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January 17, 2018
Yellowstone initiates criminal investigation related to bison release
The National Park Service has initiated a criminal investigation of 52 bison, that had been held at the Stephens Creek facility for possible quarantine, being released from the pens at the Stephens Creek facility in Yellowstone National Park.

January 17, 2018
2017 - Second busiest year on record
Yellowstone National Park experienced the second busiest year on record in 2017 with 4,116,525 visits.

January 16, 2018
Area closure instituted around Stephens creek in Yellowstone National Park
A temporary area closure has been instituted around Stephens Creek in Yellowstone National Park.

December 14, 2017
Yellowstone's winter season starts December 15
At 8 a.m. Friday, December 15, Yellowstone National Park roads will open to the public for motorized oversnow travel.

December 11, 2017
Sore mouth disease suspected in Yellowstone bighorn sheep
Sore mouth disease (also known as contagious ecthyma) is thought to be responsible for an illness observed among bighorn rams in Yellowstone National Park.

November 16, 2017
Yellowstone experiences third busiest October on record
Yellowstone National Park's October visitation numbers were down due to bad weather but overall visitation was still in the top three years.

November 09, 2017
Ecological research and monitoring site approved in Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park has permitted the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) to build an ecological research and monitoring site on Blacktail Deer Plateau in the northern section of the park.

November 01, 2017
Nearly all entrances and roads close in Yellowstone Monday, Nov. 6
This weekend, November 4-5, provides the last chance for visitors to drive to many iconic locations in Yellowstone.

October 19, 2017
New Yellowstone Youth Campus plan approved
Yellowstone National Park plans to construct a new youth campus at Mammoth Hot Springs to replace and improve the park’s existing education facilities.

October 19, 2017
Yellowstone proposes trail project
Yellowstone is accepting comments regarding a proposed project on hiking trails in the southern part of the park.

October 11, 2017
Road closures reduce Yellowstone's September visitation
Yellowstone hosted 640,068 visits in September 2017 down 8.79 percent from September 2016. Visits may have declined from previous years due to several days of inclement, snowy weather.

October 04, 2017
Enjoy fall in Yellowstone
Check these tips to help plan your trip to Yellowstone this fall!

September 19, 2017
Present at Yellowstone’s annual Fall Photo Festival
Calling all photographers. Come share your spectacular Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem photos at the 15th Annual Fall Photo Festival. The festival will be held at 7 p.m. on September 28, 2017 at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center.

September 14, 2017
Attend Yellowstone’s Hawk Watch on September 23
Celebrate the spectacle of raptor (bird of prey) migration on Saturday, September 23, in Yellowstone National Park’s Hayden Valley. The Hawk Watch is a spectacular opportunity to observe and learn about raptors, their ecology, and their migration.

September 14, 2017
Yellowstone kills aggressive bear near Heart Lake
On September 8, 2017, National Park Service biologists captured and killed a bear near Heart Lake in the southern part of Yellowstone National Park. The immature, male grizzly was repeatedly involved in conflicts with humans.

September 13, 2017
Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond road reconstruction approved in Yellowstone
With the signing of a Finding of No Significant Impact, Yellowstone's plans to improve the road between Fishing Bridge and Indian Pond will go forward.

September 12, 2017
Yellowstone Experiences Busiest August on Record
Yellowstone hosted 916,166 visits in August 2017, up 8.93 percent from August 2016.

September 06, 2017
Yellowstone National Park conducts commercial vehicle safety inspections
Yellowstone National Park rangers are partnering with state and federal transportation officials to conduct safety evaluations of commercial vehicles and operators traveling in the park this summer.

August 30, 2017
Volunteer for a National Public Lands Day project in Yellowstone
The National Park Service is seeking volunteers for a work project in the Blacktail Plateau area of Yellowstone on Saturday, September 30, 2017. In observance of National Public Lands Day, entrance fees will be waived for all visitors to the park on Saturday, September 30

August 29, 2017
Yellowstone opens lottery for Non-commercially Guided Snowmobile Access Program
Beginning Friday, September 1, Yellowstone will accept applications to the 2017-2018 winter season lottery for permits to snowmobile in the park without the presence of a commercial guide.

August 18, 2017
Native fish reintroduction project begins on Yellowstone’s upper Gibbon River
Biologists will remove non-native fish in the upper Gibbon River drainage, beginning August 21-September 30. Some trails and campsites will be closed some or all of this time. After non-native fish are removed, native fish will be reintroduced.

August 17, 2017
Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team Grizzly Bear Trapping Announcement
Biologists set to begin bear trapping for research purposes in Yellowstone National Park. Public reminded to heed warning signs!

