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Ruling on Snow(mobiles) from Afar

The snowmobiles may roar again through Yellowstone National Park tomorrow. Or, they may not.

It all depends on a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Emmett G. Sullivan. He's in Washington, D.C. writing an opinion today. "Snowmobile season" is set to start tomorrow in Yellowstone.

According to the Billings Gazette (in Montana) this Washington, D.C. Judge will rule on winter admission to a park in Wyoming, and I'm guessing the Judge has never seen Yellowstone on a snowmobile. Has anybody in this mess heard of venue?

But of course, it makes perfect sense. Why would you want someone who's at least seen Yellowstone to rule on it? Add to this long-distance lawsuit another challenge to the snowmobiles brought by the Fund for Animals out of New York. At at least the Fund has an office in Wyoming, and they may have even been to the park.

The Fund is concerned for the bison, who they claim can be injured on the roads groomed by the National Park Service for the snowmobiles. OK, I'll bite. How can bison be injured walking on a groomed road? To get to the other side?

During the Clinton era, snowmobiles were banned from the park. Bush has loosened the regulations, and brought on this challenge. His plan would allow 550 "cleaner and quieter" snowmobiles through Yellowstone each day, accompanied by guides.

Environmentalists want the snowmobiles banned altogether, allowing only things called snowcoaches, which to me look like a school bus. That way, they say, there will be the least environmental impact to the park.

And the least amount of fun. But no matter what the Judge rules (click here to check back), there are plenty of other trails to see. Don't forget to look at the trail conditions before you go. (I love the graphics on this last site).

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