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Spring Into Yellowstone

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CODY, WYOMING -

The town of Cody, including the Chamber of Commerce, the museums, private businesses, state and federal agencies are throwing a big party next month. It's called Spring Into Yellowstone. The community wants the world to know the Cody area is a great place to see wildlife.

Imagine seeing Big Horn Sheep so close, you can hear them eating grass. They are grazing next to the highway, and walking across it in the Shoshone Forest between Cody and Yellowstone. The area west of Cody is one of the best places in Yellowstone country to see grizzly bears, bison, moose, and wolves, often up close. To the East, herds of wild horses, and pronghorn are often visible roadside.

In 2013, people in Cody decided to let the world know about the abundant area wildlife, with the Spring Into Yellowstone Event.

The Cody Chamber Events Coordinator Tia Brown said, "It went over really well. It brought in 150 people from fourteen states and three countries."

The event features guided tours in and outside of Yellowstone, lectures by wildlife experts, a chance to see the only non- profit natural history museum that features Yellowstone's wildlife. Brown said the event has a lot of partners.

She started listing them, "Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Buffalo Bill Center of the West and the Draper Natural History Museum, BLM". In addition, there are at least eighteen private businesses and non-profits participating.

Brown says the celebration in the middle of May provides chances to see and photograph iconic wildlife, and their babies that are coming out in springtime. She said wildlife experts who know where to find them will take people there.

She listed the animals people could see: "Deer, elk, moose, grizzly bears, different kinds of birds, golden eagles, owls."

Brown said people from across the country, and other countries have already signed up. And, this year there's going to be a photography contest.

She explained, "And the twelve best will be selected for a calendar for 2015."

The Cody Spring Into Yellowstone Festival runs from May 14-18.

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