Two men were recently sentenced for trespassing on the cone of Old Faithful Geyser, a closed thermal area. Eric Schefflin, 20, of Lakewood, Colorado, and Ryan Goetz, 25, of Woodstock, New York, appeared in court on December 5, 2019, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice Center in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyoming. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/20001.htm
On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, two wolves from the Junction Butte Pack were fatally hit around sunset on the road between Tower Junction and the Northeast Entrance. A necropsy confirmed the black male and female pups died from a vehicle strike. Yellowstone law enforcement officers are investigating the incident. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/19055.htm
Beginning Sunday, December 22 at 8 a.m., East Entrance to Lake Butte Overlook (Sylvan Pass) will open to the public for oversnow travel on commercially-guided snowmobiles. Visitors who have proper permits can also take non-commercially guided snowmobile trips.Â https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/121719.htm
The annual removal of nonnative lake trout from Yellowstone Lake recently concluded and the multiyear effort points to a declining population. Lake trout are removed in an effort to preserve the native cutthroat trout population, the largest remaining concentration of inland cutthroat trout in existence. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/19053.htm
Biologists from the National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Universities of Wyoming and Montana published findings of a 10-year study about bison migration and grazing in Yellowstone National Park in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/19052.htm
The National Park Service seeks public comment on a proposal to install indoor Wi-Fi networks and associated equipment throughout Yellowstone National Parkâs developed areas for the benefit of park visitors and employees. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/19051.htm
Yellowstone hosted 170,038 visits in October 2019. This is a 22% decrease from October 2018.
So far in 2019, the park has hosted 3,977,852 visits, down 2.5% from the same period last year.
Due to snow throughout the month, some entrance stations and park roads were temporarily closed. These closures likely contributed to the decrease in visitation. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/19050.htm
A peer-reviewed report summarizing the results of Yellowstoneâs 2018 Visitor Use Study is available online today. The National Park Service contracted Otak Inc., RRC Associates, and The University of Montana Institute for Tourism Recreation Research to conduct the study to help better understand how visitors experience the park in real time, across the summer season, and across different parts of the park. More than 4,000 people responded to the surveys, one of the largest in the history of the National Park Service. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/19049.htm
This weekend, November 2-3, provides the last chance for visitors to drive to many iconic locations in Yellowstone. The West, South, and East Entrances and all roads, with one exception, will close to vehicle travel at 8 a.m. Monday, November 4, so the park can prepare them for the winter season and snowmobile and snowcoach travel, which will begin Sunday, December 15. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/news/19048.htm