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    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

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Rules and Regulations

The following rules and regulations have been sorted by subject for your convenience. This section does not attempt to duplicate the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) so it should not be regarded as a comprehensive list of regulations. It will, however, answer many of the most common questions regarding park rules. The Superintendent's Orders (Compendium) is a listing of local regulations that is more technical and comprehensive concerning local issues.



 

GUNS IN PARKS

A new law regarding firearms in National Parks is in effect as of Feb. 22, 2010. See Laws & Polcies for more information.

Attention Hunters Transporting Carcasses Through the Park!

Game animal carcasses or parts may be transported through Yellowstone by motor vehicle on park roads only:

  • The transport of heads and spinal cords from deer, elk, or moose through the park is prohibited if they were taken in states known to have chronic wasting disease in wildlife. More details of the regulations can be found in the Superintendent's Compendium.
  • The transporter will keep the items/carcass covered and out of sight.
  • The route is direct and continuous with no stopping except for essential or emergency situations.
  • Transported carcasses are not allowed to overnight within the park boundaries.
  • Carcasses are freshly harvested and accompanied by a marked/valid state tag documenting legal harvest outside the park.
  • All carcasses, shed antlers, skulls, horns, bones, and other parts must be accompanied by a "Yellowstone Permit to Transport" issued at the point of entry into the park. Commercial transport of such items is prohibited. Those states affected include: Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.