Interior Dept. proposes Yellowstone snowmobile cap

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Billings, Mont. (AP) - The Obama Administration is proposing to cut by more than half the number of snowmobiles allowed in Yellowstone National Park, marking yet another policy swing for an issue that's been unresolved for more than a decade.

Interior Department Spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff says the proposal announced Thursday would allow 318 snowmobiles and 78 multi-passenger snowcoaches daily for the next two winters.

That's down from 720 snowmobiles per day allowed last winter. That cap was never reached.

The question of how many snowmobiles are appropriate for the nation's first national park has sparked political and legal skirmishing since the Clinton Administration, when an outright ban was proposed.

The public will be invited to weigh in on the latest proposal during a 45-day comment period.

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