Yellowstone fee proposal passes Wyoming Senate

Fee proposal meant to deal with issues like wildlife collisions, disease and migration routes.

Published on March 8, 2018 9:51AM


CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming state Senate has passed a proposal to collect a fee at Yellowstone National Park to fund wildlife conservation efforts in the states surrounding the park.

The measure, which also involves neighboring Grand Teton National Park, was approved on 28-2 vote Wednesday. It now heads back to the House for consideration of changes made by the Senate.

Proponents say the idea is to generate money for Wyoming, Montana and Idaho to deal with issues like wildlife collisions, disease and migration routes.

The Wyoming resolution does not specify how the fee would be assessed or what the amount would be.

Since only the federal government can impose fees in national parks, the resolution seeks to start a conversation between the three states and federal officials.



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