July 24, 2009
The state of Wyoming is asking a federal judge to force Yellowstone National Park to allow up to 740 snowmobiles daily during winter, more than twice what the Obama administration wants.
The administration said Thursday it wants to cut the number of snowmobiles in the park to 318 daily. That would last for two years while a permanent rule is crafted on how many are allowed.
After an outright ban on snowmobiles was proposed by President Clinton in 2000, the number allowed has gone up and down according to competing court orders and power shifts in Washington.
A cap of 740 would be the same as what was allowed over the past several years.