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Yellowstone superintendent won't consider visitor caps

The park is on pace to attract more than 4 million visitors for the fourth consecutive year.
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Visitors viewing bison near the road in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The new superintendent of Yellowstone National Park says he won't consider capping the number of visitors to the nation's first national park, which is on pace to attract more than 4 million visitors for the fourth consecutive year.

Cam Sholly told Montana Gov. Steve Bullock Tuesday that more visitation is good, but it's also important to protect and preserve the park's resources.

Sholly said he would consider testing a shuttle system to reduce traffic between West Yellowstone and Old Faithful.

Sholly is in his first week as park superintendent and is meeting with political leaders and residents of gateway communities to hear their perspectives on the park.

Bullock asked for Yellowstone to do more to inform its visitors about the state park experiences available in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.