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THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014

Lawsuit forces Idaho to suspend plan for hired wolf hunter

WILDLIFE -- Idaho Fish and Game officials say they’re suspending a plan to use a hired hunter to kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness until at least November of 2015. Idaho’s Wildlife Bureau Chief Jeff Gould made the declaration in...

TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

Oregon Congressman seeks wolf buffer around Yellowstone

WILDLIFE -- An Oregon congressman is asking the Interior Department to work with states to curb gray wolf hunting around Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana. Rep. Peter DeFazio is the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee. Hunters have legally killed Yellowstone...

MONDAY, JUNE 2, 2014

Seattle treasure hunters fouling Yellowstone Park

PUBLIC LANDS -- For God's sake, get a clue. Yellowstone Park rangers rescue, cite treasure hunters twice On April 27 and again on May 9, rangers from Yellowstone National Park had to rescue treasure hunters from Washington state who were ill-equipped for their treks into...

MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

Yellowstone Park roads opening to vehicles

PARKS – Snowplows at Yellowstone National Park opened the main road into Old Faithful over the weekend, marking the beginning of the spring tourist season. The East Entrance is scheduled to open May 2 and the South Entrance May 9.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014

Paddling law would be bad news for national parks

PUBLIC LANDS -- I've made a few classic canoe and kayak trips in Yellowstone National Park over the years, including the Lewis River to Shoshone Lake (see photo) and on Yellowstone Lake. But even though I'm a long-time paddler and co-author of the guidebook, Paddling...

SUNDAY, APRIL 6, 2014

Yellowstone fighting online supervolcano rumors; bison not fleeing

WILDLIFE -- Yellowstone National Park is fighting online rumors that running bison seen in a YouTube video (above) are fleeing a possible explosion of the park’s supervolcano. The video was posted on March 20, 10 days before a magnitude-4.8 earthquake hit, the park’s strongest quake...

THURSDAY, MARCH 27, 2014

Cyclists rule, briefly, on 49 miles of Yellowstone roads

BICYCLING -- This is a premier annual opportunity for cyclists to savor Yellowstone National Park before the RVs hit the road. Yellowstone Park opens 49 miles of road to bicycles today Bicyclists can enter Yellowstone National Park's West Entrance and ride 49 miles of highway...

TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014

NYT op-ed writer pleads for balance on assessing impact of wolves

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- In the past week, readers have forwarded me several stories and videos, such as the one above, glamorizing the benefits gray wolves have provided in restoring the ecosystem of Yellowstone National Park since the species was reintroduced in 1995. The information has...

FRIDAY, MARCH 7, 2014

Another sign of spring: Grizzlies emerging

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- If you need more reassurance that spring has sprung, Yellowstone National Park officials have reported that grizzly bears are beginning to emerge from their dens. First bears out of the hatch usually are males. Females with cubs born in the den during...

FRIDAY, DEC. 13, 2013

Yellowstone grizzlies recovered, panel says

THREATENED SPECIES -- A panel of wildlife officials says it’s time to lift Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park. An Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee spokesman says the panel’s members voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of ending the federal...

THURSDAY, NOV. 21, 2013

Bozeman-to-Yellowstone shuttle service planned

NATIONAL PARKS -- Making a winter visit to Yellowstone National Park will be easier this season with a new shuttle service between Bozeman and Mammoth Hot Springs. Yellowstone National Park Lodges, operated by Xanterra, says the shuttle will start on Dec. 18 with the winter...

THURSDAY, OCT. 17, 2013

Wolf nips grizzly cub in butt, outruns sow’s wrath

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- Here's another take on that spectacular wildlife watching opportunity posed in mid-September by the death of a bison 400 yards from a road in Yellowstone Park. Five grizzlies and five gray wolves challenged each other for three days as they jockeyed for...

MONDAY, OCT. 14, 2013

Photos catch five wolves, five griz on one carcass

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- A dead bison 400 yards from a main road in Yellowstone National Park in September provided the rare opportunity for visitors to see five grizzly bears -- rare in itself -- and five gray wolves vying for meals off the same carcass...

FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2013

Photographer documents grizzly out of its den

WILDLIFE -- It's time to start packing your bear spray again. Grizzly bears are emerging from their winter dens pretty much right on schedule. This photograph comes this week from Yellowstone Tour Guides, which has quite an assortment of photos showing the park's wildlife winning...

Yellowstone elk herd decline continues

WILDLIFE -- A major elk herd that migrates between Yellowstone National Park and Montana is still in a decline that’s reduced the population by 80 percent in 20 years. Scientists from the park and the Montana Department of Fish Wildlife and Parks said the Northern...

TUESDAY, SEPT. 4, 2012

Video: How dumb can Yellowstone tourists be around bison?

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS -- Every year we read about a tourist in Yellowstone National Park being hurt or killed by a bison. The park warns people to give bison plenty of distance; change course if necessary; leave them alone because while they're amazing creatures they're also...

MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012

Warm water closes Yellowstone rivers to fishing

FISHING -- A week after an unrelenting heat wave forced Montana to put restrictions on three rivers, Yellowstone Park officials have announced they're closing fishing on portions of three rivers because of unusually warm water temperatures. Starting Wednesday, park officials will prohibit fishing on the...

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2012

Cyclists rule in Yellowstone Park this week

BICYCLING -- Here’s another sign of springtime in Yellowstone National Park: Portions of the park have opened to bicycling. The park has closed to snowmobiles for the winter but has yet to open to motorized vehicles for the summer. In the meantime, bicyclists can travel...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 12, 2011

Yellowstone officials kill wolf seeking handouts

PREDATORS -- It looks as though someone has killed another wolf with food. A ranger at Yellowstone National Park has killed a gray wolf that repeatedly had come close to people in recent months. The first case of this sort occurred in 2009, when park...

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011

Grizzly kills hiker in Yellowstone: first in 25 years

NATIONAL PARKS -- A grizzly bear killed a hiker today on a popular trail in the Yellowstone National Park backcountry. It's the first fatal bear mauling in the park since 1986, officials said. Park spokesman Al Nash said it appears the man and his wife...

Rich Landers

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Rich Landers writes and photographs stories for a wide range of outdoors coverage, including a Sunday feature section and a Thursday column. He also writes the Outdoors Blog.


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