Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cattle Drive Scheduled for Saturday Morning August 3rd

A traditional cattle drive will take place early Saturday morning, August 3, in Grand Teton National Park. While the cattle drive is underway, a two-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 26/89/191 will be temporarily closed to vehicle traffic from Moran Junction to the Elk Ranch Flats area that lies just one mile south of the junction in the northern area of the park. Motorists should expect a travel delay between approximately 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. as cattle are herded from their summer pasture at Elk Ranch Flats to their pastures east of Moran. Park rangers will provide traffic control on the highway during this cattle drive.

Ranch wranglers will drive a herd of approximately 300 cattle eastward from the Elk Ranch Flats summer pasture to the private ranch using a right-of-way along U.S. Highway 26/287. As the cattle are herded towards Moran Junction, the animals must cross the Buffalo Fork Bridge on the highway.

To avoid the travel delay, motorists may choose to use an alternate route and drive the Teton Park Road between Jackson Lake Junction and Moose Junction.

In accordance with the 1950 Grand Teton National Park enabling legislation, certain historic grazing privileges were retained. Since that time, the fenced and irrigated Elk Ranch Flats pastures have been used for grazing each summer season.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Biologists to continue grizzly captures for research purposes in Yellowstone National Park; Public reminded to heed warning signs

As part of ongoing efforts to monitor the population of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Yellowstone National Park and the USGS would like to inform the public that biologists with the National Park Service and Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST) will be continuing scientific grizzly bear research operations in Yellowstone National Park through October 31.

Team members will bait and capture bears at several remote sites within Yellowstone National Park. Once captured, the bears are anesthetized to allow wildlife biologists to radio-collar and collect scientific samples for study. All capturing and handling are done in accordance with strict protocols developed by the IGBST.

None of the capture sites in the park will be located near any established hiking trails or backcountry campsites, and all capture sites will have posted warnings for the closure perimeter. Potential access points will also be posted with warning signs for the closure area. Backcountry users who come upon any of these posted areas need to heed the warnings and stay out of the area.

The Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team was established in 1973 to collaboratively monitor and manage ecosystem bears on an interagency basis. The gathering of critical data on bears is part of a long-term research and monitoring effort to help wildlife managers devise and implement programs to support the ongoing conservation of Yellowstone’s grizzly bear and black bear populations.

The IGBST is composed of representatives of the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribal Fish and Game Department, and the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

Fire contained near North Entrance in Yellowstone - Park seeking public’s help

At approximately 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26, a fire began spreading through the grass and sage between the North Entrance Station and the Gardner River. Personnel from Yellowstone National Park, the town of Gardiner, and Paradise Valley responded.

The fire was contained at approximately 4 acres, including a half-acre spot fire on the other side of the Gardner River.

The North Entrance Road was closed for approximately 90 minutes until the fire was contained. Outbound traffic was still able to exit the park via the Old Gardiner Road.

The quick response by fire crews prevented threats to visitors and buildings.

The fire was human caused and is under investigation. Anyone who was in the area on Friday evening and has information about people using the picnic area near the entrance station is encouraged to call the park’s 24-hour Tip Line at 307-344-2132. Callers can remain anonymous.

Wildland fire crews from the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service will be in the field today mopping up.

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Changes at String Lake to Protect Visitors and Resources - Visitors Reminded to Plan Ahead and Picnic Responsibly

String Lake is a popular summertime destination at Grand Teton National Park. Last summer, researchers found that over 4,000 people visit the String Lake area each day during the peak summer season. Nearly 25% of those visitors spend at least 3-4 hours at String Lake and don’t leave the immediate area. The park has initiated changes to encourage opportunities for safe and enjoyable recreation for park visitors while protecting park resources.

Visible changes will include: increased messaging about proper food storage practices and safe and responsible picnicking, rope and pole barriers along trails and lakeshore access to protect sensitive wetland and riparian habitats, road delineators to channel traffic and protect pedestrians and cyclists, and designated horse trailer parking at the Cathedral Group Turnout. Park staff will monitor the piloted changes, and adapt as appropriate.

In addition to the changes visitors will see this summer, the park is continuing the “Lakers” volunteer program. The Lakers are a dedicated group of volunteers stationed at String Lake whose purpose is to promote visitor safety and minimize human-wildlife interactions. Since their inception in 2016, the Lakers have educated thousands of visitors on the importance of food storage and bear awareness at String Lake. From May through September the Lakers maintain a presence seven days a week. These volunteers are vital to providing opportunities for safe visitor access and enjoyable experiences at String Lake.

Proper storage of food items and responsible picnicking are vitally important in bear country. Picnickers should only have immediate use items out so that if a bear approaches, food items can be quickly gathered and the opportunity for the bear to receive a food reward is removed. Visitors should store food and scented items in bear-resistant food storage lockers that are located throughout the park or in a hard-sided vehicle. The String Lake area has 12 food storage boxes available for public use, supported by Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

During the summers of 2017 and 2018, park staff worked with researchers to better understand visitor use and experience at String Lake and Leigh Lake, including lakeshore access, parking, wayfinding, sign management, and human-wildlife interactions. Researchers found that high visitation at String Lake takes place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The park encourages visitation during off-peak hours.

String Lake is located north of Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. The String Lake area includes three parking lots, two picnic areas, lakeshore access, and restroom facilities.

Plan ahead before your visit to String Lake and consider the following:

• Large groups are encouraged to carpool.
• Check the weather forecast before you arrive to better plan your day and destinations. If you plan to hike later in the day, it is critical that you know the weather forecast for the elevation of your destination, particularly to avoid lightning and thunderstorms.
• Arrive early or late as the parking lots at String Lake are typically full between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
• Be thoughtful of other visitors who are enjoying the natural landscape and soundscape.
• Picnic responsibly and have a plan in case a bear approaches. Utilize food storage boxes to minimize human-wildlife interactions.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Menors Ferry Day 2019

Families and children of all ages are invited to participate in Menors Ferry Day, hosted by Grand Teton National Park and Grand Teton Association. The event will take place this Saturday, July 27 from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the historic Menors Ferry, located in Moose, Wyoming.

