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Fri October 15, 2004
National Park Snowmobile Ban Rejected
Laramie, Wy – A federal judge based out of Cheyenne has struck down the Clinton-era ban on snowmobiling in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Judge Clarence Brimmer says the Clinton ban did not take into account the views of people in Wyoming and violated several federal laws.
Attorney General Pat Crank says he is pleased with the decision but says it is tragedy that business owners and people planning vacations have not known with certainty if there would be snowmobiling in the parks over the last two years. He expresses disappointment with the Park Service for failing to come up with better rules, both under the Clinton and Bush administrations.
Crank says the new rules for snowmobiling could come out as soon as November. Proponents of the snowmobiling ban in the parks say the undisputed fact in all studies is that phasing out snowmobiles is best for human health and for protecting the park and wildlife.