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5/30/02 Updates from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
5/30/02 Federal judge halts cattle grazing on public lands to protect buffalo from slaughter (by Greater Yellowstone Coalition)
5/30/02 Scientists reject moves to remove wolf protections: 48 noted scientists urge Norton to scrap her department's plans to downlist the gray wolf (by Ralph Maughan)
5/25/02 More on the death of wolf no. 7 (by Ralph Maughan)
5/23/02 Updates from the field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
5/22/02 Montana indiscriminately slaughters 29 more Yellowstone bison (by Buffalo Field Campaign)
5/22/02 Bison won't stay in Park (by Montana Department of Livestock)--Maybe someone should teach the bison how to read a map! Even though a recent ruling temporarily prohibited the Idaho cattle from the National Forest, Montana continues to slaughter and haze Yellowstone buffalo.
5/21/02 More Greater Yellowstone 2002 pup information: Famous Wolf 7F dead of wolf attack (by Ralph Maughan)
5/16/02 Update from the Field (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--Most bison are back in the Park after extensive hazing operations by DOL
5/10/02 Update on Wyoming wolves outside Yellowstone Park: Wolf/elk controversy in the Gros Ventre during the winter (by Ralph Maughan)
5/9/02 Yellowstone bison wander into a shooting gallery (by Buffalo Field Campaign)--Another arrest. Slaughter has stopped for now; DOL still hazing bison.
5/9/02 154 bison moved back into Park (by Montana Department of Livestock)
5/9/02 Yellowstone bison wander into a shooting gallery (by Humane Society of the United States)--It is significant to see that HSUS has become outspoken on this issue because they are perceived as more conservative and mainstream.
5/8/02 Animal protection organizations call for a halt to the indiscriminate slaughter of migrating Yellowstone bison (by Humane Society of the United States and Buffalo Field Campaign) 
5/8/02 Public lands at risk from under funding: Members of Congress, conservation groups call for funding to protect wildlife, wild places (by National Parks Conservation Association) 
5/3/02 85 bison successfully moved back into YNP
(by Montana Department of Livestock) 
5/3/02 Update from the field
(by Buffalo Field Campaign as reported by Ralph Maughan)--More specifics on the mass slaughter and the arrest of protesters
5/1/02 Earthquake warning issued for Jackson Hole
(by Ralph Maughan) 
5/1/02 Montana bison emergency
(by Humane Society of the United States)--I want to give a special thanks to Dr. Bette Stallman at HSUS for helping to get this emergency out.  By the way, she is quoted in the wolf story just below this. 
5/1/02 Conservation groups demand strong wolf protection: Wolf Recovery Foundation, 19 other groups, call on Secretary Norton not to weaken protection for wolf recovery(as reported by Ralph Maughan) 
5/31/02 Grazing of cattle by park halted (AP story in Billings Gazette)--This caps an extraordinary turn of events for the Yellowstone buffalo.  This story was reported in a few sources nationally.
5/31/02 Park postal worker has close encounter (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/31/02 Water squirt sends grizzly bear fleeing (by Billings Gazette)
5/31/02 Last of four bison-protestors pleads guilty (by Carolyn McLuskey Helena Independent Register)
5/31/02 Status of gray wolf recovery, week of 5/18 - 5/31, 20002  (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
5/31/02 Scientists protest plan to give wolf protection to states (AP story in Billings Gazette)--5th article
5/31/02 Info sought on dead wolf (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/31/02 Seeing Wyoming by bicycle: Early Wyoming pedalers (by Phil Roberts Buffalo Bones in Uinta County Herald--WY)
5/31/02 Residents testify on no-wake zones (AP story in Billings Gazette)--7th article
5/30/02 Hebgen Lake no-wake plan creates waves (by Nick Gevock Bozeman Daily Chronicle
5/30/02 Methane drilling proposal sparks Park County rezoning (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/29/02 Cody judge cuts sentence for poacher (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/28/02 Snowmobiles can stress wildlife
(by Cosmiverse)
5/28/02 Cody museum a living experience
(by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
5/28/02 Rescuers prepare for river season 
(by Matt Hansen Jackson Hole Guide in Billings Gazette)
5/27/02 Wolf at the door: Now that the West's top predator has reached civilization's back porch, managers face some agonizing decisions (by Ray Ring High Country News)
5/27/02 Changes on horizon for wolf-kill repayment program (by Karen Mockler Idaho Falls Post Register)
5/27/02 Clint Eastwood to attend Cody museum opening (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/26/02 Lack of dam warning system worries officials (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/25/02 Too many factors in play for easy park fire prediction(by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
5/25/02 Pack kills prolific wolf No. 7
(by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
5/24/02 Some wide-open spaces go unnoticed: Top-billed areas are crowded, while similar spots sit empty (AP story in MSNBC)
5/24/02 Park officials, business interests, enviros debate potential pay offs of 'bioprospecting'(by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)--This excellent story raises some fascinating questions
5/24/02 Beartooth Pass snow gives way (by Lorna Thackeray Billings Gazette)
5/24/02 Creators of new movie 'Spirit' gallop past Mister Ed: If the horses can't talk, then how do you tell the story? Through a lush mix of music, voice-over narration, and fantastic animation (by Gloria Goodale The Christian Science Monitor)--Part of this animated movie uses scenery from the Tetons and Yellowstone
5/23/02 State sends 29 bison to slaughter without testing (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--The slaughter is even more senseless than ever, but they keep doing it. That makes an even 200 killed for the season.
