Judge considers Yellowstone snowmobile cap | VailDaily.com

Judge considers Yellowstone snowmobile cap

Associated Press Writer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A federal judge says he may not have authority to block the federal government’s plan to reduce snowmobile traffic in Yellowstone National Park and neighboring federal lands.

The State of Wyoming wants U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer of Cheyenne to block the National Park Service from enacting a temporary plan for Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well as for the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway.

The Park Service last month announced that it plans to limit snowmobiles to 318 per day while it drafts a permanent plan. Brimmer had earlier set the daily limit at 720 snowmobiles.

The judge says he may no longer have authority to act on the state’s request because a conservation group has appealed his earlier ruling.

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