Thursday, June 30, 2022

Man gored by bison in Yellowstone National Park

A 34-year-old male from Colorado Springs, Colorado, was gored by a bull bison near Giant Geyser at Old Faithful on June 27. The male was walking with his family on a boardwalk when a bull bison charged the group. Family members did not leave the area, and the bull bison continued to charge and gored the male.

The male sustained an injury to his arm and was transported by ambulance to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. This incident remains under investigation, and there is no additional information to share.

Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild and can be dangerous when approached. When an animal is near a campsite, trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay more than 25 yards (23 m) away from all large animals - bison, elk, bighorn sheep, deer, moose, and coyotes - and at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves. If need be, turn around and go the other way to avoid interacting with a wild animal in proximity.

This is the second reported incident in 2022 of a visitor getting too close to the animal and the bison responding to the perceived threat by goring the individual.

Bison are unpredictable and can run three times faster than humans.



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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Going-to-the-Sun Road will open through Logan Pass "no earlier than" July 13

Glacier National Park just published this blurb on their social media account concerning the opening of the Going-to-the-Sun Road to Logan Pass:
Going-to-the-Sun Road will open through Logan Pass "no earlier than" July 13, 2022. This date is not a prediction of when the road will open - it is to help with trip planning purposes. Visitors may access Going-to-the-Sun Road via the St. Mary entrance on the east side without a vehicle reservation until the road is open to Logan Pass.

The park's free shuttle will accommodate the late opening:

On the west side: Starting July 1, shuttles will run from 7am-7pm daily, offering all stops between Apgar and Avalanche Campground. A shuttle with a bike trailer will also be running.

On the east side: starting July 1, the shuttles will run from 8 am-7 pm for all stops between St. Mary and Sun Point. A shuttle with a bike trailer will also be running.

For more information, click here.




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Beartooth Highway (US-212) partially reopened with nighttime closures

After repairing damage caused by the recent record-breaking flood event, the Beartooth Highway (US-212), located east of the park’s Northeast Entrance between Red Lodge, Montana, and Cooke City, Montana, partially reopened yesterday, June 28.

This partial reopening includes 23 miles of the Beartooth Highway beginning at the US-212/WY-296 junction to the Beartooth Ski Hill parking lot. Travelers will need to turn around at the ski hill parking lot due to flood damage on the remainder of the highway.

The towns of Cooke City, Montana, and Silver Gate, Montana, remain open for visitor travel.

Temporary road closures due to winter weather can occur any time on the highway given its high elevation. Stay informed about local weather conditions. Plan ahead. Nighttime closures will resume within this partially reopened roadway at the Pilot Index Overlook east to Beartooth Lake Campground.

* Closures will be in effect from 7.p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday through Thursday. There will be no closures Friday through Sunday.

* This is a hard closure and traffic will not be allowed to pass through during these times.

* Closures will be in effect through mid-October and are necessary to allow for ongoing highway construction.

Check the Montana and Wyoming departments of transportation websites for road updates and status throughout the summer.



Jeff
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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Avalanche Lake Trail is closed due to damage from flooding

Glacier National Park recently published this blurb on their social media account:
Though not as extensive as our neighbors at Yellowstone NP, Glacier is also experiencing impacts from recent flooding. Many hiking trails are still wet and muddy from the rain and high water. Avalanche Lake Trail is closed due to damage from flooding, and trail crews are working to reopen the trail. Here’s what you can do to help:

Wear appropriate footwear – Be prepared to hike through water and mud to prevent trail widening and consider waterproof hiking boots if you don’t want to get your feet wet.

Respect trail closures - They are there to protect you and the resources. Failure to respect closures can result in ranger citations.

Have a back-up plan if you experience a trail closure – Glacier has hundreds of miles of trails to explore, and each one will show you something special. Try one of the less-traveled trails!




Jeff
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Monday, June 27, 2022

Going-to-the-Sun Road Still Not Open

Some bad news for those wishing to travel up to Logan Pass, or along the entire stretch of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in the near future. The park recently published this blurb on their social media account:
After evaluating Going to the Sun Road this week, park officials have determined the road will not fully open by the 4th of July holiday.

Unprecedented winter snows and late spring snow storms slowed plowing progress on Going to the Sun Road this spring. Park officials are working to determine a new "no sooner than date" to help visitors plan. Until the full length of Going to the Sun Road is plowed and open to traffic, the west side vehicle closure will remain at Avalanche Creek and the east side at Jackson Glacier Overlook. Plow crew progress updates are available on the park's website.




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