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Yellowstone Spring Travelers Cautioned To Slow Down for Animals

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Date: May 5, 2014

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2014          14-026    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK NEWS RELEASE
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Yellowstone Spring Travelers Cautioned To Slow Down for Animals

Park visitors and others traveling along Yellowstone National Park’s west side on U.S. Highway 191 and on the park’s north side on U.S. Highway 89 are reminded that spring in the region often means sharing the road with large numbers of big animals.

Many animals are struck and killed by vehicles along roads inside and leading to Yellowstone. Spring means migration for hundreds of large mammals like bison and elk and collisions with them and other large animals often means significant damage to vehicles and injuries or even death for drivers. Speeding and driving inattentively only increases the odds that drivers will negatively impact wildlife on the road.

Outside the park’s North Entrance, the speed limit on US-89 is temporarily posted at 55 miles an hour along the 13 mile section of road north of Gardiner, Mont. due to wildlife on or near the road.
 
Most of US-191 between West Yellowstone and Belgrade, Mont., is outside the park, where the posted speed limit is 70 miles per hour. However, the speed limit drops to 55 miles per hour on the 19 mile section of US-191 that crosses Yellowstone National Park. This lower speed limit is strictly enforced by park rangers. Due to the presence of wildlife on the road between the park boundary and West Yellowstone, travelers are encouraged to use caution and reduce speeds to 55 miles per hour and be watchful for animals on or near the roadway.

For updated, 24-hour information on road conditions while traveling through the park, call 307-344-2117 or visit http://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm. Road information for Montana is available by calling 800-226-7623 or online at http://www.mdt.mt.gov/travinfo/.

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