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Yellowstone chief says no need for park visitors to make reservations

The superintendent said one idea that has merit is testing an internal bus system to ferry visitors between major attractions within the park.
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, a large bison blocks traffic as tourists take photos of the animals in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park in Wyo. A federal report shows visitors to Yellowstone National Park spent nearly $513 million in neighboring communities last year. The report last week from the National Park Service indicates the spending by the park's 4.1 million visitors supported nearly 7,100 jobs in the area in 2018. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — Yellowstone National Park's top administrator says visitors aren't harming the park's natural resources and he sees no need to require reservations to limit crowds.

The Cody Enterprise reported Wednesday that superintendent Cam Sholly also said he doesn't believe the park needs to set up a bus system from surrounding communities to reduce car traffic inside the park.

Sholly acknowledged that some areas of the park suffer from traffic jams and need attention. He said one idea that has merit is testing an internal bus system to ferry visitors between major attractions within the park.

Yellowstone had 4.1 million visitors last year, the fifth highest among all national parks.

Sholly says surveys show first-time visitors are generally happy with their experience, but some return visitors are frustrated with traffic jams.

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