August 16, 2017
Yellowstone sees a partial eclipse on August 21
Park officials expect heavy visitation in Yellowstone for next week's eclipse and offer advice to people planning to visit the park during that time.

August 10, 2017
Yellowstone releases reports about visitors and traffic
Yellowstone National Park has released the results of two studies completed in 2016 that document the current status of Yellowstone's traffic, visitor demographics, and more.

August 09, 2017
Yellowstone conducts commercial vehicle safety inspections
Yellowstone National Park rangers are partnering with state and federal transportation officials to conduct safety evaluations of commercial vehicles and operators traveling in the park this summer.

August 09, 2017
Yellowstone experiences third busiest July on record
Yellowstone hosted 962,404 visits in July 2017. The continued high level of visitation here underscores how important it is for visitors to plan ahead and expect delays at popular attractions.

August 08, 2017
Yellowstone expects heavy visitation around August 21
Visitation to Yellowstone National Park in the days before, during, and after the solar eclipse on August 21 is anticipated to be heavier than usual.

July 25, 2017
Yellowstone reminds people to be safe in bear country
Yellowstone National Park is trying to increase the number of people carrying bear spray and Jeff Bridges wants to help!

July 19, 2017
New Trail & Overlook Protect Yellowstone's Resources
New trail in Yellowstone provides a different view of Grand Prismatic Spring and minimizes resource damage and visitor safety concerns from off-trail travel.

July 13, 2017
Environmental assessment on proposed Yellowstone Youth Campus available for public comment
Yellowstone National Park seeks comments from the public on an environmental assessment (EA) that measures the impacts of the proposed reconstruction or relocation of the Yellowstone Youth Campus.

July 12, 2017
Second busiest June on record
Yellowstone National Park hosted 803,298 visits in June 2017. This was the second busiest June on record, down 4.8 percent from June 2016, which saw 838,316 visits.

June 29, 2017
Stay Safe, Protect Yellowstone this Fourth of July
This holiday weekend, Yellowstone National Park rangers ask all park visitors to arrive in the park prepared for a safe, pleasurable, and rewarding experience. Protect yourself and your park by following certain tips.

June 28, 2017
Two Visitors Injured by Bison at Mud Volcano
A married couple received injuries after being “butted” by a bison at Mud Volcano, just north of Lake Village in Yellowstone National Park.

June 19, 2017
Environmental Assessment on proposed National Ecological Observatory Network Site available for Public Comment
Yellowstone National Park seeks comments from the public on an environmental assessment (EA) that assesses the impacts associated with the proposed construction and operation of a National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) site in the park.

June 15, 2017
Kayak guide dies attempting to rescue client in Yellowstone Lake
A 23-year-old kayak guide, Timothy Hayden Ryan Conant from Salt Lake City, Utah, died while attempting to rescue a client who capsized on Wednesday, June 14. The incident occurred in the West Thumb area of Yellowstone Lake. The kayaking group consisted of nine clients and three guides.

June 14, 2017
Man Severely Burned in Hot Spring
A 21-year-old man, Gervais Dylan Gatete from Raliegh, North Carolina, sustained severe burns after falling into a hot spring late on Tuesday, June 13.

June 13, 2017
Yellowstone Experiences Second Busiest May on Record
The park hosted 419,627 visits in May 2017.

June 09, 2017
Fatality near Yellowstone's North Entrance
Today, park search crews located the body of Jeff Murphy who was missing near the park’s North Entrance.

June 08, 2017
Search for Missing Person begins near North Entrance of Yellowstone
The park is seeking information about an individual last seen at the Rescue Creek Trailhead on June 7, 2017.

June 08, 2017
Protect Yellowstone from Aquatic Invasive Species
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) pose a grave threat to the health of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

June 01, 2017
Yellowstone Issues Individual Day Ride Permits
Yellowstone National Park will begin to issue free day ride permits to individual users who take stock on park trails in 2017.

May 30, 2017
Park Increases Reward for Information about Wolf
Yellowstone National Park is now offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for shooting a wolf on the north side of the park, near Gardiner, Montana.

May 24, 2017
Park Expects Busy Summer: Come Prepared and Take the Yellowstone Pledge
Are you traveling to Yellowstone National Park this summer? When you visit this wild and amazing place, we ask you to come prepared so you can protect yourself and your park.

May 19, 2017
Yellowstone Seeks Additional Public Input on Effects to Historic Mt. Washburn Lookout
Yellowstone National Park seeks additional public input on potential direct and indirect effects of a project involving the historic Mt. Washburn Fire Lookout.

