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3/28/02 Buffalo Stampede in D.C. to protest Yellowstone slaughter (by Fund for Animals)
3/28/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign as reported by Ralph Maughan)
3/28/02 Government kills 4 wolves in Paradise Valley bison (by Ralph Maughan)
3/27/02 Eight bison captured, four test negative (by Montana Department of Livestock)--Two that tested positive were the pregnant females.
3/27/02 Buffalo Field Campaign says that
seven more buffalo have been captured at the Horse Butte facility including two pregnant females.  More details to come.
3/26/02 Remember Stampede for the Buffalo in Washington, DC, on April 4--My wife spent the Oscars and half of last night cutting out bison costumes.  We're excited!
3/26/02 A good plan broken (by Marv Hoyt Greater Yellowstone Coalition as reported by Ralph Maughan)
3/25/02 Yellowstone wolf update: Druid 103's group attacks Tower Pair. Mollies Pack lives off bison (by Ralph Maughan)
3/25/02 Yellowstone named to list of Endangered Parks: Snowmobile damage, inadequate funding plague nation’s first national park (by National Parks Conservation Association)
3/25/02 New list of America's Ten Most Endangered National Parks highlights widespread problems: Air Pollution, insufficient funding, and inappropriate development threaten parks (by National Parks Conservation Association)
3/25/02 Yellowstone SEIS: Your comments Supporting alternative #2 can make the difference! (by BlueRibbon Coalition)
3/22/02 Help restore the winter experience in Yellowstone: Please encourage the National Park Service to stick with its decision to phase out snowmobiles in our first national park (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
3/22/02 Brucellosis action urged by Western state vets (by Montana Department of Livestock)
3/21/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
3/18/02 Letters react to WY legislature plan to charge federal government for elk eaten by wolves (letters as reported by Ralph Maughan)
3/15/02Stampede for the Buffalo in Washington, D.C. April 4 (Buffalo Field Campaign Press Release)--I live in Washington, DC and will be at this event.  I will file a report about it.  Contact me if interested in more specific information
3/14/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
Bull bison captured at Horse Butte, marchers arrested (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
3/13/02 Bison numbers exceed park target population (by Montana Department of Livestock)--This means the DOL does not even need to test for brucellosis to remove the bison from the herd, a fact a lot of people do not realize
3/11/02 Sarcoptic mange strikes the Absaroka Pack (by Ralph Maughan)
3/9/02 GRAY WOLF RECOVERY WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT: Status of Gray Wolf Recover, Weeks of 3/01 - 3/09, 2002 (by Ralph Maughan)
3/7/02 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
3/6/02 Another Buffalo Field Campaign activist arrested (by Montana Department of Livestock)
3/1/02 Wyoming grizzly bear management plan (by Wyoming Game and Fish Department)
3/1/02 GRAY WOLF RECOVERY WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT: Status of Gray Wolf Recover, Weeks of 2/22 - 3/01, 2002 (by Ralph Maughan)
3/30/02 Year delay in snowmobile rules proposed (by Karin Ronnow Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/30/02 Snowmobilers get park-use reprieve (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/30/02 DEQ to consider special status for Gallatin River (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/30/02 Girl dies in snowmobile accident (AP story in Billings Gazette)--4th article
3/29/02 Interim rule proposed to postpone existing snowmobile regulations for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (by National Park Service)
3/29/02 Report: Wolf recovery doing well (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/29/02 GRAY WOLF RECOVERY WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT: Status of Gray Wolf Recover, Weeks of 3/22 - 3/29, 2002 (by U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
3/29/02 Riders ticketed for illegal snowmobiling (AP story in Montana Forum)--1st article
3/29/02 CSU wins 3rd clean snowmobile contest (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/28/02 Yellowstone reminds public of National Park regulations (by National Park Service)
3/28/02 Buffalo soldiers: When bison risk their lives by going AWOL from Yellowstone National Park, a motley band of eco-warriors come to their defense (by Arthur Allen
3/28/02 Elk may add to aspen decline (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
3/28/02 Make-A-Wish snowmobile trip was Hudson youth's dream, didn't prove medically hard (by Hudson Star Observer --WI)
3/28/02 Study says wildlife don't hurt YNP (by Buzzy Hassrick Cody Enterprise)
3/27/02 Elk not ruining the park, scientists say (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)--This is big.  The National Academies of Science report is extremely influential in shaping the form of the debate. Read the whole report here.  Interestingly, the report concludes that while elk may be responsible for the decline of aspen, that may be due indirectly to the removal of wolves from Yellowstone long ago.
