In 2015, about how many people visited Yellowstone National Park?
about 4 million
More than 4 million visitors witnessed Yellowstone's glory in 2015 alone. As the number of visitors increases, park managers struggle to find a balance between the wilderness experience and huge influxes of tourists.
During the worst of the 1988 wildfire, how many firefighters were in the area trying to keep the conflagration under control?
Around 9,000 firefighters were called to the scene to try and slow the immense fire and thousands of military personnel assisted the effort as well. The fire was so big that the smoke could be seen drifting through the atmosphere hundreds of miles from the park.
After the park was established, tourists were captured and killed by Native Americans within the park boundaries.
In 1877, a group of Nez Perce Indians being chased by the U.S. military snagged unsuspecting tourists for a short time. Two of the tourists were killed. Eventually, the band of natives surrendered at the end of the so-called Nez Perce War.
About how many people have died due to the park's geothermal hot springs and geysers?
More people die from Yellowstone's hot springs than bears. Some people accidentally slip and fall into the boiling-hot pools; others make the mistake of thinking the springs are safe for a warm bath -- they are, in fact, treacherous places to take a dip.
Which month of the year is the busiest in terms of tourism?
During the warm summer months, when school is out of session, many millions of people make their treks to the park. July is the busiest month, and in some years perhaps 1 million people visit during that 31-day span.
Park authorities allow all wildfires within the boundaries to burn themselves out naturally.
All human-caused fires are battled. Those started by natural causes, on the other hand, are subject to review. Wildfires are a necessary part of the ecosystem's cycle and often help to reinvigorate areas o old growth.
If a tourist sleeps in one of the park's developed campgrounds, what are the odds of him or her being attacked by a bear?
about 1 in 23 million
Bears aren't interested in conflict with humans, particularly in the park's developed areas. Your chance of being attacked in those areas is only around 1 in 23 million. You're much more likely to be hurt in a car accident navigating the throngs of nature-crazed visitors.