Celebrate this historical landmark located within Grand Teton National Park. There will be a variety of activities. Take a walk back in time to learn more about Bill Menor, the proprietor who once lived at Menors Ferry, and the lifestyle that he lived. Historical activities include spinning demonstrations, music, historic interpretation, and a walking tour. This event is free and open to the public.

Menors Ferry was historically operated by Bill Menor. The ferry and general store drew homesteaders and visitors from across the Jackson Hole Valley, as it was the only safe ferry crossing in the area across the Snake River. Menor also operated a smokehouse and blacksmith shop. In 1918, he sold his cabin and business to Maud Noble, who continued to operate the business until 1927 when the State of Wyoming built a bridge over the Snake River, thereby rendering the ferry obsolete.

For additional information about activities and services within Grand Teton National Park or the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, please visit the park's website at or a park visitor center, or call 307.739.3300.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Bear Incidents Prompt Frequent Changes in Campground, Trail Status in Glacier National Park

Park staff have had a busy summer responding to bears near campgrounds, trails, roadsides, and other developed areas.

Because of bears frequenting the area, the Hole in the Wall backcountry campground currently is closed temporarily, along with the small spur trail from the main Boulder Pass Trail to the campground.

The park has re-opened Many Glacier Campground to tent camping after park rangers confirmed that no bear-related incidents have occurred in the area since July 14, when rangers last hazed two bears. The campground was first restricted to hard-sided camping on July 6 after incidents involving a black bear that damaged property in the campground. At that time, patrols were increased and the park attempted to trap and tag the suspected black bear, but were unsuccessful.

In a separate incident last Wednesday at Rising Sun Campground, park resource management staff captured and relocated a different black bear as well as her cub after both bears showed little fear of humans. The sow, tagged as number 324, had been frequenting Rising Sun Campground and displaying a pattern of habituated behavior. Her cub of the year also showed signs of being habituated to humans.

Last week, bear 324 apparently killed an animal in the brush near the campground. The loud sounds and lack of visibility in the brush led to the temporary closure of the upper loop of the campground. The remains of a marmot were located the next day. The following day, park resource management staff encountered bear 324 and her cub in the closed upper loop of the campground. The sow and cub travelled into the occupied loop, despite efforts to keep her out. She passed through occupied tent sites, paying little attention to the presence of park staff or crowds of onlookers. The cub also stood up and pushed on a tent. Park resource management staff decided that capturing bear 324 and her cub was an appropriate management action according to the park’s Bear Management Guidelines. The sow was tranquilized and placed in a 2-compartment trap. After a short time, the cub entered the back compartment of the trap and was captured.

Last Thursday, park staff released bear 324 and her cub in the North Fork district, far from any campgrounds or developed areas. The hope is that living in a less developed setting will allow her to teach future cubs to live in wild areas, feeding and foraging naturally.

Bear 324 was first captured and tagged in 2015 because she was frequenting Rising Sun Campground. Since then, she has raised several cubs in the area, some of which have required relocation. Sows typically pass on habituated behavior to cubs, requiring more management action for successive generations. In 2017, the park fitted bear 324 with a radio collar to allow resource managers and rangers to target her for hazing, which was somewhat effective.

Resource managers decided that bear 324 was a candidate for relocation rather than removal because she did not exhibit a significant pattern of seeking human food, and did not show signs of aggression.

“These events demonstrate the critical role that campers play in wildlife conservation,” said Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. “While bears can wander or even live in developed areas, if we are diligent about keeping food rewards away from them, they can sometimes be relocated rather than euthanized.”

Visitors are reminded to keep campgrounds and developed areas clean and free of food and trash. Local residents and businesses located in and around the park are reminded to secure all types of non-natural food sources including garbage, livestock, feed, pet food, bird seed, and hummingbird feeders.

If you see a bear along the road, please do not stop. Stopping and watching roadside bears will likely start a “bear jam” as other motorists follow your lead. “Bear jams” are hazardous to both people and bears, as visibility is reduced and bears may feel threatened by the congestion. Report all bear sightings to the nearest ranger.

Glacier National Park is home to both black and grizzly bears. Hikers are highly encouraged to hike in groups, make noise when hiking, and have bear spray accessible and know how to use it. Visitors are encouraged to check the park’s Trail and Area Closings and Postings webpage before heading into the park, and to learn more about bears and safety while recreating in bear country.

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Fire Danger Raised to High in Grand Teton

Fire danger has increased to “High” for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger-Teton National Forest, National Elk Refuge, and the rest of the Teton Interagency Dispatch Area. Recent hot temperatures and regular afternoon winds have created dry forest conditions. With little to no forecasted rain in the coming weeks, fire activity is expected to increase. Three wildfires have been detected in the last week, with the Box Creek Fire remaining active in the Teton Wilderness.

A high fire danger rating means that fires can start easily and spread quickly. When determining fire danger, fire managers use several indicators such as the moisture content of grasses, shrubs, and trees; projected weather conditions including temperatures and possible wind events; the ability of fire to spread after ignition; and availability of firefighting resources locally and across the nation.

There are no fire restrictions currently in place, but it is important to be aware of the increased risk and take extra care when building campfires, parking on dry grass, or recreating outdoors.

Visitors and local residents are reminded that unattended or abandoned campfires can easily escalate into wildfires. This year there have already been more than 83 abandoned campfires reported in the Teton Interagency Dispatch area. Campers should be prepared with plenty of water and a shovel on hand.

As a reminder, simply pouring water on a fire is not sufficient. Most of the reported unattended fires found by fire personnel involve smoldering logs and white ash which can easily spread embers when stirred by a breeze or gust of wind. Campers need to drown campfires with plenty of water and then stir the coals, repeating as necessary. Before leaving the area, the campfire should be cold to the touch. Campers need to be aware they could be held liable for suppression costs if their campfire becomes a wildfire.

Please visit the Teton Interagency Fire website at to learn more about current fires, fire safety, and any fire regulations that may be in place. To report a fire or smoke, call the Teton Interagency Fire Dispatch Center at 307-739-3630.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Nine-year-old girl injured by bison in Yellowstone

On the afternoon of July 22, there was an incident with a bull bison near Observation Point Trail in the Old Faithful Geyser area.

