By Associated Press
Cheyenne, Wy – A judge in Wyoming says he has no authority to block a federal plan to reduce snowmobile traffic in Yellowstone National Park this winter.
Wednesday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Clarence Brimmer may
mean no more than 318 snowmobiles will be allowed in the park each
day this winter. Last year, the park allowed 720 snowmobiles.
The number of snowmobiles that should be allowed in the world's
first national park has been the subject of a long, convoluted
Snowmobile proponents, including the state of Wyoming, say the
activity is important to the economies of communities around the
park during the winter. Environmentalists contend the machines
cause noise and air pollution in the park.