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Kids Sprint Like Pronghorns at Wildlife Olympics

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Katelynn Steward (left) and her brother, Trevor, sprint during the Pronghorn Antelope race event
NPS Photo, Dan Hottle

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News Release Date: June 14, 2011
Contact: Al Nash, 307-344-2015

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 14, 2011 11-063   
Al Nash (307) 344-2015

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS FEATURE
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Kids Sprint Like Pronghorns at Yellowstone’s Wildlife Olympics

A wolf can eat 20 pounds of food in one sitting. That’s like a human eating 80 quarter-pound hamburgers for one meal! A pronghorn can sprint 25 yards in under one second, and a grizzly bear can smell a carcass from two miles away!

These are a handful of facts learned by kids of all ages at the Yellowstone Junior Ranger Wildlife Olympics, being held throughout the summer season at Mammoth Hot Springs, Canyon and Old Faithful Visitor Education Centers.

This is the second year the park has hosted the Wildlife Olympics, which features 12 fun activities for kids and their families to participate in with a park ranger and learn about Yellowstone’s wildlife. Activities include leaping like a snowshoe hare, jumping like a mountain lion, holding one’s breath like a beaver, not blinking like an owl, and standing on one leg like a great blue heron.

The 20 scheduled events began June 7 and will run from noon to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays at alternating locations through August 12. Check the park newspaper for scheduled event times and locations, or call the Albright Visitor Center at (307) 344-2263. For other activities for kids, visit www.nps.gov/yell and click on the "For Kids" link on the left.

PRODUCERS/EDITORS NOTE: Media interested in attending a Wildlife Olympics event can call the Yellowstone Public Affairs at (307) 344-2015.
 
- www.nps.gov/yell
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Did You Know?

Bison in Yellowstone.

There are more people hurt by bison than by bears each year in Yellowstone. Park regulations state that visitors must stay at least 25 yards away from bison or elk and 100 yards away from bears.