According to witnesses, a group of approximately 50 people were within 5-10 feet of the bison for at least 20 minutes before eventually causing the bison to charge the group. A nine-year-old girl from Odessa, FL was charged and tossed into the air by the bull bison. The girl was taken to the Old Faithful Lodge by her family where she was assessed and treated by a park emergency medical providers, and later taken to and released from the Old Faithful Clinic.

No citations have been issued. The incident is still under investigation.

Wildlife in Yellowstone National Park are wild. When an animal is near a trail, boardwalk, parking lot, or in a developed area, give it space. Stay 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 close proximity.

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Search Efforts for Mark Sinclair Will Continue in Limited Capacity

Glacier National Park has scaled back a large search effort for the man who went missing two weeks ago.

Search efforts began the morning of July 9 in the Logan Pass area of Glacier National Park for Mark Sinclair, 66, recently of Whitefish, MT.

Active search efforts took place between July 9 and July 18. The overall search area encompassed numerous drainages east and west of the Continental Divide including Upper McDonald Creek, Mineral Creek, Swiftcurrent, and Belly River drainages. Trails and off-trail search areas included Flattop Mountain, the Highline from Logan Pass to Goat Haunt, Swiftcurrent Pass, the Loop, and Hidden Lake. Other associated trail areas attached to the Highline were also searched. Aerial searches included the entire spine of the Continental Divide on both sides from Logan Pass to 50 Mountain.

The search area is characterized by steep slopes with cliff faces frequently over 100 feet high, gray rocks that act as camouflage, and dense shrubs that conceal the ground. Searchers also encountered high winds and heavy rain and hail.

Flathead County Sheriff’s Department -- including ground patrols, canine units, a search drone, and a volunteer search and rescue division -- assisted Glacier National Park Search and Rescue team members. Two Bear Air and the U.S. Forest Service provided daytime aerial search capacity and nighttime infrared flights. The U.S. Geological Survey also assisted with search drone support.

Mark Sinclair is still considered a missing person. The search effort has been moved to a “limited continuous mode,” meaning that active searching will not occur every day, but will continue in a reduced capacity with patrols. The park’s investigation will actively continue in hopes of gaining further information about his whereabouts. If a clue or witness report provides new information about Sinclair’s possible whereabouts or belongings, additional search efforts will follow up.

Updated missing person posters with Sinclair’s picture and description will be posted throughout the park for the duration of the summer.

Park rangers would like to continue hearing from anyone who was in the Logan Pass and Granite Park vicinity on or after July 8 who may have had contact with Sinclair or seen him on a trail, including guests at Granite Park Chalet and backcountry overnight campers.

The park has not ruled out the possibility that he may have traveled further from the Logan Pass vicinity, given the number of trails that connect directly from this area and extend in every direction across Glacier’s one million acres.

“We continue to ask the public to think back to their visits to the park last week. Additional sightings or the discovery of Mark’s belongings could help investigators identify new search tactics,” said Search Team Commander Ed Visnovske. “The park deeply appreciates the efforts of our county and federal partners - we could not have covered such a significant area or conducted such an in-depth search without that support.”


Around 2:30 pm on Monday, July 8, staff at the Logan Pass Visitor Center saw Sinclair leaving the parking lot and walking toward the Highline Trail. He left behind his dog, unsecured vehicle, and car keys.

After the search began, two visitors called the tip line and reported seeing him between Haystack Butte and Granite Park Chalet on the Highline Trail in the early evening on July 8. No other verified sightings have been received beyond July 8.

Members of the public who have information about Sinclair’s last seen whereabouts are urged to call the tip line at 406-888-7077. Media calls should continue to be directed to the Glacier National Park Public Affairs Office.

The park does not expect to issue another press release unless something significant changes with this case.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

"Fauna of the Flathead" Guided Hikes at Wayfarers - July through September 2019

Montana State Parks ( will host Fauna of the Flathead guided hikes at Flathead Lake State Park at Wayfarers on July 27th, August 24th, and September 28th at 10:30 am. Flathead Valley has world-class wildlife viewing opportunities. Learn about some of the animals that make their home here.

Flathead Lake State Park invites you to get out and enjoy the outdoors with a park guide! Guided hikes will explore the fauna that makes up Flathead Lake State Park. The hikes are 1.5-miles in length and meet at the Flathead Lake State Park Ranger Station at Wayfarers. Hikers should wear sturdy shoes, bring a water bottle, and be prepared for changing weather conditions. Cost is $4 per person or $10 per family.

When: July 27, August 24, and September 28th at 10:30am

Where: Flathead Lake State Park – Wayfarers Unit, 8600 Mt. Hwy 35, Bigfork

Flathead Lake State Park consists of six unique park units located around Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater lake west of the Mississippi. The park units on the east side are Wayfarers, Yellow Bay and Finley Point and the west side units are West Shore, Big Arm and Wild Horse Island. In addition to boating, swimming and fishing, each park unit offers unique experiences including camping, rental picnic shelters, group camping, hiking, sightseeing, picnicking, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

For more information call the Flathead Lake Ranger Station at (406) 837-3041.

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Teton Rangers Respond to Two Emergency Rescues - Significant Snow Remains at Higher Elevations

Grand Teton National Park rangers responded Wednesday evening, July 17, to a member of a climbing group that seriously injured her leg and was unable to move. At approximately 5:40 p.m. a park ranger hiking in the Lower Garnett Canyon area was notified that a climber was injured and needed help.

Natalie Ulloa, 17 years old from Houston, Texas, was descending the Southwest Couloir route after summiting the Middle Teton when she slipped on ice and snow earlier Wednesday afternoon. She fell approximately 100 feet onto rock.

Two rangers with medical equipment and gear began hiking to the location from the Lupine Trailhead and two other rangers that were located at the lower saddle of the Grand Teton climbed the Middle Teton and descended down to the injured climber. A helicopter rescue was attempted twice but was not an option due to very windy conditions.