May 11, 2017
Preliminary Necropsy Results Reveal Well-Known Wolf Shot
Preliminary results from the necropsy of the Canyon Pack alpha female wolf showed that she suffered from a gunshot wound. Law enforcement seeks additional information to aid investigation.

May 11, 2017
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day 2017 in Yellowstone with Free Programs
Yellowstone National Park and the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center will celebrate International Migratory Bird Day Saturday, May 13, with free public programs and a field trip.

May 03, 2017
Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team Grizzly Bear Trapping Announcement
Biologists set to begin grizzly bear trapping for research purposes in Yellowstone National Park. Public reminded to heed warning signs!

April 25, 2017
Public Comment Sought on Proposed Road Reconstruction from Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond
Yellowstone National Park seeks comments from the public on a proposed project to reconstruct a segment of the East Entrance Road from Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond (3.2 miles).

April 21, 2017
Tourism to Yellowstone National Park Creates $680.3 Million in Economic Benefits
Report shows visitor spending supports 8,156 jobs in local economy

April 20, 2017
Celebrate Earth Day 2017 in Gardiner, MT
On Saturday, April 22, Yellowstone National Park, concessioners, and community partners will observe the 47th Earth Day. All events are free to the public.

April 19, 2017
Yellowstone Reminds Film Crews, Photographers and News Crews about Permit Requirements
Yellowstone National Park encourages visitors who intend to capture images, videos, or sound recordings for commercial purposes to review our permit requirements before arriving in the park.

April 18, 2017
Yellowstone Invites Anglers to 2017 Spring Meetings
Yellowstone National Park staff will travel to nearby communities to talk with anglers and other interested individuals about the ongoing efforts to restore native fish species, the threat of aquatic invasive species, and the park’s fishing regulations.

April 17, 2017
Select Roads Open to Automobiles
Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2017, select roads in Yellowstone National Park will open for the season.

April 14, 2017
National Park Week--April 15 through April 23, 2017
Ring in spring with a visit to Yellowstone National Park during National Park Week, April 15 through 23. Visitors can also enjoy free admission during the weekends of National Park Week, April 15, 16, 22, and 23.

April 14, 2017
Well-Known Wolf Severely Injured and Killed in Park
MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – On April 11, 2017, hikers discovered a severely injured wolf inside Yellowstone National Park near Gardiner, Montana.

April 05, 2017
Yellowstone Issues Firewood Collection Permits
Yellowstone National Park will begin accepting requests for 2017 firewood collection permits Friday, April 7, through Sunday, April 9.

March 27, 2017
Select Roads Open for Spring Bicycling
Bicyclists- Plan Ahead for a Safe Ride

March 17, 2017
Public Comment Sought on Proposed Temporary Parking Area at Midway Geyser Basin
Yellowstone National Park seeks comments from the public on a proposal to construct a temporary gravel parking area near the Fairy Falls Trailhead at Midway Geyser Basin.

March 15, 2017
First Bear Sighting of the Year
Early Wednesday morning, March 15, a park employee observed a grizzly bear between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower-Roosevelt.

March 03, 2017
Roads in Yellowstone Begin to Close for Spring Plowing
Winter Visitor Season Ends Soon

March 03, 2017
Presenters Sought for Annual Winter Photo Festival
Yellowstone National Park calls on photographers to share their spectacular Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem winter photos at the 8th Annual Winter Photo Festival that will be held Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center at 7 p.m.

February 17, 2017
New Yellowstone Science Highlights Native Trout Conservation
The latest issue of Yellowstone Science focuses on the efforts to restore native fish to Yellowstone National Park waterways. The articles provide opportunities to anyone who wants to learn more about the critical role native fish play in this dynamic ecosystem.

February 15, 2017
Yellowstone Recruiting for 2017 Youth Conservation Corps Program
How would you like to help Yellowstone while you work, learn, play, and serve in the world’s first national park? Yellowstone National Park is currently recruiting for the 2017 Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program, a residential work-based education program for young men and women between the ages of 15 and 18.

January 30, 2017
Public Comment Sought on Proposed Telecommunications Infrastructure at Mount Washburn & Other Park Areas
Yellowstone National Park seeks comments from the public on a proposed project to construct an antenna mounting structure at the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout that would improve poor telecommunications services at the Old Faithful, Grant, Lake, and Canyon developed areas.

January 19, 2017
Three Defendants from the High On Life Group Plead Guilty
Three defendants from the Canadian group High On Life appeared Thursday, January 19, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Carman at the Yellowstone Justice Center in Mammoth Hot Springs, WY.

Last updated: June 15, 2017

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