3/27/02 Yellowstone to leave elk herds alone (AP story in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)--picked up numerous times nationally
3/27/02 Aren't they grand! Exploring the Tetons (by James Dannenburg in The Christian Science Monitor)
3/27/02 Grand Teton park opens part of Teton Road (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
3/27/02 FWS kills 4 wolves near Chico (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/27/02 Bear-food rules implementation postponed (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/27/02 New study looks at wildfires' effects on people (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/27/02 Snowfall improves Shoshone basin snowpack (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
3/26/02 National Reseach Council releases report on Yellowstone's northern range (by National Park Service)--See comments 3/27 Mike Stark piece above
3/26/02 Alpha wolf diagnosed with mange (by Billings Gazette)
3/26/02 Yellowstone ranked No. 3 family destination (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)--You can read the Family Fun feature here
3/26/02 Buffalo Bill Center raises adult price by $5 (AP story in Billings Gazette)--Mentions the new Draper Museum added devoted to the Greater Yellowstone region
3/26/02 Activists: Neglect imperils U.S. parks (by Michael Kilian Chicago Tribune)
3/25/02 Vegetation restoration project to take place in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
3/25/02 Under siege from snowmobiles: Yellowstone National Park under attack by pollution (by Bill Redeker ABC)
3/25/02 'Crown jewels' of U.S. parks endangered: Yellowstone, Glacier Bay, Mojave on the list (by CNN)
3/25/02 Yellowstone, Glacier on "threatened parks" lists (AP story in Billings Gazette)--This story has been picked up numerous times nationally
3/25/02 Nation's top national parks in danger: NPCA study (Reuters story at ABC)
3/25/02 Students converge for snowmobile challenge (AP story in Billings Gazette)--3rd article
3/25/02 Whitman's tough path at the EPA (by Francine Kiefer The Christian Science Monitor)--EPA head Christine Todd Whitman sidesteps the Yellowstone snowmobile issue
3/25/02 Lands director: Time running out for swap (AP story in Billings Gazette)--7th article
3/24/02 Snowmobiler killed in avalanche near West Yellowstone (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/24/02 State considers logging project near Green Knoll fire area (AP story in Billings Gazette)--8th article
3/23/02 Amid uproar over snowmobiles, seeking a quieter engine (by William Booth Washington Post)--last article
3/23/02 Wolf attacks, kills ranch dog in Cameron (by Kayley Mendenhall Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/22/02 GRAY WOLF RECOVERY WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORT: Status of Gray Wolf Recover, Weeks of 3/08 - 3/22, 2002 (by U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
3/22/02 Interior releases first annual ‘Top 12 Projects to Restore America’s Parks’  (by Department of Interior)
3/21/02 Elusive quarry: Inmans aren’t having much luck finding wolverines (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/21/02 Lander snowmobilers ticketed for recklessness (AP story in Billings Gazette)--3rd article
3/20/02 Bear issues get good reception in Cody (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/20/02 Hunters fined for accidental moose killing (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/19/02 Public offers views on management of wolves (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/18/02 Taylor: Locals should have more input on Endangered Species Act changes (AP story in Montana Forum)--Taylor is hoping to unseat Sen. Max Baucus, D-MT, in November
3/18/02 Bears face another tough year (AP story in Billings Gazette)--6th article
3/18/02 Deer with cowbells seen near Jackson (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article
3/18/02 Pneumonia claims 17 sheep (AP story in Billings Gazette)--9th article
3/17/02 A Yellowstone dilemma - Part I of a year in Yellowstone (by Chris Hunt Idaho State Journal)
3/16/02 Society launches fund drive to study wolves (by Billings Gazette)
3/16/02 Park Service: More snowmobilers are trespassing in Yellowstone (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/16/02 Snowmobile accident kills student (by Billings Gazette)
3/15/02 State of Montana and Yellowstone National Park moving forward with interagency bison plans (by National Park Service)
3/15/02 Hunting for antlers a hobby to some, a crime for others (AP story in
3/15/02 Snowmobilers cross the line in Yellowstone (by Deborah Schoch Los Angeles Times in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/13/02 Wyoming holds up wolf delisting process (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/13/02 Many reasons for decline in park elk herd (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/12/02 Elk numbers plummet (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/12/02 Biologists find low cow-calf ratio in Yellowstone elk (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/12/02 U.S. may relax Northwest fish protections: Developers group filed suit over restrictions (by Tom Kenworthy USA Today)--Mentions Bush policy on settling the lawsuit on snowmobiles as part of National trend by the Administration of settling industry-led lawsuits with few or no concessions
3/12/02 Jackson Hole fire officials brace for another tough summer (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
3/11/02 Jackson bison herd above goal population (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/11/02 Conservationists oppose wintertime elk feeding (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/11/02 Biologists studying wolf-elk interaction (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/11/02 Golf course approved for Snake River Canyon (AP story in Billings Gazette)--5th article
3/10/02 The wolf returns to Yellowstone (by Bob Downing Knight Ridder Newspaper in Amarillo Globe-News)
3/10/02 Study links bison population to trails: Snowmobile paths affect migration, scientist says (AP story in The Baltimore Sun)--This is interesting because there have been conflicting headlines recently on this issue even though each is essentially the same story.  See 3/2 article by Becky Bohrer and AP.
