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  • Feds, Wyo. split over Hageman's bill to delist grizzlies

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 30, 2023

    JACKSON – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service opposes Wyoming congresswoman Harriet Hageman’s legislative push to remove Endangered Species Act protections from Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears. But the Wyoming Game and Fish Department backs delisting “by whatever means is necessary.” Game and Fish Director Brian Nesvik told Hageman, a first-term Republican, and other members of the United States House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife and Fisheries as much Thursday morning. He described Yellowstone area grizzli...

  • Avalanche carried Wisconsin snowmobiler into creek where he died

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Mar 2, 2023

    JACKSON — The 24-year-old Wisconsin man who died Thursday southeast of Smoot was killed by an avalanche that broke loose above him and carried him into a creek below. “His sled landed on top of him, six to seven feet of debris piled in and he was facedown in the water,” said Frank Carus, director of the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center, who investigated the fatality. Carus said the tragedy demonstrates the danger of terrain traps — areas like gullies or streambeds where even a small amount of snow can bury a person. “You just always want to t...

  • UNESCO report goofs; there are no glaciers in Yellowstone

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole News&Guide Via Wyoming News Exchange|Nov 10, 2022

    JACKSON —There are no glaciers in Yellowstone National Park. That’s according to Yellowstone Superintendent Cam Sholly. Speaking with the Jackson Hole Daily on Friday morning about the summer season, he responded to a UNESCO report that said climate change would cause some glaciers in World Heritage Sites to disappear by 2050. Glaciers in Yellowstone were included in that list. That was an error, Sholly said. The superintendent said Yellowstone had told UNESCO as much. “There’s definitely places in the national park system in North America wher...

  • Yellowstone bison gore two visitors in three days

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jul 7, 2022

    JACKSON — Less than a week after Yellowstone National Park reopened following historic floods, bison gored two visitors in three days, bringing the total number of gorings this season to three. Park officials have said that Yellowstone typically sees a goring or two a year, though there are years, like 2015, when bison injure an unusually large number of visitors. In that year, five people got the horns. Park officials did not respond Thursday to a request for an interview on the recent pair of gorings, but on Wednesday a spokesman for the N...

  • Yellowstone: South loop opens Wednesday, north loop in the next two weeks

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Jun 23, 2022

    JACKSON — Barely a week after floods wiped out roads in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park, officials plan to reopen the park’s southern loop Wednesday with a license plate-based system to control the amount of visitors to the park’s southern half. National Park Service Director Charles “Chuck” Sams III also announced Sunday that officials will likely allow access to more than 80% of the park’s roads shortly afterward. “In the next two weeks, we will be opening the northern loop,” Sams told a crowd of reporters Sunday afternoo...

  • Grizzly managers worried about 399 and cubs

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Apr 14, 2022

    JACKSON — Hilary Cooley is worried about the season ahead for Grizzly 399 and her cubs, who have yet to emerge from hibernation. “The future’s not so bright for these guys,” she said during a meeting of state and federal wildlife and land managers Wednesday in Jackson. “They’ve been in a lot of trouble.” Cooley is the grizzly bear recovery coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who was called into Jackson Hole last fall to manage 399’s foray into the southern reaches of the valley. In a separate Wednesday evening press conferenc...

  • Jackson Republican fundraiser prompts protest

    Billy Arnold, Jackson Hole Daily Via Wyoming News Exchange|Aug 12, 2021

    JACKSON — At 73, Jorge Colon had never been to a protest. That changed Thursday, when he and a crowd of more than 20 other people gathered at the corner of Spring Gulch Road and Highway 22 to protest an evening fundraiser for some of the most conservative members of the U.S. House of Representatives. People waved signs that said, “Vote Liz,” “Trump is the Big Liar” and “Stop Funding Hate.” Most of the people who drove past and reacted — usually by honking a horn — gave passersby a thumbs-up. Some flipped protestors the bird. Colon said he rec...