There is a lot of deep snow-

The west entrance has been open for some time, but the East Entrance opened May 6 to five feet of snow. The southern gate of the Park from Jackson Hole and the Tetons will open May 13. There is deep snow here too, especially at Lewis River Divide.

The penned bison at the north boundary have been released. Hopefully they will go into the Park where grass is greening in the small lower elevation portion near the Yellowstone and Gardner Rivers.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

5 Responses to Yellowstone’s east gate opens. Southern on Friday

  1. avatar Jon Way says:

    I thought the bison now had 75,000 acres to the north for times like this?

  2. avatar Nancy says:

    +Bison should be allowed to come into the state just like elk and grizzly bears and anything else,” said Glenn Hockett with the Gallatin Wildlife Association. Let’s fence out where there are problems, create a corridor where bison can get through and get them to a winter range++

    Ralph – for those of us that can’t quite grasp the areas, migration routes, etc. in dispute, is there anyway you, Ken or Brian can put up a map?
    Be interesting to know how much of that historic range is now or has been, developed or “ranched off” preventing those “thousands :)” of bison from doing what they’ve been doing for eons.

    In the last couple of weeks, I’ve watched a couple hundred head of elk, in large and small groups, move back into my area ( like they’ve been doing since I moved here close to 20 years ago)

    I’d be willing to guess their “corridor” of downed fencelines back to summer pasture here is easy each year, because the ranchers in the area, aren’t gonna waste time or energy on repairing fences in the winter when the elk exit the area come fall.

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