Ulloa was stabilized and kept warm, and prepped to spend the night on the mountain with two of the rangers. The two other rangers hiked down with four members of the climbing group. The hike down was challenging due to terrain, snow and ice, and the skill set of the individuals.

On Thursday morning, July 18, another attempt to fly to the scene was thwarted due to dangerous high winds. Four additional rangers hiked to the scene to help manually lower the injured climber over snow, ice and boulders to Garnet Meadows where a helicopter could land if there was a break in the winds. It took approximately three hours to carry Ulloa to the meadows.

Six members of the park trail crew hiked to Garnet Meadows with additional gear, including a wheeled litter, to assist as needed if the helicopter could not land. At approximately 2:30 p.m. a break in the winds allowed the Teton Interagency Helicopter to land at Garnet Meadows and transport Ulloa to Lupine Meadows where a park ambulance was waiting to take her to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming.

At approximately 5 p.m. another emergency call was received involving a hiker that was injured by a large falling rock near the base of the Son of Accoupolus Couloir, near the mouth of Death Canyon. Daniel Henderson, 22 years old from Hancock, Michigan, and his climbing partner were approaching a climb in Death Canyon. Near the base of the cliff they pulled loose some rocks, and a large rock hit Henderson causing multiple injuries.

They called 911 and were transferred to Teton Interagency Dispatch. A park ranger hiked to the scene to stabilize and access Henderson’s injuries. The Teton Interagency Helicopter was used to short haul the injured climber to the meadow at the historic White Grass Dude Ranch. A park ambulance transported Henderson to St. John’s Medical Center in Jackson, Wyoming. The climbing partner was uninjured and hiked out to the trailhead.

Conditions at elevations above 9,000 feet in the Teton Range are still snow-covered. Hikers and climbers in these areas should carry both an ice axe and crampons and know how to use them or adjust the route. Please visit the Jenny Lake Ranger Station before backcountry trips for the most current route conditions.

Short-haul is a rescue technique where an individual or gear is suspended below the helicopter on a 150 to 250 foot rope. This method allows a rescuer more direct access to an injured party, and it is often used in the Teton Range where conditions make it difficult to land a helicopter in the steep and rocky terrain.

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No New Clues in Sinclair Search Effort

Search efforts have continued over the last week for missing person Mark Sinclair, who was last seen on Monday, July 8.

The last confirmed sighting of Sinclair was on the Highline Trail by a visitor late Monday afternoon, July 8, between Haystack Butte and Granite Park Chalet. He was observed earlier that afternoon by Logan Pass Visitor Center staff as he left an unsecured vehicle, keys, and dog in the Logan Pass Parking Lot and headed towards the Highline Trail.

Ground and air crews continue to search the Highline Trail and Granite Park Chalet vicinity, in addition to other drainages and trails near the area. Crews have encountered steep, treacherous terrain, high winds, rain, and bears, among other hazards that characterize Glacier’s high country. Gray rock, shaded areas, and dense vegetation have increased the difficulty of pinpointing Sinclair’s whereabouts.

Visitors hiking in the general Logan Pass and Granite Park area may hear search crew whistles, and will see helicopters inserting ground search crews and conducting aerial surveillance.

Search managers are using helicopters, cameras, infrared flights, and drones to search areas difficult or impossible for ground crews to reach.

Search team investigators have received an abundance of information about Sinclair from the public. Investigators have pursued every lead but nothing has been discovered to reveal his whereabouts. In the absence of any actionable clues over the past several days, search managers expect to suspend large scale ground search efforts later this week unless something substantive is discovered.

Investigations into Sinclair’s activities, personal connections, and information received via the tip line (406-888-7077) will continue. The public is urged to continue to report information that may lead to Sinclair’s whereabouts, including sightings and any discovery of his belongings.

The search team is also distributing an updated photo of Sinclair that reflects his most recent appearance.

Glacier National Park is deeply appreciative of the ongoing partnership with Flathead County staff and volunteer search and rescue personnel, U.S. Forest Service, Whitefish Police Department, U.S. Geological Survey, and Homeland Security for search and investigation resources.

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Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is Re-introduced

Montana would get a significant boost from Congress with a new piece of bipartisan legislation introduced last Friday.

The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act was introduced again on July 12 by U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, (D-Mich.) and U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) along with 40 Democratic and 20 Republican cosponsors. Passage of this bill could provide $1.3 billion in annual funds to state wildlife agencies for conserving wildlife and habitat, increasing wildlife associated recreation opportunities, and increasing conservation education programs. Funding for the legislation would require a 25 percent non-federal match.

The legislation is the result of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish and Wildlife Resources, which met three times in 2015 to come up with ways to diversify wildlife management funding in America. The panel was comprised of people representing various interests including the energy industry, retail giants and some of the nation’s most influential conservation leaders. The panel was co-chaired by John Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, and David Freudenthal, former governor of Wyoming.

“Today we find ourselves facing wildlife species declines that could alter our children’s and grandchildren’s opportunities to enjoy these resources,” said Ed Carter, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Executive Director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “By investing in our State Wildlife Action Plans, which contain prioritized actions for restoring and managing the most imperiled species within our states’ borders, we will be ensuring future generations can enjoy our rich wildlife heritage. In essence, we are performing preventative maintenance, addressing concerns before they become a crisis. It is by far the most economical way to proceed and the chance of success is exponentially greater.”

Most wildlife falls under management of the state wildlife agencies, like Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. These agencies are largely funded by hunter and angler dollars, collected through a variety of sources including license and user fees and federal excise taxes on hunting, angling and sporting equipment. Over the last 80 years, this money has funded the recovery of many game species across the West, including westslope cutthroat trout, elk, and bighorn sheep, as well as nongame species such as the bald eagle and peregrine falcon. In Montana, this funding also goes toward monitoring species critical to our economy, livelihood, and unique Montana landscape such as bats, sage grouse, and golden eagles. Expenditure of any new funds would be guided by the State Wildlife Act Plan, direction from the citizen commission and legislative approval.

The bill introduced in the 116th Congress looks different from the bill introduced previously in order to honor conservation efforts by entities other than state wildlife management agencies and to allow for a more flexible funding source.

