Appeals court tosses lawsuit over Yellowstone snowmobile limits

Publish Date: 
Mar 5, 2012

Wyoming cannot sue the federal government over a 2009 National Parks Service rule limiting the number of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park, a federal appeals court has ruled.

Wyoming and Park County contended in court that the rule arbitrarily restricted snowmobile access, despite evidence that allowing more snowmobiles wouldn't hurt the park. They said the limits would hurt tourism and tax revenue, according to the Casper Star Tribune.

The 2009 rule expired last year, but park officials extended it through this winter.

A panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Wednesday that the state and county failed to show concrete economic losses from the rule, which would have allowed them to sue.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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