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Sizable quake west of Yellowstone 

(WEST YELLOWSTONE)- A sizable quake rattled the mountains west of Yellowstone Park this morning, registering a 4.3 magnitude. 

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at 6:14 Monday morning with the epicenter about 32-miles west of West Yellowstone. That would put the quake's location north of the Continental Divide, in the Centennial Valley. 

That area is sparsely populated, and even an hour after the quake only a couple of people had reported feeling the quake to U.S.G.S.

The region on the west side of Yellowstone frequently has several small quakes per month, but Monday's quake was larger than usual.


Rangers confirm grizzly killed, partly consumed hiker in Yellowstone

(YELLOWSTONE N.P.)- Yellowstone National Park authorities are confirming a hiker who's body was found near Lake Village on Friday was the victim of a grizzly bear attack. 

A ranger discovered the man's partially consumed and cached body off the Elephant Back Loop Trail. While investigators haven't determined the exact cause of death, they say the victim had what appeared to be defensive wounds on his forearms. Based on the tracks at the scene, rangers believe an adult sow grizzly and at least one cub were likely involved. 

The park hasn't released the name of the victim until his family is notified. But rangers say the man was a resident of Montana and a long-term seasonal employee of Medcor, the concessionaire that operates three urgent care clinics in the park. 

Biologists have set up bear traps in the area and say the sow will be euthanized if she is caught. The trail remains closed in the meantime. 


Bison management plan meetings set

Dennis Bragg photo(BOZEMAN)- The latest effort to adjust plans for how wild bison are managed around Yellowstone National Park is being released, with interested ranchers, conservation groups and the general public being invited to view the details next week. 

The new draft plan is designed to replace the Interagency Bison Management Plan, which has been in place since 2011. Wildlife managers say the new plan is being written around the latest science and research, and what has been learned about the herd's migration in and out of the park the past several seasons. 

This plan, being developed by the National Park Service and the State of Montana uses six different alternatives that were outlined in recent public "scoping" efforts. 

The three meetings will give people a chance to review the initial work, with an open house where questions can be directed to NPS and FWP officials. 

The meetings will be held in Bozeman on June 2nd at the Hilton Garden Inn, June 3rd at the Gardiner School and June 4th at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone. 

The new plan could be finalized in 2017. 


Yellowstone visitors get safety warnings after recent accidents

YNP photo(WEST YELLOWSTONE)- Yellowstone National Park managers are warning visitors to be more aware of park hazards, including the risk of falling at park viewpoints, after a couple of serious accidents over the past week. 

A 71-year old man was attempting to take a picture of a sign Sunday at the Grand View overlook at the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, when he fell over the side. The man managed to stop his fall about 25-feet down a ravine, but was in danger of falling hundreds of feet to his death. 

A Technical Rescue crew managed to reach the man and hoist him to safety with a broken hip. 

The fall comes a year after an 8-year old girl was killed when she fell into the canyon last summer. 

Last week, a girl was gored when she got too close to a bison while trying to get a picture. 


Girl injured in bison attack

(WEST YELLOWSTONE)- Yellowstone National Park Rangers say a Taiwanese girl is recovering from serious, but not life-threatening injuries, after she was gored by a bison.

Park officials say the 16-year old exchange student was visiting the Upper Geyser Basin with her host family around noon Friday when the group got too close to the bison. Rangers say the group had gotten within 3-to-6 feet of the bison, and when the girl turned her back to have her picture taken, the bison lowered its head and then gored her. 

Rangers say when they arrived on the scene there was a group of people still within 10-feet of the grazing animal, but they managed to get the girl to safety. She was taken to the Old Faithful Clinic, treated and then airlifted out of the park for further care.