Summer Bison Population Estimate

August 12, 2012 in Featured

Yellowstone National Park has completed its annual summer bison population abundance monitoring.

Three airplane surveys were conducted with a high count of the population at 4,230 bison.  There are approximately 2,600 bison in the Northern herd and 1,600 in the Central herd this summer. There were about 600 calves-of-the-year observed in a June aerial survey. Read the rest of this entry →

Fire Update

August 11, 2012 in Featured

The fire danger level in Yellowstone is Extreme. Fire restrictions are in effect. The northern third of the park received nearly 300 lightning strikes as thunderstorms rolled across the region late Thursday, with more thunderstorms, lightning, and gusty winds forecast on into Saturday. Read the rest of this entry →

It’s Bear Friday – YNet Discussion Forums

August 10, 2012 in Featured

by anasazi on Fri Aug 10, 2012 5:46 am

Hi all. Long-time reader, first-time poster.The photos are of Quad Mom’s family taken at Swan Lake Flats in June.”It’s like I’m lookin’ in a mirror.”

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Fire Danger Extreme – New Fires

August 9, 2012 in Featured

Three new small fires were discovered in Yellowstone late Tuesday. Continued impacts from hot, dry weather prompted the park to raise the fire danger to Extreme on Wednesday afternoon. Fire restrictions also went into effect at noon Wednesday.

Fan 1 and Fan 2 Fires:
The West Yellowstone Smokejumper aircraft spotted two small fires from the air late Tuesday in the northwest corner of the park, a mile southwest of High Lake. Four heli-rappellers from the Gallatin National Forest were inserted Tuesday evening to suppress the lightning caused fires. The 22-person Blue Ridge Interagency Hotshot crew from Arizona has arrived to continue suppression efforts. The combined fires are estimated at 2 acres with 25 percent containment.
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July 2012 Visitation for Yellowstone National Park

August 8, 2012 in Featured

Visitation to Yellowstone National Park for July is down slightly compared to year ago levels. The park recorded 888,335 recreational visitors in July 2012, down 2.1 percent from last year.

Recreational Visitors
July Year to Year Change
2012 888,335 – 2.1 %
2011 906,935 – 5.3 %
2010 957,785 + 6.4 %
2009 900,515 + 11.4 %
2008 808,110 – 1.8 %
2007 822,773
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Trail Closures And Fire Restrictions

August 7, 2012 in Featured

Yellowstone Implementing Trail Closures And Fire Restrictions

Continued hot, dry conditions and a potential for increased fire activity have prompted Yellowstone National Park to reinstate fire restrictions and close some hiking trails and backcountry campsites.

The Dewdrop Fire, several miles east of Canyon Village, is the largest of five fires actively burning in the park. It is currently estimated at 25 acres. As a precaution, the following backcountry campsites and trail segments north and east of the Dewdrop Fire were closed Monday afternoon:

- Astringent Creek Trail at the junction of the Lower Pelican Creek Trail.
- Upper Pelican Creek Trail at the junction of the Lower Pelican Creek Trail.
- Wapiti Lake Trail East of campsite site 4M2 to Wapiti Lake.
- Fern Lake Trail
- Backcountry campsites 4B1, 4B2, 4B3, 4B4, 4W2, 4W3, 5B1, 5B2, and 5P7. Read the rest of this entry →