Yellowstone Snowmobile Count Halved


The National Park Service has approved a plan to restrict snowmobile numbers in Yellowstone National Park to less than half of last winter's limit, the Associated Press reports.

The new daily limits will allow up to 318 snowmobiles and up to 78 snowcoaches per day in the park for the next two winter seasons.

The park has allowed up to 720 snowmobiles a day into the park over the past five winters. According to a Yellowstone spokesman cited in the article, the park saw an average of 205 snowmobiles and 29 snowcoaches last winter. The park’s highest recorded day was reportedly 557 snowmobiles in late December 2007.

Follow the link to the AP article for a sampling of what both critics and supporters have to say about the decision.

Wyoming is maneuvering to get a federal judge to consider whether to block the new Park Service plan.