In this version of the bill, tribal nations would receive $97.5 million annually to fund proactive wildlife conservation efforts. A minimum of 10 percent of the funding apportioned to states must be used to recover federally threatened or endangered species. Ten percent of the total funding apportioned to states must be allocated through a competitive grants program. Grants will be awarded to state and U.S. territory fish and wildlife agencies, or regional fish and wildlife associations implementing the most effective and innovative projects for conservation of fish and wildlife. Instead of the funding coming specifically from energy development revenues and fees, it will come from the general U.S. Treasury fund. Even with these changes, Montana would receive more than $25 million dollars for proactive conservation and recovery of federally listed species.

“Imagine a source of funding that allows states to better steward wildlife and habitat so that the species won’t need the protection of the Endangered Species Act,” said FWP Director Martha Williams. “Imagine a renewed focus on partnerships in wildlife education so that we can help get kids outside. Or even, imagine Montana having the funds to best steward the resources that make Montana so special.”

Visit FWP’s website for more information on Recovering America’s Wildlife Act and the great work Montana has done with existing sources of funding:

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Lightning-ignited structure fire burns historic Mount Holmes Fire Lookout in Yellowstone

On Tuesday, July 16, in the afternoon, the historic Mount Holmes Fire Lookout burned to the ground having been struck by lightning from a severe thunderstorm in the area. The structure fire also damaged a park radio repeater.

The fire lookout is located southwest of Mammoth Hot Springs and north of Madison Junction.

The employee who staffs the Mount Washburn Fire Lookout observed and reported the Mount Holmes lookout structure fire Tuesday, in the late afternoon. This morning, July 17, three employees including the park fire chief attempted to fly to the 10,000 ft lookout via helicopter to assess the damage. However, the flight was postponed. The helicopter was diverted to a higher priority incident outside the park. While en route, the helicopter manager snapped a photo of the burned lookout.

This afternoon, staff attempted to fly to the lookout again but were grounded due to strong winds. Additional attempts will be made in the next few days. As of today, the Mount Holmes Trail west of the junction with the Trilobite Lake Trail and the summit of Mount Holmes are closed. The closure will remain in effect until the unsafe conditions are assessed, mitigated, and no longer pose a threat to public safety. \

“Built in 1931, and renovated in 1998, the Mount Holmes Fire Lookout maintained its historic-era role as one of Yellowstone National Park’s staffed lookout stations until 2007. The building was eligible for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, both for its significance in early park resource protection efforts, and as an outstanding example of the rustic architectural style that typified early park architecture. We are disappointed that this historic structure, as a window into the past, is gone,” said Yellowstone National Park Deputy Superintendent Pat Kenney.

The Mount Washburn Fire Lookout is currently staffed seven days a week, mid-June through mid-September. If warranted, three additional lookouts can be staffed.

Yellowstone’s Office of Strategic Communications will provide more information about this incident when it is available.

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Grand Teton and Yellowstone Will Use Dogs to Detect Aquatic Invasive Species

Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, in partnership with Working Dogs for Conservation, will host trained dogs that will raise awareness about Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). Tobias will be in Yellowstone July 19-31, and Jax will be in Grand Teton July 20-August 3. While in the parks, the dogs and handlers will assist AIS boat inspectors by sniffing out zebra and quagga mussels and participate in public events.

AIS pose a grave and growing threat to the parks, the surrounding ecosystem, and visitor recreation for these reasons:

• In 2016, non-native mussels were detected in Montana. This underscores the urgent need to prevent these and other destructive species from entering the parks.

• AIS can completely transform habitats for native species, introduce disease, out-compete native species, alter food chains, change the physical characteristics of bodies of water, damage equipment, devastate water-delivery systems, and negatively impact local/regional economies.

• Eradication is usually impossible and management is very costly.

The public are invited to learn about AIS and meet the dogs. Join us in:

Yellowstone National Park

Grant Village Visitor Center Parking Lot: The dog, with a handler, and AIS inspection staff will be at the parking lot from 8 a.m. to noon on July 19, 20, 21, 23, 24

Bridge Bay Marina: The dog, with a handler, and AIS inspection staff will be at the marina from 8 a.m. to noon on July 26, 27, 28, 30, 31

Grant Village Campground: The dog, with a handler, and park ranger will rove the campground from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. om July 19, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 30, 31

Grand Teton National Park

Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center in Moose: Programs will begin outside of the visitor center at 1 p.m. and will last approximately 30 minutes on July 21, 28, 30, August 2

Prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species! Clean, Drain, and Dry.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

US Forest Service Proposes Bold Moves to Improve Forest, Grassland Management

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) released proposed changes to modernize how the agency complies with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The proposed updates would not only give the Forest Service the tools and flexibility to manage the land and tackle critical challenges like wildfire, insects, and disease but also improve service to the American people. Revising the rules will improve forest conditions and make it simpler for people to use and enjoy their national forests and grasslands at lower cost to the taxpayer. The revised rules will also make it easier to maintain and repair the infrastructure people need to use and enjoy their public lands—the roads, trails, campgrounds, and other facilities.

While these proposed changes will save time and resources, they are ultimately intended to better protect people, communities and forests from catastrophic wildfire and ensure a high level of engagement with people and communities when doing related work and associated environmental analyses.

“We are committed to doing the work to protect people and infrastructure from catastrophic wildfire. With millions of acres in need of treatment, years of costly analysis and delays are not an acceptable solution – especially when data and experience show us we can get this work done with strong environmental protection standards as well as protect communities, livelihoods and resources,” said Secretary Perdue.

In 2008, the Forest Service codified its procedures for complying with NEPA in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 36 CFR 220. However, these regulations, in large part, still reflect the policies and practices established by the agency’s 1992 NEPA Manual and Handbook. When these regulations were adopted in 2008, they were intended to modernize and improve management processes. The proposed rule would further modernize the agency’s NEPA policy by incorporating experience from past 10 years. This experience includes input from comments on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking from January of 2018, as well as feedback from roundtables, workshops, and input from agency experts.

