- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Mont. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park saw nearly 445,000 visitors in May, a 15 percent increase over a year ago.

In fact, the total number of visitors counted through the end of May - nearly 594,000 - is more than 14 percent over last year’s record rate.

The National Park Service says the most striking increase in vehicle traffic was that 594 buses entered the park last month, a 48 percent increase over May 2015.

Park managers say the increased visitation is likely influenced by the park service’s centennial year, marketing and tourism promotions in Montana and Wyoming and lower gas prices.

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