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I don't have reporters, and so you won't find stories here that aren't elsewhere on the internet.  What you will find here is Yellowstone news that I have compiled from news gathering and activist sources.  What I want is for this page to be a resource for those looking for or needing to do research on current events in Yellowstone.  For further factual research, go to The Magic of Yellowstone Fact Guide or History Guide.

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3/17/03 Crosby, Stills, Nash rock for the buffalo! (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
3/13/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign as reported by Ralph Maughan)
3/13/03 National Parks threats yield political watch list: Group warns of growing dangers to national parks (by National Parks Conservation Association)
3/12/03 Final data on recent Yellowstone wolf collaring (by Ralph Maughan)
3/6/03 Yellowstone National Park slaughters 180 wild bison; endangers survival of entire Yellowstone herd (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--BFC now claims 224 buffalo have been sent to slaughter this week
3/6/03 Conservation groups call for a moratorium on Yellowstone bison slaughter: Park Service killed 170 bison this week (by National Parks Conservation Association, Defenders of Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States, National Resource Defense Council as reported by U.S. Newswire)--this is a start, but I hope they take a more proactive role in such an urgent matter
3/5/03 National Park Service slaughtering Yellowstone buffalo (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
3/5/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign as reported by Ralph Maughan)--The slaughter continues. It's the worst since 1997. Buffalo Field Campaign claims some bison are being captured inside of Yellowstone National Park.
3/5/03 Update on the Druids and other Northern Range wolves of Yellowstone (by Ralph Maughan)
3/4/03 Update from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--More than 60 more bison captured today :(.
3/3/03 Yellowstone National Park captures over 70 wild bison in ongoing operation: More than 90 bison will likely be sent to slaughter tomorrow (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--I am absolutely sick inside.
3/3/03 Conservationists challenge Grand Targhee land exchange: Forest Service trading valuable habitat to private developer (by Earthjustice)
3/17/03 Groups seek migration protection (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
3/16/03 Martz will push for wolf delisting (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/15/03 Park's size, diversity invites study (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/15/03 Metamucil adds disclaimer (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article
3/15/03 Martz pushes for state wolf management (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/14/03 Yellowstone's sled violations rise again (by Brodie Farquhar Casper Star-Tribune)
3/14/03 Park gets tough on riders (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/14/03 Bison killing spurs rally (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article
3/14/03 Wolf plan wins qualified praise (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/13/03 Conservationists urge Norton: Stop Yellowstone bison kill (by ENS)--5th article, but link takes you directly to it
3/13/03 Avalanche report (by Billings Gazette)
3/13/03 Grizzly and black bears emerging from hibernation (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/13/03 Bison meat first goes to tribes (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/13/03 Wolf management plan released (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/12/03 Food bank to receive some of Yellowstone bison meat (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--what a cynical public relations ploy
3/12/03 Yellowstone bears ending hibernation (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/11/03 Stuck skier rescued in Teton park (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/11/03 Spring bear emergence reminder (by National Park Service)
3/11/03 Jenny Lake Lodge named one of best (AP story in Billings Gazette)--4th article
3/11/03 Bison supporters raise funds for campaign (AP story in Billings Gazette)--6th article
3/11/03 Bridger-Teton areas off-limits for oil and gas (by Jeff Gearino Casper Star-Tribune)
3/10/03 Criticism of Yellowstone bison kill increasing (by ENS)--3rd article, but link takes you directly to it
3/10/03 Man dies in avalanche (by James Hagengruber Billings Gazette)
3/10/03 Snowplane owners hope to return to Jackson Lake (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/10/03 Buffalo Field Campaign in town for fundraiser (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/9/03 Snowmobilers riding high in Yellowstone: Riders see the end of a plan to ban them from the national parks as a win over elitism (by Julie Cart Los Angeles Times)--free registration required to view
3/9/03 Elk herd numbers top goal (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/8/03 231 bison sent to slaughter during week (by Billings Gazette)
3/8/03 More bison shipped to slaughter (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/7/03 Bison capture operations continue in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
3/7/03 More bison sent to slaughter: 6 shot in Columbus (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)--Apparently, the bison escaped, so they shot them.