5/23/02 State kills 29 park buffalo (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/23/02 Microbiology conference highlights (by The Salt Lake Tribune)
5/23/02 Park fire official leader in male-dominated field (by Deanna Darr Billings Gazette)--a poorly worded headline; it is about a "fire official" rather than the firing of an official
5/23/02 Candidate proposes Cody-Dubois road (AP story in Billings Gazette)--4th article
5/23/02 Snows close Yellowstone entrances, Craig Pass (by Cody Enterprise)
5/22/02 Snowstorm closes Yellowstone entrances (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
5/22/02 The Sierra Club and the Native Forest Network announce the release of "Motorizing Yellowstone: An Investigative Report on Motorized Vehicle Use within the Gallatin National Forest" (by Lone Pass Lookout--MT)
5/22/02 Free science adventures from the Big Sky Institute (by Lone Pass Lookout--MT)
5/22/02 Suspicious letter to Teton deemed not hazardous (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
5/22/02 New museum a living experience (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
5/22/02 BLM says off-roaders causing damage near Jackson (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/22/02 Fishing shows filmed near Livingston (by Ron Tschida Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/21/02 Elk antler auction nets $80,000 (AP story in Billings Gazette)--3rd article
5/21/02 Putting a shirt on the world's back (by Tom Lutey Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/20/02 Yellowstone Park hikes expanded (by Billings Gazette)--1st article
5/20/02 Gallatin National Forest looks at travel users (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/20/02 Snake River expected to stay steady (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
5/19/02 3 states seek to eliminate federal protection of grizzly: Idaho, Montana and Wyoming want bear off endangered-species list; critics question motives(by Deborah Schoch Los Angeles Times in The Indianapolis Star)
5/19/02 Some fear delisting could hurt grizzlies (AP story in Billings Gazette)--8th article
5/18/02 Park superintendents to be in town (AP story in Billings Gazette)--4th article
5/18/02 Wyoming tracking elusive West Nile virus (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
5/17/02 Status of gray wolf recovery, week of 5/04 - 5/17, 20002  (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
5/17/02 Captured grizzly bear may be on way to West Yellowstone (by Jim Mann Daily Inter Lake--Kalispell, MT)
5/17/02 Wisconsin man pleads guilty in beating of elderly woman (by Phillip Piña Pioneer Press--St. Paul, MN)
5/17/02 State, feds: Wolf-elk data not suppressed (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/17/02 New BBHC director leads PR campaign (by Buzzy Hassrick Cody Enterprise)
5/17/02 Wyomng bans entry to out-of-state fish (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
5/16/02 Geyser's eruption time a mystery (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)--People claim to have witnessed recent Steamboat Geyser eruption
5/15/02 Shoshone timber sale canceled (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
5/14/02 FEDERAL RULING NIXES GRAZING LEASE IN BISON COUNTRY (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--This is fantastic news! This does not mean that Montana is forced to stop killing and hazing bison, but it does take away one of their so-called principal reasons for doing so. What will Montana's next move be?
