Decision: Yellowstone to get 540 snowmobiles a day |

Decision: Yellowstone to get 540 snowmobiles a day

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) ” The National Park Service will limit snowmobile travel in Yellowstone National Park to 540 guided trips a day under a management decision issued Tuesday.

The decision, signed by Park Service Regional Director Mike Snyder, follows preliminary numbers the agency proposed on snowmobile travel. It also specifies the agency will allow Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone to remain open for snowmobiles.

That decision marked a reversal for the Park Service, which had proposed closing the pass because of avalanche danger.

The state of Wyoming and many area residents had protested the proposal. They said keeping the pass open was critical to recreation and the area economy.

Yellowstone will use helicopters and cannons to control avalanches on the pass this winter, agency officials said.

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