3/10/02 Bison protesters plead innocent in state, federal courts(AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/10/02 Proposal to prospect for gold on Yellowstone River islands resurfaces (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/10/02 Game warden worries about elk herd (AP story in Billings Gazette)--4th article
3/9/02 New Yellowstone chief hopes for meeting of minds (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/9/02 Buffalo protester pleads not guilty to three charges
(by Joan Haines Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/9/02 Wildlife officials seek input on wolf plan (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/9/02 Skier lucky to survive avalanche (AP story in Billings Gazette)--5th article
3/8/02 Snowmobilers who want access to Yellowstone find ally in Bush (by New York Times News Service in
3/7/02 Bison protester faces federal charges
(by Erin Everett Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/7/02 Bison protester arrested; federal charges pending (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/7/02 Management plans approved for grizzlies, wolves (AP story in, Idaho)
3/7/02 Waiting for wolves: Four men with contrasting missions forge similar lives watching wildlife in the wilderness (by Whitney Royster in Jackson Hole News)
3/6/02 Yellowstone offers wolf field trip for students (by National Park Service)
3/6/02 Wyoming legislative committee wants federal money for elk (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
3/6/02 Bison protesters in court (by Carolyn McLuskey Independent Record, Helena, MT)
3/6/02 'Protect taxpayers' access to public lands,' say lawmakers (by Susan Jones
3/6/02 Four arrested in bison protest (by Carolyn McLuskey Independent Record, Helena MT)
3/5/02 Grand Teton snowmobile routes to close Sunday (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
3/4/02 Record number of trumpeter swans counted in Yellowstone (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/4/02 Bison plan opponents arrested after protest (AP story in Billings Gazette)--They chained themselves in front of the office of Executive Secretary of the Board of Livestock Marc Bridges
3/4/02 Spring bear emergence reminder (by National Park Service)
3/4/02 Jackson guides offer more wolf tours (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article
3/4/02 Bush wants localities to guide federal-land use (by Elizabeth Shorgren Los Angeles Times in The Seattle Times)
3/3/02 Tetons simply grand (by Bob Downing Akron Beacon Journal)
3/3/02 Family loses contract after 50 years (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article
3/3/02 Copter saves snowboarders (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/2/02 Yellowstone closes roads for plowing
(by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/2/02 Wolf worries: Big canids in Yellowstone getting bolder around people (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/2/02 Groomed trails' effects on bison not proven (by Becky Bohrer and AP in  Billings Gazette)
3/2/02 Wolves do attack humans, but it's rare, European scientists say (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/2/02 Summer getaways: Vacation hot spots filling up fast
(by Kelton Hatch Idaho State Journal)
3/1/02 First national park turns 130  (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)--
Happy Birthday Yellowstone
3/1/02 Officials praise new brucellosis test (by Becky Bohrer Billings Gazette)
3/1/02 Yellowstone's air focus of debate (by UPI)
  (comment in discussion forum)
3/31/02 Friends don't speak for majority of Montanans (by Steve Caldwell in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/30/02 Elk payments could work two ways (by Norman A. Bishop Greater Yellowstone Coalition in Billings Gazette)--3rd letter
3/29/02 Nausea ad nauseam in Yellowstone (by Idaho Mountain Express)
3/28/02 Is snowmobile compromise possible? (by Idaho State Journal)
3/27/02 Property rights threatened (by Kerry White BlueRibbon Coalition in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/26/02 Dinner demonstrates anti-wolf solidarity (by Robert T. Fanning Jr. chairman and founder Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/26/02 ATVs not part of woodland experience (by Ed Scheterlak in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/25/02 Balyeat ought to ignore critics, focus on solving problems (by Tim Dalbey in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/25/02 Legislators’ research methods should be examined closely (by H.K. Nelson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/24/02 Save Yellowstone elk, wolf control now (by Bill Hoppe, President Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd in Billings Gazette)--5th letter