5/14/02 Magistrate opposes park-area grazing (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/14/02 Showboating bear gets a rude escort out of town (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/14/02 It's great being grizz! (AP photo and caption in
5/14/02 Grand Teton plans controlled burn (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article
5/14/02 Wolves called land piranhas (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/14/02 Marmot linguist studies alarm calls (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/13/02 Cattle don't have brucellosis (by Denise Heilbrun Torrington Telegram--WY)
5/13/02 Judge rules that cattle grazing on public lands prompting buffalo slaughter should be halted (U.S. Newswire)
5/13/02 Winter deer losses near normal (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/13/02 Golf course on hold (AP story in Billings Gazette)--6th article
5/12/02 It's Geyserland: Expect sensory overload at Yellowstone National Park: Sights are awesome. But wait'll you get whiff of sulfur and hear Mother Nature belching (by Bob Downing The Akron Beacon Journal in Duluth News Tribune)
5/12/02 Waterfalls, lake draw visitors to Grand Canyon: Forest areas rebounding from devastating fires; new vistas (by Bob Downing The Akron Beacon Journal in Duluth News Tribune)
5/12/02 Bears about: Yellowstone officials warn visitors to be careful (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/12/02 Groups file suit to block swan hunt (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/12/02 On the road with Mom: Mom takes charge (by Kim Foreman in The Seattle Times)
5/11/02 Yellowstone grizzly may lose federal protection: Three states are preparing management plans, but environmentalists balk (by Deborah Schoch Los Angeles times)
5/11/02 Marina may remain closed (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article
5/11/02 Rancher kills wolf eating calf (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/11/02 Studies find snowmobiles quieter (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/11/02 High court will hear land swap challenge (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/10/02 Imprint eyed to track snowmobile scofflaws (by Bill McAllister Denver Post)
5/10/02 Rejection of road is upheld (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/9/02 Grizzly bear road show: No. 264 becoming Yellowstone attraction (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/9/02 Park's courthouse deemed inadequate (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)
5/9/02 Indian dance slated in park (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/9/02 3 bison plan protesters plead guilty (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/9/02 Who in the world was Hiram Chittenden? (by Ron C. Judd The Seattle Times)--5th question and answer. Seattle has its Chittenden Locks. Yellowstone knows him both as a road builder and historian.
5/8/02 House mulls powers for 'gateway' towns (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/8/02 Public comment sought on park courthouse proposal (AP story in Casper Star-Tribune)
5/7/02 Yellowstone announces new wide-screen film for Old Faithful Visitor's Center (by National Park Service)
5/7/02 Wolf injures 2 Livingston dogs (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/7/02 Noise limits considered at Jackson Airport (AP story in Billings Gazette)--1st article
5/7/02 B-T asked to expand heli-skiing (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article
5/6/02 MSU study details changes in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (by Evelyn Boswell Montana State University Research Office in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/5/02 Torrington cattle get brucellosis testing (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/5/02 Ranch renovation moves ahead (AP story in Billings Gazette)--2nd article
5/5/02 Wyoming county adverse to bears (AP story in Billings Gazette)
5/4/02 State returns to hazing bison wandering out of Yellowstone (by Scott McMillion Bozeman Daily Chronicle
5/4/02 Wyoming county bans grizzly bears (by Joan Haines Bozeman Daily Chronicle
5/3/02 Status of gray wolf recovery, week of 4/12 - 5/03, 20002  (by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)
5/3/02 Jackson Hole quake swarm mystifying (by Mike Stark Billings Gazette)--Steamboat Geyser has first major eruption in two years, but no one witnesses it! 
5/3/02 Snowmobile letter surprises E.P.A. leader and Interior chief (by Katherine Q. Seelye New York Times)--Free registration required to view this. Nobody told Christine Todd Whitman that the EPA was releasing the letter; now Sec. Norton is ticked.) 
5/3/02 Reactions to EPA ruling on snowmobiles predictable (by Nick Gevock Bozeman Daily Chronicle
5/2/02 Governor prefers snowmobiles over snowcoaches (AP story in Billings Gazette)--6th article 
5/2/02 Brucellosis finding worries cattlemen (by Cathy Roemer Ag Weekly
5/1/02 Moving target on policy battlefield: Increasingly, 'Science' used by proponents and critics to score a shot (by Eric Pianin Washington Post)--Mentions Yellowstone snowmobile controversy as one example.  It also importantly highlights to me that the real dispute is not about science but about values.  The real dispute is rarely clarified because the combatants hide themselves in scientific jargon. 
5/1/02 Schumer: Justice Dept. undermining environment (by Elaine S. Povich and Tom Brune Newsday)--Sen. Charles Schumer is a Democrat from NY. 