“We have pored over 10 years of environmental data and have found that in many cases, we do redundant analyses, slowing down important work to protect communities, livelihoods and resources,” said Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen. “We now have an opportunity to use that information to our advantage, and we want to hear from the people we serve to improve these proposed updates.”

The updates would create a new suite of “categorical exclusions,” a classification under the NEPA excluding certain routine activities from more extensive, time-consuming analysis under an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. The proposed categorical exclusions would be for restoration projects, roads and trails management, and recreation and facility management, as well as special use authorizations that issue permits for outfitters and guides, community organizations, civic groups and others who seek to recreate on our national forests and grasslands. The new categorical exclusions are based on intensive analysis of hundreds of environmental assessments and related data and when fully implemented will reduce process delays for routine activities by months or years.

The proposed update is open for public comment for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Public comments are reviewed and considered when developing the final rule. Instructions on how to provide comments are included in the online notice.

More information on the proposed rule change and how to comment is available on the Forest Service website.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Information Sought on Missing Person in Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is asking for the public’s help to locate a missing person.

Mark Sinclair, 66, was last seen at approximately 2:30 pm on Monday, July 8 on the Highline Trail at Rimrocks headed west.

Park staff working in the Logan Pass Visitor Center observed him leaving an unsecured vehicle, keys, and dog in the Logan Pass Parking Lot. Sinclair was wearing all gray or nondescript clothing (possibly in shorts), a yellow bandanna around his neck, a gray waist fanny backpack, and no hat. His hair is completely white and he may have a beard that is white as well. He is 5’8’’ and approximately 155 lbs.

If you have information about the missing person, please call 406-888-7077.

Sinclair is a recent resident of Whitefish, MT, and worked for a period of time earlier this summer at Glacier National Park.

Search efforts began on Tuesday morning, July 9, and are continuing by ground and air.

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Public Reminded to Be Bear Aware After Bear is Euthanized in Grand Teton

Grand Teton National Park staff strongly reminds visitors and local residents that proper storage of food items and responsible picnicking are vitally important in bear country. Picnickers should only have immediate use items out so that if a bear approaches, food items can be quickly gathered and the opportunity for the bear to receive a food reward is removed. Visitors should store food and scented items in bear-resistant food lockers that are located throughout the park or in a hard-sided vehicle.

A female sub-adult black bear was recently euthanized in Grand Teton for exhibiting food-conditioned behavior, and another female sub-adult black bear was relocated for habituated behavior. Both bears exhibited bold behaviors.

The decision to euthanize the bear was based on recent activities in which the bear exhibited no fear of humans and gained multiple, known food rewards. In mid-June, park staff responded to a report of a small black bear that made contact with a tent at Jenny Lake Campground. No property damage occurred.

Park staff began trapping operations with an intent to relocate the animal based on this habituated behavior. Efforts were unsuccessful.

In late June, several human-bear conflicts took place with this bear. On at least two occasions the bear approached or climbed on a picnic table and on four separate incidents the bear received a food reward, the last of which included taking over visitors’ picnic on the shore of Jenny Lake. Due to the bear exhibiting no fear of humans and receiving several food rewards, park managers made the decision to euthanize the bear.

In a separate incident, a sub-adult female black bear was recently relocated from the Moose-Wilson Corridor to another area of the park. The bear was observed approaching and putting its paws up on two vehicles in June. This bear may have exhibited similar behavior including receiving a food reward in 2017.

Once a bear acquires human food, it loses its fear of people and may become dangerous. Human carelessness doesn’t just endanger people; it can also result in a bear’s death. Please report any bear activity or human-bear interactions to a nearby park ranger or visitor center.

Park visitors are reminded to secure all bear attractants in campgrounds and other developed areas when not in immediate use. Do not burn waste in fire rings or leave litter in campsites.

Odors attract bears into campgrounds and picnic areas. Park visitors are reminded that regulations require that all food, garbage, pet food, coolers, and food containers (empty or full), and cookware (clean or dirty) be stored in a hard-sided vehicle with the windows rolled up or in a bear-resistant food locker when not in immediate use or attended to, day or night. Secure your food, garbage, and other scented items immediately upon arriving at your campsite or picnic area. Always keep your food within arm's reach and don't turn your back to your food. Picnickers should be prepared so if a bear is to approach, food items can be quickly gathered. Do not burn waste in fire rings or leave trash in campsites, and never intentionally feed bears or any other wildlife. For more information visit

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Camping Restrictions Now in Effect at Many Glacier

Effective immediately, camping at the Many Glacier Campground will be limited temporarily to hard-sided camping. This means that tents, sleeping hammocks, and soft-sided campers will not be permitted until further notice. Camper vehicles such as VW buses and pickup trucks with small canvas pop-ups are allowed as long as the canvas is not exposed.

The restriction for hard-sided camping only is the result of recent black bear activity.

On July 6, a black bear obtained a food reward after breaking into a public trashcan that was not closed properly near the Swiftcurrent Motor Inn. The same bear later pushed an empty dumpster, huffed around a tent at the Many Glacier Campground, jumped onto a picnic table, bit holes in a plastic water jug, attempted to break into two different recycling bins, and bit a plastic diesel fuel can in a pickup truck bed, causing a leak.

Park rangers responded but were unsuccessful in hazing efforts to encourage the bear to avoid areas frequented by humans. The National Park Service and Glacier National Park Lodges are also increasing garbage patrols to ensure that dumpsters are not left full overnight.

The park is attempting to trap the suspected black bear and tag it. Because of the number of black bears in the area, it may be difficult to identify which bear obtained the food reward, as the bear apparently did not have an ear tag.

Once bears have successfully obtained unnatural food from people or become accustomed to foraging in developed areas, it is very difficult to change their behavior to return to wild areas and natural food sources. Once they have received a human food reward, they often become a safety hazard as they become increasingly aggressive in seeking out and obtaining subsequent food rewards. In 1976, a conditioned grizzly bear dragged a camper from her tent in the Many Glacier Campground and killed her.

Glacier National Park has a proactive bear management program that seeks to prevent conditioning through public education, bear-wise waste management, aggressive enforcement of food storage regulations, and application of hazing and aversive conditioning techniques to teach bears to avoid humans and developed areas.

