mountain distinct population segment, according to an annual report released Friday by the wildlife service.