New Yellowstone boss named following predecessor’s ouster

FILE - This March 23, 2015 file photo shows Head of the National Park Foundation Dan Wenk, at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington. Wenk, who has been superintendent of Yellowstone since 2011, announce Friday, June 1, 2018, he would be retiring next March.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais,File)

Jun 13, 2018

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A new superintendent has been named for Yellowstone National Park after his predecessor said he was being forced out by the Trump administration.

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The Department of Interior announced Wednesday that Cameron “Cam” Sholly will replace Dan Wenk, who had been superintendent since 2011. No start date was given.

Sholly served as Midwest regional director for the park service since 2015. Interior officials say he’s been involved in reintroducing wolves to Isle Royale National Park, the renovation of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and efforts to improve relations with Native Americans.

Wenk planned to retire next March but was told last week he would be gone by August. Wenk said his ouster followed disagreements with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over management of the park’s world-famous bison herds.

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