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Reporter Provides Some Comic Relief

Thanks to a herd of bison in Yellowstone

(Newser) - A reporter for NBC Montana has given the internet its favorite new meme, with some help from a herd of bison at Yellowstone National Park. Deion Broxton was at the park shooting a story about the coronavirus shutdown when he spotted the bison getting a little too close for his... More »

FBI Shares Last Photo of Lori Vallow's Daughter

Agency is asking for photos that may show the family in Yellowstone on Sept. 8

(Newser) - Steam rises from Yellowstone's hydrothermal features as 17-year-old Tylee Ryan hugs her 7-year-old brother, Joshua "JJ" Vallow. The photo taken Sept. 8, 2019, the last day Tylee was seen , was released Thursday by the FBI along with another photo showing JJ at the park with mom Lori Vallow.... More »

Yellowstone's Bison Slaughter Effort Begins

Officials want to reduce the population by as many as 900 animals

(Newser) - Yellowstone National Park has started capturing bison migrating outside the park and will hold them in pens for possible slaughter as part of a population reduction program, officials said Monday. The annual operation began Sunday and by mid-day Monday six bison had been captured as they entered the Gardiner Basin... More »

There's a Fresh Geyser Mystery in Yellowstone

It's unclear why the Steamboat Geyser had a record year

(Newser) - It's the tallest active geyser on the planet—with an emphasis on "active." NPR takes a look at Yellowstone's Steamboat Geyser and the unusual and perplexing year it has had. From 2015 to 2017, it didn't erupt at all. There was another largely quiet period... More »

Men Charged After Walking Up to OId Faithful

Tourists could have been scalded by boiling water

(Newser) - Two men who walked past the "no trespassing" signs at Yellowstone National Park last week for a close-up view of Old Faithful now have an appointment in federal court. The geyser erupts every hour or so, so the men were at risk for burns from the 200-degree water. Another... More »

A Yellowstone Risk Nobody Likes to Think About

If the supervolcano blows, it could be lights out for everyone, warns op-ed

(Newser) - Plenty of op-eds in the New York Times these days worry about a political apocalypse. A new one warns about the old-fashioned variety. More specifically, author Bryan Walsh is reminding everyone that Yellowstone National Park has a supervolcano, one that last blew 640,000 years ago. If it goes off... More »

Yellowstone Bison Tosses Girl, 9, in the Air

Witnesses say group was far too close to the animal

(Newser) - A 9-year-old girl apparently escaped without serious injury after she was charged and tossed in the air by a bison at Yellowstone National Park on Monday. The National Park Service says the girl was part of a group of 50 to 60 people who got far too close to the... More »

Noisy Yellowstone Geyser Roars Back to Life

Yellowstone's Ledge Geyser had been silent since 2016

(Newser) - A noisy geyser in Yellowstone National Park has roared back to life after three years of quiet. Ledge Geyser is one of the biggest in Yellowstone's Norris Geyser Basin. The Billings Gazette reports the geyser shoots hot water at an angle up to 125 feet high and a distance... More »

Famous Yellowstone Wolf Killed Same Way as Mother

'Spitfire' was killed by hunter just outside park

(Newser) - Yellowstone wolf-watchers are mourning Lamar Canyon Wolf Pack member 926F—a she-wolf better known as "Spitfire." The 7-year-old wolf was legally killed by a trophy hunter in Montana just outside the park's boundary, the New York Times reports. Spitfire's mother, known as the "most famous... More »

Geyser Erupts, Out Pours Trash Dating Back to 1930s

Yellowstone's Ear Spring had a lot of coins in it, plus other stuff

(Newser) - When Ear Spring erupted at Yellowstone National Park Sept. 15, it was already notable—it was, as Live Science puts it, the geyser's "most violent display since 1957." But even more notable was what came out with the water that spewed up to 30 feet in the... More »

Zinke Signs Mining Ban Near Yellowstone

'There are places to mine and places not to mine'

(Newser) - Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area drawing tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled. As Zinke signed the mineral ban at... More »

A Hungry Croc, a Hot Spring: 2 Misguided Tourists Live

But at least one is under investigation

(Newser) - Both men have lived to tell the tale, but two separate incidents involving tourists defying common sense in different parts of the world are making the rounds:
  • Yellowstone: The geysers at Yellowstone National Park are off-limits for the simple reason that the water in them can boil you alive . And
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Judge's Ruling Halts Grizzly Bear Hunts

He restores protection for Yellowstone-area bears

(Newser) - Score one for the bears: A judge has restored protection for a group of around 700 grizzly bears living around Yellowstone National Park, meaning Wyoming and Idaho will have to call off the first bear hunts planned in the lower 48 states in nearly 30 years. Judge Dana Christensen, siding... More »

Dumb Old Faithful Stunt Gets Visitor Arrested

Man walks right up to it, which is against the rules, and appears to urinate in it

(Newser) - Taunting a bison is not only unwise, it will land you in legal trouble at Yellowstone . The same applies to tempting fate near Old Faithful. An unidentified man has been charged with multiple offenses, including going off-trail in a thermal area, after he appeared to urinate in the famous hot-spring... More »

Penalty for Taunting Bison: 130 Days in Jail

Raymond Reinke sentenced after his Yellowstone bison harassment was filmed

(Newser) - An Oregon man who said he and his buddy were on a "last hurrah" tour through national parks before he entered alcohol treatment was sentenced Thursday to 130 days in jail for his drunken behavior—including harassing a bison that had stopped traffic in Yellowstone National Park, per the... More »

Family Hike Turns Terrifying in Yellowstone

Bear spray saves 10-year-old boy attacked by a bear

(Newser) - Yellowstone National Park usually sees about one bear attack a year, though until this week there hadn't been one since 2015. That changed Thursday, after a 10-year-old was charged at by one, though thanks to his parents' quick thinking and a canister of bear spray, it appears he'll... More »

Bison Taunter Arrested After Hotel Disturbance

Raymond Reinke, 55, was apparently on a 'park crime spree'

(Newser) - Turns out Raymond Reinke wasn't just taunting bison this week . The 55-year-old Oregon man, who drew attention for provoking a bison at Yellowstone National Park, is under arrest after what USA Today calls a "national park crime spree." Seems it began July 28, when Reinke was arrested... More »

Why This Yellowstone Peak's Name Is Offending Some

Native Americans want Mount Doane to be renamed

(Newser) - Lt. Gustavus Doane saw it as a feather in his cap for decades to come, the Guardian reports: the January 1870 attack he led on the Blackfeet people that ended with the massacre of 173 of them, whom the AP describes as having been "noncombatant." Indeed, the Billings ... More »

She Got Within 30 Feet of a Bison, Foolishly

It's the third animal attack in Yellowstone in June

(Newser) - Nature is wonderful—from a safe distance. That's perhaps the lesson for a 59-year-old California woman who was gored by a bison in Yellowstone on Wednesday. Per a press release from the National Park Service, Kim Hancock of Santa Rosa was on a boardwalk with a group of people... More »

Yellowstone Visitor Hospitalized After Elk Attack

It was park's 2nd attack in 3 days

(Newser) - For the second time in three days, an elk has attacked someone in Yellowstone National Park. The National Park Service says a female elk with a calf attacked 53-year-old park visitor Penny Allyson Behr behind the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel on Tuesday, the AP reports. Yellowstone officials say the elk... More »

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