The park maintains a Volunteer Wildlife Brigade funded by donations to the Glacier National Park Conservancy. These volunteers along with volunteer campground hosts and paid staff work together to educate the public about bear safety and appropriate viewing distances.

People driving in the park should obey speed limits and watch for wildlife. At least two bears have been hit by cars in the last two weeks, and at least one injured bear from a car collision last year is still alive and showing signs of injury. Injured bears can pose an additional public safety hazard.

Visitors and residents are urged to learn more about the importance of food storage while living and recreating in bear country for bear and human safety.

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Expert Birders and Glacier National Park Staff will Lead Volunteers in an Alpine Bird BioBlitz

To celebrate the amazing birds of Glacier's alpine areas, the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center (CCRLC) and park wildlife staff are hosting the second Alpine Bird BioBlitz on Friday, July 19.

Participants will work alongside expert birders to collect important data on the presence and abundance of twelve of Glacier’s alpine bird species, some of which are species of concern. Species of concern are those that may be declining or are in need of conservation or monitoring to understand more about their status.

The Alpine Bird BioBlitz will occur at various designated locations accessible by hiking. Participants should be able to hike moderate to strenuous trails and have some prior birding experience.

Start time for most hiking destinations will be as early as 5:30 a.m. Early morning starts are necessary to ensure bird detections. End times will vary, with some hikes lasting into the late afternoon.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, visit

For more information, contact CCRLC at (406)-888-7986.

Glacier National Park Conservancy donors provide nearly all funding for the park’s citizen science program. Visit the Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center events page and Citizen Science press release for more information about other learning opportunities offered to the public this summer.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Injured Hiker Rescued After Falling 1200 Feet in Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park rangers rescued a hiker with serious injuries yesterday. At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Monday, July 8, Teton Interagency Dispatch Center received a call informing them of an injured hiker that fell near Paintbrush Divide.

Two individuals were day hiking in Paintbrush Canyon when one of the hikers, 35-year old Jarek Strzalkowski of Poland, residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, fell. Strzalkowski was hiking in snow and rock when he lost his footing and fell on the east side of Paintbrush Divide. He fell approximately 1,200 feet over snow fields and rock outcroppings toward Grizzly Bear Lake.

Strzalkowski’s hiking partner ascended the trail and was able to make an emergency 911 call and was connected to Teton Interagency Dispatch. Three park rangers were transported via Teton Interagency helicopter to close proximity and hiked to the injured hiker. Rangers assessed Strzalkowski’s injuries and stabilized him, and determined a short-haul extraction was needed. The injured hiker was flown to Lupine Meadows and transferred by air medical transport to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

While spring temperatures have melted out many of the trails at lower elevations in Grand Teton National Park, elevations above 9,000 feet in the Teton Range are still snow-covered. Hikers and climbers in these areas should carry both an ice axe and crampons and know how to use them or adjust your route. Please visit the Jenny Lake Ranger Station before backcountry trips for the most current route conditions.

Short-haul is a rescue technique where an individual or gear is suspended below the helicopter on a 150 to 250 foot rope. This method allows a rescuer more direct access to an injured party, and it is often used in the Teton Range where conditions make it difficult to land a helicopter in the steep and rocky terrain

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Motor vehicle crash stops traffic for nearly three hours on Going-to-the-Sun Road

Around 5 p.m. on Monday, the park responded to a report of a vehicle 40 feet down an embankment off the Going-to-the-Sun Road near Packer’s Roost, several miles below the Loop.

The vehicle had swerved to avoid another car stopped in the roadway to view a bear along the road. Park rangers performed a technical rescue for the people in the motor vehicle. Park sawyers cut down a number of trees so that a tow truck could remove the vehicle.

The three occupants of the car that went off the embankment were transported to the hospital in stable condition, two via ambulance and one via ALERT helicopter.

Also around 5 p.m. on Monday, park rangers responded to a call at Lake Josephine for a visitor who suffered an open ankle fracture after falling from a horse. Rescuers carried the patient to the trailhead, where an ALERT helicopter met them to take the injured rider to the hospital.

During these two incidents, the park also responded to a report of an infant locked in a car, two missing parties, a bear struck by a car on Highway 2 outside the park, a DUI arrest in Many Glacier, and an abandoned dog at Logan Pass Visitor Center.

Hundreds of vehicles and multiple shuttle buses were delayed along the Going-to-the-Sun Road during the motor vehicle accident response near Packer’s Roost. Park dispatch received numerous calls from family members concerned about delayed visitors on the road.

Because of the number of cars on the road during periods of high visitation, even minor accidents along the Going-to-the-Sun Road can delay traffic for hours while law enforcement response or rescue efforts are underway. Last year in early July, the Going-to-the-Sun Road was closed for several hours due to a vehicle collision at Triple Arches.

“Unexpected incidents in the park can have significant consequences for visitors,” said Glacier National Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. “Always carry extra food and water, even if you are not planning on hiking into the backcountry. You should always plan for the unplanned, including delays along the road or elsewhere.”

Glacier National Park law enforcement and emergency services incidents year to date are up 40 percent over 2018. Total calls for service are up 500 more calls year to date over 2018 figures.

Due to the increased number of calls, Mow remarked, “Visitors can help by planning their trips, communicating with their family members about their whereabouts, and being prepared to change their itineraries depending on current park conditions.”

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Monday, July 8, 2019

Foundation commits to major investment along Snake River in Grand Teton National Park

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act and the 10th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic designation of the headwaters of the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park Foundation is launching a multi-year campaign that will transform three popular river access points—Moose Landing, Pacific Creek Landing, and Jackson Lake Dam. Working in partnership with Grand Teton National Park, Snake River Gateways will address inadequate facilities and environmental damage to better connect people with this magnificent resource.

The project will enhance and refine the experience at each launch site. By improving the flow of people and watercraft, reclaiming sensitive natural areas, building capacity to address safety, and creating spaces for visitors of all abilities, Snake River Gateways will foster a greater appreciation for and advance stewardship of one of the most iconic waterways in the West. Work at the three locations will be guided by the Wild and Scenic Snake River Management Plan and reflect the designation’s standard for these rivers of distinction, including preservation of free-flowing conditions and water quality, as well as universal access and opportunities to connect with the river.

