Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wildlife Conflicts

Ada Montague, planner for Gallatin County, takes off running to complete the final stretch of Day 3, ending in West Yellowstone. The entire last leg along Hebgen Lake and bordering Yellowstone National Park is through prime bear and bison habitat. The conflicts that can arise between wildlife and recreationalists is another challegene that needs to be considered. In addition, the final part of the route was entirely along Highway 287. While the shoulder was sufficient for safety, the experience was less than ideal. The thought occured that possibly a trail connection between the Hebgen Lake community and West Yellowstone might be a good idea. However, it could increase the amount of wildlife conflicts.

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