5/1/02 Schumer accuses Ashcroft of ignoring environment (by Douglas Turner Buffalo News
  (comment in discussion forum
5/26/02 Other parks have survived changes in travel modes (by Kelley McLandress in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/30/02 Summer traffic jams Yellowstone (by Steve Torrey in Billings Gazette)--3rd opinion
5/25/02 Park, towns will thrive without snowmobiles (by Julia Page and Jackie Matthews in Billings Gazette)
5/25/02 Snowmobiles' clamor replaces park's quiet (by Leland E. Stanley in Billings Gazette)--1st opinion
5/25/02 Wild game must be tested for CWD (by Jack Shubarth in Billings Gazette)--2nd opinion
5/24/02 Martz' snowmobile stance evidence she's still the lapdog (by Jillian Zymonas in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/23/02 Quiet park users need to make some noise (by Froma Harrop in The Seattle Times)
5/23/02 Our kids face a lot of dangers besides wolves (by Norman A. Bishop in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/22/02 Help keep U.S. parks open to snowmobilers (by John Lindberg in Chicago Sun-Times)--1st Opinion
5/19/02 Ban the vehicles (by Tom and Karen Metcalf in The Salt Lake Tribune)
5/19/02 The future of your forest starts this week (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/19/02 Rangers should voice snowmobile concerns (by Ray Sikorski in Billings Gazette)--2nd opinion (also in 5/21 Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/19/02 Wild animals endanger human neighbors (by J. T. Elliott in Billings Gazette)--3rd opinion (also in 5/19 Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/19/02 Wolves restore natural balance (by Pat Morris in Billings Gazette)--4th opinion
5/17/02 Compromise called for on Yellowstone winter use (by MT Gov. Judy Martz in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--Also in 5/19 Billings Gazette
5/16/02 Wyoming officials would be better off banning stupidity (by Dennis P. Curran in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/15/02 Make historic range available to bison (by Glenn Hockett in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/14/02 Playing politics in the snow (by Los Angeles Times in The Salt Lake Tribune)
5/14/02 Four-stroke snomos deserve same treatment as cars, trucks (by Kyle Goodyear in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/14/02 Wolves cost taxpayers too much (by Dennis Nolte in Billings Gazette)--2nd opinion
5/10/02 Public won’t put up with large-scale bison slaughter (by George Nell in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)--also in 5/12 Billings Gazette
5/9/02 Let's not turn our backs on Old Faithful (by Ray Ring High Country News in Billings Gazette)
5/9/02 Federal authorities suppress wolf research (by MT State Rep. Joe Balyeat in Billings Gazette)
5/9/02 Madison River fishing access a good buy (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/8/02 Until clean snowmobile arrives, support Park ban (by Robin Heyer in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/7/02 Yellowstone, philosophy, and wonder (by Jim Macdonald The Magic of Yellowstone)
5/7/02 Bush should back EPA call for snowmobile ban (by Idaho Statesman)
5/7/02 Snowmobile ban (by U.S. Rep. Rush Holt in Chicago Tribune)--Free registration required to read this. Rush Holt is a Democrat from New Jersey.
5/7/02 Beartooth wilderness cabin defies school's values (by J. W. Westman in Billings Gazette)--2nd opinion
5/6/02 Critics and supporters of park grazing policy both right (by Karl Allen Biastoch in Bozeman Daily Chronicle)
5/5/02 End snowmobile excuses (by Denver Post)
5/5/02 Fence Yellowstone to contain problems (by Billings Gazette)--5th opinion
5/5/02 Wolves provide no benefit to state (by Billings Gazette)--6th opinion
5/5/02 Intolerant forest users need a little wilderness time (by Troy Evenson in Bozeman Daily Chronicle
5/4/02 Don't inhale in Yellowstone (by Toledo Blade published in Naples Daily News--FL)--I lived in Toledo for two years; it's a town with plenty of its own pollution problems
5/3/02 Wolf plan: More than 4,000 comments (by Bozeman Daily Chronicle
5/2/02 Ban snowmobilers from Yellowstone (by Poughkeepsie Journal--NY) 
5/2/02 Removing protections from wolves would be a mistake (by Frank Benestante in Bozeman Daily Chronicle
5/2/02 Onus is on Big Sky to take care of bear-proof dumpsters (by Monica Fella in Bozeman Daily Chronicle
5/1/02 Don't sit back and expect someone else to stick up for your rights  (by Kerry White in Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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