Yellowstone can't say how many unexploded shells lie above Sylvan Pass, or how to find them

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  • Updated: June 13, 2013 - 9:27 AM

JACKSON, Wyo. — An unknown number of dud artillery rounds litter the slopes above a remote pass inside Yellowstone National Park, but there are no plans to find and safely detonate them or stop the avalanche control program that uses artillery shells to keep the pass open during the winter.

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beaver88Jun. 13, 1310:05 AM

Easy solution. Make the snowmobilers and coaches each pay the $710 per for each trip. This is ridiculas.

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davehougJun. 13, 1311:45 AM

Aren't there timed shells available instead of impact detonation? There would be a lot fewer duds if both impact and time would detonate a shell. But save $ on a shell and spend $$$$ finding the duds, it all depends which budget gets dinged.

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timandtiaJun. 14, 13 9:48 AM

Keep the snowmobiles out of there - all they do is disturb the precious animals within the park. I am sure that they can run their snowmobiles up and down their roads at home! Why don't people understand the winter is a "tough" time for animals? I just don't get it.

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rynoliteJun. 14, 13 1:05 PM

I really have to wonder if it is worth it for only 176 snowmobiles the whole winter. Heck, we get more than that in one day on some of our MN trails.

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myob_STJun. 14, 13 7:10 PM

I agree that the wildlife there is far more important than snowmobiling, but isn't this sort of a non-story? If the area is not open to the public, and none have exploded, the problem is . . . what, again?

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