Transporting Carcasses Through Yellowstone

Hunting is prohibited in Yellowstone. However, animals hunted outside the park may be transported through Yellowstone under the following conditions:
  • Game animal carcasses or parts may be transported through Yellowstone by motor vehicle on park roads only. Carcasses may not be transported through backcountry areas or on trails anywhere in the park with the exception of Mountain Creek and portions of the Sky Rim Trail (permit required).
  • 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.

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Last updated: September 11, 2017

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