To date, the Foundation has secured $2 million toward the preliminary fundraising goal of $6 million. When combined with at least $2 million from the National Park Service, private philanthropy will provide a margin of excellence that would not be possible otherwise.

To learn more and support this effort, please click here.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Multi-Year Jenny Lake Renewal Project Completed

Grand Teton National Park and Grand Teton National Park Foundation hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony this past Wednesday to celebrate a multi-year, multi-million-dollar public-private partnership to renew the park's most popular destination-Jenny Lake.

Over the years, the area became greatly deteriorated as millions of visitors sought the famous views that define Jenny Lake. The cumulative damage threatened fragile habitat and prevented people with limited abilities from exploring all the area has to offer.

Jenny Lake's trails, bridges, key destinations, and visitor complex have transformed into a portal for discovery and now allow people with a wider range of abilities to connect with the park in meaningful, memorable ways. National Park Service crews dramatically improved access to iconic destinations such as Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls by building new stone steps, smoothing and leveling trails, and ensuring better drainage for rainwater and snowmelt. Work completed also reduces congestion and ambiguity by creating suggested directional trails, larger boat docks, increased restroom facilities, and designated areas to rest and take in the stunning views.

Most of all, hands-on interpretive elements like bronze 3-D relief maps, new signage, mountain viewing scopes, and a mobile application in its final stages of development blend both traditional and modern platforms to enrich the Jenny Lake experience for visitors of all ages and abilities.

"The transformation that has taken shape at Jenny Lake is truly amazing and would not have been possible without the incredible public-private partnership between the Foundation and the park," Grand Teton National Park Foundation President Leslie Mattson said. "We cannot wait for visitors to experience the renewed Jenny Lake area."

Grand Teton National Park Foundation launched the Inspiring Journeys Campaign for Jenny Lake in 2012 and completed the fundraising effort on August 25, 2016-the National Park Service's 100th birthday. The Foundation raised $14.5 million and the National Park Service contributed more than $6 million to make the ambitious vision a reality.

Grand Teton National Park Acting Superintendent Gopaul Noojibail said, "The Jenny Lake Renewal Project enhances recreational opportunities for all, including those with limited abilities, as well as addressing approximately $6.8 million of deferred maintenance. We are proud of this amazing public-private project that increased our capability to serve visitors as we move into a second century of stewardship."

By offering an enhanced understanding of the people, place, and preservation efforts that shaped Grand Teton, the Foundation and park hope the outcomes achieved in this project will inspire the next generation of park supporters and stewards for years to come.

Jenny Lake by the Numbers:

•Stone for all trails and masonry construction: 2,550 tons
•Square footage of dry-stacked stone wall: 4,915
•Miles of reconstructed trail: 5.2
•Stone drains: 63
•Cubic feet of stone causeway: 4,474
•Bridges built: 5
•Historic structures rehabilitated: 3

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Glacier National Park Hosts Map-a-Thon for Wildlife Crossings

Glacier National Park asks local residents to join an effort to record evidence of wildlife crossing over roads and rivers in the US Highway 2 corridor.

The park is hosting a “map-a-thon” to identify past wildlife crossings along the US Highway 2 corridor. Observations of any past animal crossings or attempted crossings can help identify potential locations for wildlife crossing structures or other mitigation efforts to help wildlife migrate safely throughout the larger Crown of the Continent region.

“We invite people who have seen wildlife crossing the highway and river corridor to share their observations on where, when, and which species they saw crossing the corridor,” said John Waller, a wildlife biologist in Glacier National Park. “We are interested in both common species such as deer, and less common species such as lynx, bears, or wolverines.”

Information the public has about wildlife crossing activity can be recent or from the more distant past, Waller said. Researchers also will document any details known about the crossing or attempted crossing.

US Highway 2 between West Glacier and East Glacier is an important transportation corridor and an important wildlife movement corridor that connects Glacier National Park and Flathead National Forest, including the Bob Marshall Wilderness complex. Glacier and "the Bob" provide over 2.5 million acres of protected area critical to many wildlife species.

In 2018, an interagency group of researchers and managers began a project to identify options for preserving migrations and movement of animals, plants, and ecological processes. For more information about the project, visit Keeping the Crown of the Continent Connected.

Researchers will host two free Wildlife Crossings Map-a-Thon workshops in July for the public to learn more about the project and report observations:

•Tuesday, July 9, 4:00 – 6:00 pm – Hungry Horse Ranger District US Forest Service Office
•Wednesday, July 17, 4:00 – 6:00 pm – East Glacier Lodge, Feather Room

Workshops will start with a short presentation about wildlife and highways. Then participants can report observations of any wildlife sightings along the Highway 2 corridor. Anyone with information about animals moving along the highway and river corridor (successfully or unsuccessfully) may meet with staff, who will record where the animals were seen and any other details available, such as season, time of day, or year.

Light refreshments will be served at the workshops.

Observations of animal crossing and movement in the Highway 2 corridor also may be shared with Brandon Kittson by emailing him at, by setting up an appointment with him, or by attending one of his “office hours” sessions:

•Wednesday, July 10, all day – Blackfeet Youth Days (All Chiefs Park)
•Thursday, July 18, 3:00-5:30 pm – Blackfeet Community College
•Monday, August 5, 11:00 am-2:00 pm – Blackfeet Community College
•Wednesday, August 7, 10 am-2:00 pm – Blackfeet Youth Days (Heart Butte)

Additional map-a-thon sharing opportunities will occur in West Glacier in August.

This summer and fall, Glacier National Park will host a number of other citizen science projects. The citizen science program allows participants to explore the park and learn about important park resources while collecting valuable data for park managers. Participants can help with several projects on an ongoing basis, or attend a one-time citizen science event.

See Citizen Science Opportunities and Trainings for 2019 for more information.

Glacier National Park Conservancy and its donors make this and other projects possible through their support.

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