Bush Administration Pushes for Snowmobiles in Yellowstone — Again

The saga of snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park contains more twists and turns than a Grisham novel. Only without the sex. Or violence. But plenty of lawsuits! And snowmobiles! The latest: The Bush administration unveiled a plan today that would allow up to 720 snowmobiles into Yellowstone each day during the next three winters, and 140 snowmobiles in nearby Grand Teton National Park. The proposal — which the public can comment on until Sept. 20 — is sure to rile up local conservationists, who want a complete ban on the noisy vehicles in the parks. In June, the House of Representatives ruled against a snowmobile ban, and federal courts in Wyoming and Washington, D.C., are still considering lawsuits on the issue.