3/24/02 Too many wolves in Yellowstone (by Math J. Dasinger in Billings Gazette)--4th letter
3/24/02 Need plan to cope with motorized users in forests (by Dean Littlepage in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/22/02 Snowmobiler disappointed with coalition director's comments (by Michael Wagner in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/21/02 FWP data helps with point-by-point rebuttal (by MT State Rep. Joe Balyeat in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/21/02 To Wyoming: "Get with the plan" (by Idaho Statesman)
3/20/02 Snowcoaches provide quiet alternative for Yellowstone (by Jeanne Hum in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/20/02 Better management will solve Yellowstone ills (by Kenneth Kvatsak in Rocky Mountain News)--8th letter
3/19/02 Park visitors not using common sense around wolves (by Nancy Weiss Defenders of Wildlife in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/19/02 Gardiner late hunt may be doing its intended job (by John Rhoades in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/19/02 De-list wolves before it’s too late to save Last Best Place (by Judy Cain in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/17/02 Vast majority enjoy non-motorized forest trails (by Jenny McCune in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/16/02 Doubtful claim on environmentalism (by Clare Witcomb in Billings Gazette)--1st letter
3/16/02 Mail call sends the fur a-flyin' (by John Potter Billings Gazette)
3/14/02 Statistically speaking, elk probability meaningless (by Martin A. Hamilton in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/10/02 No scientific support for brucellosis fears (by Leland E. Stanley in Billings Gazette)--9th letter
3/10/02 Wyoming might deserve a bill for wildlife losses, too (by Norm Bishop International Wolf Center field representative for the greater Yellowstone region in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/10/02 Coalition represents a small minority of trail users (by David Steinmuller in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/8/02 The war against eco-terrorism: The grass roots campaign to fight the deadly policies of the Bush administration (by Molly Ivins Creators Syndicate in workingforchange)
3/8/02 Critics disputed (by MT State Rep. Joe Balyeat in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/8/02 Choking on the air in Yellowstone National Park (by Pensacola News Journal)
3/7/02 Polluting Yellowstone (by New York Times)
3/7/02 Snowmobiles perpetuate park bureaucracy (by David A. Smith in Billings Gazette)--2nd letter
3/7/02 Give fauna respirators (by R. Kiefer in letter
3/7/02 Costly flood that will burden the public just a matter of time (by Scott Gillilan in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/6/02 Small business hearing turned deaf ear to small business (by Zoe Johnston in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/6/02 Native Montana monicker getting old (by Tom Stonecipher in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/5/02 Taxpayers pay dearly for a few cattle
(by Bill LeBon in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--Also appeared 3/15/02 in Billings Gazette
3/5/02 Coalition represents interests of all forest users
(by Bob Stevenson Big Sky Country Trail Preservers in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/4/02 Writer misinterprets wolf research (by Prof. Robert A. Garrott Ecology Department, Fish and Wildlife Management Montana State University in Billings Gazette)--1st letter
3/3/02 Park’s decision was predetermined
(by Michal Wagner in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/2/02 Ban snowmobiles: Noise, smog have no place in Yellowstone (by Columbus Dispatch)
3/2/02 Wolf science best left to actual scientists (by John Potter Billings Gazette)
3/2/02 National parks no place for noxious snowmobiles (by Chris Reed in letter
3/1/02 Yellowstone smog (by Ralph O'Connor in The Witchita Eagle)--2nd letter
3/1/02 ’Bilers not paying heed to avalanche information
(by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/1/02 Some eco-groups do not share the values of most Montanans(by Gov. Judy Martz, MT in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--This is a broad op-ed more specifically about the Bitterroot region than Yellowstone, but the same guiding ideology guides her Yellowstone-related policies as well

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