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With the opening of hunting seasons on lands surrounding Yellowstone National Park, hunters are reminded that hunting is not permitted within the park. Though most of the park boundary is well-marked, it is the responsibility of hunters to ensure they do not hunt within the park.

The Lacey Act and the Code of Federal Regulations strictly prohibit the killing or removal of any animal, living or dead, from inside Yellowstone. This includes animals shot legally outside the park that cross into and die within the park boundary. Taking and removing any animal parts, including shed antlers, is also prohibited.

People who legally possess firearms can carry them in Yellowstone National Park, though it is illegal to shoot them. The carry or use of other weapons such as bows, swords and pellet or BB guns is prohibited.

The transport of heads and spinal cords of deer, elk or moose that were taken in states known to have chronic wasting disease in wildlife is prohibited.

Game animal carcasses or parts may be transported through Yellowstone by motor vehicle on park roads only if they are covered or stored out of sight, accompanied by a transport permit from the National Park Service, and are bearing a valid state tag as evidence that the animal was taken legally outside of the park.

Transport permits must be secured before entering the park, and can be obtained at any park entrance.

Game animals cannot be transported on backcountry trails or stored overnight anywhere in the park, including campgrounds, parking lots, or at concession facilities.

Visitors or hunters who observe illegal hunting activity within the park should call the NPS tip line at 307-344-2132.

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