3/7/03 Bison didn't gain much from CUT land deal (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/7/03 Skiers rally to protect Yellowstone (by Ken Miller Backcountry Magazine)
3/7/03 Snowmobile ban resurrected in Congress (by Brent Israelsen The Salt Lake Tribune)
3/7/03 Annual awards dinner to honor 25 heroes (by The Union Leader--Manchester, NH)--includes a man who rescued another from a grizzly attack last year
3/6/03 Bison capture operations continue in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
3/6/03 Hundreds of Yellowstone bison killed for roaming (by ENS)
3/6/03 New bills would ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone (by Reuters)
3/6/03 Park Service ships 86 Yellowstone bison to slaughter (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/6/03 More park bison sent to slaughter (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/6/03 Avalanche report (by Billings Gazette)
3/6/03 Budget leaves Forest Service unprepared for fires (by Ted Monoson Billings Gazette)
3/5/03 Bison capture operations continue in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
3/5/03 Bison trucked to slaughter (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
3/5/03 Bison slaughtered after trying to exit park (by Billings Gazette)
3/5/03 Easterners to sponsor parks snowmobile ban (by Ted Monoson Independent Record--Helena)
3/5/03 Freudenthal signs measures for management of wolves (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/5/03 Bus for park workers rerouted (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/5/03 Homing in on elusive standards for beacons: Tests reveal inconsistent performance of avalanche tranceivers, but not durability (by Bill Curran Jackson Hole News & Guide)
3/4/03 More than 100 park bison to be sent to slaughter (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/4/03 Slaughter of wandering bison expected (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/4/03 Timber sale postponed for animal concerns (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
3/3/03 Bison capture operations continue in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
3/3/03 Bison capture operation in Yellowstone National Park (by National Park Service)
3/3/03 Environmentalists say Bush waging 'assault' on public lands (by Marc Morano
3/2/03 Scenery not only greenery in national parks: Rangers weed out pot, other drugs (AP story in Ventura County Star--CA)--This article was similar to one last month
3/1/03 Happy 131st Birthday, Yellowstone National Park!
3/1/03 Park rangers haze 223 bison into Yellowstone from Gardiner (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/1/03 Return to bison hunting gets nod from Senate (AP story in Billings Gazette)
3/1/03 Park to issue firewood permits (AP story in Billings Gazette)--3rd article
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3/16/03 Why do ranchers have so much pull over bison issue? (by Debi Zimmerman in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/15/03 Bush Administration right on fire policy (by Rocky Barker in Billings Gazette)
3/14/03 The fire this time (by Dan Whipple, UPI)
3/13/03 Snowmobiles run over public opinion (two letters to the editor in Los Angeles Times)--free registration required to view
3/13/03 Give Indians buffalo before slaughtering them (by Ray Foulkes in Billings Gazette)--5th opinion
3/12/03 Church could help with bison problem (by George Nell in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/12/03 Park snowmobile policy should be challenged, reversed (by Veronica Egan in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
3/10/03 Treasures at risk: Ban snowmobiles at two national parks (by The San Diego Union-Tribune)
3/9/03 Military tax breaks collapse (by Peter Urban Connecticut Post)--column talks about legislation introduced to ban snowmobiles
3/7/03 Dressing up a bison hunt (by Jeff Gibson Montana Standard)
3/6/03 National Parks Conservation Association statement on Yellowstone Protection Act (by Tom Kiernan, National Parks Conservation Association, as reported by U.S. Newswire)
3/6/03 Bison hunt bill bad for Montana (by Joshua Osher in Billings Gazette)--3rd opinion
3/5/03 Current slaughter effort threatens survival of entire Yellowstone bison herd (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
3/5/03 Funding for U.S. National Parks falls short under Bush's watch (by Daily Iowan)--I believe free registration required to view
3/3/03 Yellowstone fog: Snowmobiles get to rule the routes, and ruin the air (by Detroit Free Press)
3/3/03 Snowmobile blues (by Todd Wilkinson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--briefly mentions snowmobile issue among other things

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