Wyoming seeks reconsideration of Yellowstone snowmobile limit lawsuit

Publish Date: 
Mar 29, 2012

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is asking an appellate court to reconsider a lawsuit against the federal government over snowmobile limits at Yellowstone National Park.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver threw out the lawsuit brought by the state and Park County earlier this month, finding that the smaller governments had not shown concrete losses from reductions in snowmobile traffic.

In its court filing, Wyoming contends it should be allowed to argue its case again, claiming the panel incorrectly determined the east entrance to the park was the only one at issue in the appeal, according to the Casper Star Tribune.

The Park Service’s 2009 rule had limited daily snowmobile traffic in Yellowstone to 318 machines while setting the limit on larger snow coaches at 78. Local officials are worried that will hurt their tourism economy.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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