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Mark Davis

Hidden in the hardscrabble margins near Heart Mountain and on Polecat Bench is a special bird: the long-billed curlew. And one man has dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of this threatened species.

From the banks of Yellowstone Lake, visitors snap selfies and landscapes in one of the most beautiful areas in the park, taking in the snow-covered peaks and wildlife-viewing thrill.

As Wyoming returns to gray wolf hunting, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department is taking it slow.

“We’re intentionally being conservative,” said Ken Mills, wolf specialist for Game and Fish.

The bad news: If you’re waiting for the rivers to clear to begin fishing, you’ll probably be waiting until late July or early August, depending on the amount of rainfall between now and then.

The good news is the rest of the fishing forecast.

By the time Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk got to the podium on Monday, he had already had an earful about possible road closures affecting the East Gate.

If John Gallagher can’t inspire you to go play in the dirt, there might be something wrong with you.

Daniel Bradford was the first out of the gate as the East Entrance to Yellowstone opened Friday morning at 8 a.m. sharp. The Cody resident arrived at the gate at 6:30 a.m., but he’d already had an eventful trip by the time he arrived at the front of the line.

We could hear western meadowlarks singing as we crossed the Wyoming border on I-80 in our overloaded truck. But our excitement of closing in on our new home soon turned to white-knuckled driving.

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