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Last year, a record 4.1 million people visited Yellowstone National Park, resulting in two-hour waits at the West Yellowstone entrance during peak season. Even more visitors are expected this year, the centennial of the National Park Service. Already this season, a number of unfortunate human-wildlife interactions and other questionable visitor choices have been reported.

Should visitation in the park be limited or otherwise restricted?

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Colette Hatlee, Big Sky

“Maybe there should be more tour buses instead of just cars. People are more contained in tour buses.

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Dave House, Big Sky

“Something has to be done. I don’t know what it is. Years ago, there was a study done on a railroad through the park … Zion National Park has one and it’s very effective. I believe Yosemite has instituted one as well. It’s too bad we can’t hand-pick our tourists.”

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Trish Loomis, Big Sky

“I say don’t limit it, go for it…Maybe you should be able to make a reservation ahead of time. You don’t want animals to be injured like with the people who picked up the baby bison.”

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Linda Meade, Big Sky

“I’m torn because I think if you come so far you should be able to go in…Maybe [restrict entry or require reservations] just during the peak season. But it’s not the peak season and silly stuff is still happening.”

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