Snowmobile use at Yellowstone curtailed
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - 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 Park Service yesterday announced daily limits that will allow up to 318 snowmobiles and up to 78 snow coaches per day in the park for the next two winters.
The park has allowed up to 720 snowmobiles a day into the park over the past five winters, but actual use has been far less.
Al Nash, Yellowstone spokesman, said the park saw an average of 205 snowmobiles and 29 snow coaches last winter. The highest recorded day was 557 snowmobiles in December 2007.
Wyoming’s congressional delegation issued a joint news release blasting the decision.
“More people should be allowed in the park, not less,’’ Senator Mike Enzi said.