Yellowstone Plan Sharply Curtails Snowmobiles

CHEYENNE, (AP) - 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. Yellowstone announced Thursday that it will allow up to 318 snowmobiles and up to 78 snowcoaches per day in the park for the next two winter seasons.

The plan allows for motorized travel over Sylvan Pass and the East Entrance road. The park allowed up to 720 daily snowmobile trips last winter. The state of Wyoming opposes curtailing park snowmobile use because of the potential economic impact on surrounding communities. The state has gone to court in hopes of blocking the reduction.

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