Yellowstone considers limiting the number of visitors

Posted at 11:05 PM, Sep 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 15:03:01-04

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - The National Park Service is considering making drastic changes to how Yellowstone National Park is managed.

On any given day in our nation’s first national park, visitors can expect long lines and terrible traffic jams.  With the rise in visitors, Yellowstone has also seen an influx of people getting to close to wildlife.

More than 4 million people visited Yellowstone in 2015 and the National Park Service tells 6 On Your Side they expect to shatter that record number in 2016.

The traffic jams and rise in visitor and wildlife confrontations have the NPS considering taking action, including limiting the number people allowed into Yellowstone each day.

“Nothing is off the table and our superintendant has been very vocal about the fact that we would consider limits if they were in the best interest of the park.” Said Yellowstone Spokeswoman Charissa Reid.

Currently Yellowstone managers are studying the amount of people and traffic in the park. They tell us they don’t expect to make a decision anytime soon, but are looking at all options to enhance visitor experiences in Yellowstone.