Bison attack at Yellowstone

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 From the National Park Service

On Wednesday morning, June 28, 2017, a married couple received injuries after being “butted” by a bison at Mud Volcano, just north of Lake Village in Yellowstone National Park.

The Heber City, Utah, couple was taking photographs on a boardwalk at Mud Volcano, when a bison approached them. The bison butted The wife, age 72, who then fell into her husband, age 74, and both individuals fell to the ground.

Park rangers responded immediately and evacuated the couple from the trail, a quarter mile, to the road. The couple was transported to the Lake Clinic. The husband had minor injuries, and the wife was transported by Life Flight to Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was in stable condition. Citations were not issued to either individual.

When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay 25 yards away from all large animals – bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes and at least 100 yards away from bears and wolves. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in close proximity.

This is the first confirmed incident of a bison injuring visitors in 2017. In 2015, five people were injured after approaching bison.

Wolf update: Reward offered for info

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IMG_0479-0MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Park service officials are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in connection with the death of a wolf in Yellowstone National Park in April.

Last month, we told you about the injury and euthanization of a popular member of the member of the Canyon Pack.

Now the National Park Service said a study by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, has learned more about the injury.

According to the NPS:

Preliminary results from the necropsy of the Canyon Pack alpha female wolf showed that she suffered from a gunshot wound .. National Park Service law enforcement believes the wolf was shot on the north side of the park, near Gardiner, or near the Old Yellowstone Trail which is located in the park on the northern boundary. The incident likely occurred sometime between April 10 at 1 a.m. and April 11 at 2 p.m.

The wolf was one of three known white wolves in the park. She had at least 20 pups, 14 of which lived to be yearlings, according to the Park Service.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch (ISB), via the ISB Tip Line at 888-653-0009 or online at http://www.nps.gov/isb.

Wolf injury under investigation at Yellowstone

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  MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Yellowstone authorities are trying to determine how a popular wolf became injured.

The female was part of the park’s Canyon Pack android was one of three known white wolves in Yellowstone. 

According to the National Park Service:

This wolf lived to 12 years, twice the age of an average wolf in the park and had a broad range that extended from Hayden Valley to the Firehole River area to the northern portion of the park. For these reasons, the wolf was one of the most recognizable and sought after by visitors to view and photograph.

On April 11, 2017, hikers discovered the severely injured wolf inside The park near Gardiner, Montana. Park staff concluded the wolf was in shock and dying from the injuries. Staff agreed the animal could not be saved due to the severity of its injuries and the decision was made to kill the wolf.

An investigation into the cause of the injuries has begun which will include a necropsy.

Jail time in arch vandalism

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Workers sandblast the Roosevelt Arch in July. (c)2016 J.S.Reinitz

A Texas man has been sentenced to jail for allegedly leaving his mark on the Roosevelt Arch that marks Yellowstone’s north entrance. Here’s the National Park Service release:

Vandal Sentenced to Three Days in Jail for Carving into Iconic Roosevelt Arch
July 27, 2016

Mammoth Hot Springs, WY – Dakota D. Tipton, 26, of Joshua, Texas, was sentenced Tuesday, July 26, 2016, for carving his initials into the iconic Roosevelt Arch. U.S Magistrate Judge Mark Carman ordered Tipton to serve three days in jail, pay a $250 restitution fee for repairs, and $40 in court fees.

On June 10, 2016, park dispatch was notified by a visitor that Mr. Tipton was carving his initials into a keystone above a small walkway arch adjacent to Arch Park. When contacted by law enforcement, Mr. Tipton admitted to using a multi-tool to carve into the arch, calling it “a bad decision.”


Trip shot: Thermal images

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Mammoth Hot Springs. (c)2016 J.S.Reinitz

 It wouldn’t be a trip through Yellowstone without a stop at the geysers, thermal pools, hot springs and other volcanic features. My shots of Old Faithful weren’t the great because the steamy eruption blended in with the overcast day. But here are shots of a pool boiling away in the Old Faithful area and Mammoth Hot Springs. 

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Pool at Old Faithful area. (c)2016 J.S.Reinitz

Trip shot: Yellowstone marker

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I found this on the driven into steps to Yellowstone Lake just behind the visitors center at Fishing Bridge. At first I thought it was a USGS marker, but I haven’t been able to find it listed in the Survey’s databases. 

Any thoughts?

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Trip shot: Yellowstone arch

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 Here’s another shot from our cross-country voyage through the American northwest. This is the iconic Roosevelt Arch at the North Gate to Yellowstone National Park, which was undergoing an iconic sandblasting. It was built in 1903 at the park’s first entrance and contains a time capsule.

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Poaching investigation at Yellowstone

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Yellowstone Seeks Information on Thorofare Elk Poaching

Yellowstone National Park is asking for the public’s help in identifying who was responsible for illegally retrieving a bull elk carcass from inside the park last month.

Park rangers determined the bull was shot sometime between Sept. 11 and Sept. 21, inside the park’s southern boundary behind the Wyoming Fish and Game patrol cabin along Thorofare Creek.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Lake Ranger station at 307-344-2403, or call the Tip Line at 307-344-2132. In some cases a cash reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone illegally using firearms in the park or illegally killing or transporting wildlife in the park.

Hunters are reminded that hunting is not permitted within the park. Though most of the park boundary is well marked, it is the responsibility of the hunter to ensure he or she does not hunt within the park.

The Lacey Act and the Code of Federal Regulations strictly prohibit the killing or removal of any animal from inside Yellowstone. This includes animals shot legally outside the park that cross into and die within the park boundary. Taking and removing any animal parts, including shed antlers, is also prohibited.

Violators are investigated and aggressively prosecuted, and are subject to penalties including fines, restitution, and the forfeiture of vehicles, equipment and personal property associated with the violations.