Wildlife

UPDATED: Black Bear Put Down in Great Smoky Mountains National Park For Being Habituated

An aggressive black bear has led Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials to close the Mount Le Conte backcountry shelter and trails to the Cliff Tops area.

Restoring The Marinescape At Biscayne National Park

The deafening roar of the 225-horsepower Mercury engine propelled our skiff across the turquoise expanse of Biscayne Bay. It was hard to imagine that less than an hour earlier I’d been sipping a café cubano in the heart of downtown Miami. Here we were though, making headway toward an offshore reef to explore some of South Florida’s renowned marine habitat.

Teenager Posing For Picture Gored By Bison At Yellowstone National Park

A 16-year-old exchange student was recovering Saturday from being gored by a bison at Yellowstone National Park. Park officials say the Taiwanese girl sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries when she was gored in the Old Faithful area.

Forests At Valley Forge National Historical Park Coming Back After Deer Culling

Five years of culling deer at Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania has succeeded in reducing over-browsing of the park's forests and allowed them to rebound with growth, according to park officials.

Moose Population In Voyageurs National Park Holding Steady

Steady is a good thing at Voyageurs National Park, where the resident moose population is holding constant with estimates from the past five years, according to wildlife biologists.

Petition Urges Interior Secretary To Intervene Over Killings Of Denali National Park Wolves

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being urged by more than 100,000 petitioners to intervene to halt the killings of wolves that wander out of Denali National Park in Alaska.

Centennial Challenge Funding Will Help Move Two Yellowstone Projects Forward

A mix of federal and private funding will help move two significant projects forward at Yellowstone National Park, including one that will help improve native cutthroat trout fisheries.

Celebrate Migratory Bird Day By Birding At Grand Teton National Park

As the calendar falls deeper and deeper into spring, more and more birds are passing through the National Park System. And on May 9, in honor of Migratory Bird Day, you can bird with a ranger at Grand Teton National Park.

Black Bears And Humans Don't Mix At Olympic National Park's Enchanted Valley

An area popular with hikers in Olympic National Park has also turned popular with some black bears, leading park officials to halt camping in the Enchanted Valley area.

Gain Some Respect For Bears At Cumberland Gap National Historical Park

In the late 1700s when Daniel Boone came through the Cumberland Gap and into the land that would eventually become the state of Kentucky, black bears were common and brought the respect of settlers coming through. Today at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park staff is working to see that today's visitors to this landscape continue to respect the bears.

Tule Elk Deaths At Point Reyes National Seashore Bring Charges Of Mismanagement

Charges of wildlife mismanagement by the staff at Point Reyes National Seashore are being leveled in the wake of the deaths of more than 200 Tule elk caused, apparently, by a lack of water inside their fenced preserve.

Mountain Lake At Presidio Growing In Diversity With Recovery Of Stickleback Fish And Other Species

With a multi-year cleanup completed, efforts are now under way to return native species that once called Mountain Lake to the lake that's on the grounds of the Presidio in San Francisco.

National Park Service Sued Over Potential For Grizzly Deaths At Grand Teton National Park

Human encroachment, elk feedlots, and climate change increasing are puttin pressure on the survival of grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and the annual elk reduction hunt at Grand Teton National Park is an unnecessary stressor that is impacting the bears' survival in the ecosystem, according to a lawsuit filed against the National Park Service, Interior Department, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Bighorn Sheep Released Into Both Yosemite And Sequoia National Parks

There are more hooves clattering across the rocky high country of Yosemite and Sequoia national parks thanks to a multi-agency effort to bolster bighorn sheep populations in the parks.

Glacier National Park Employee Cited For Not Controlling Dog That Led To Mountain Lion's Death

A Glacier National Park employee has been cited for failing to maintain control of a dog that got into a fight with a mountain lion that led to the lion being shot to death by a park ranger.

National Park Service Hopes To "Round Up" Geese On National Mall, Herd Them Elsewhere

Dogs -- man's best friend -- are the hoped for solution to flocks of wandering Canada Geese that are fouling grounds of the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Spotted Salamanders, Newts, And Other Critters On The Move At Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

You could call it the "Rise of the Amphibians," but at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area it's simply a seasonal event: the rise of spotted salamanders, newts, and other critters that are in an amorous mood and on the move.

Glacier National Park Ranger Shoots Mountain Lion Tangling With Dog

A fight between a mountain lion and a dog at Glacier National Park came to an end when a park ranger shot and killed the big cat after efforts to separate the two animals failed.

Wrestling Bears At Katmai National Park, The Video

Bears 32 Chunk (darker brown) and 89 Backpack (grizzled brown) spar in an extended play fight.

The Florida Wildlife Corridor Expedition: Charting A Course For Wildlife Preservation

Trekking over 1,000 miles through dense Florida jungles, coastal waterways, and tropical swamplands, the Florida Wildlife Corridor expedition team are charting a geographic path for wildlife migration and environmental preservation.

Agencies Working To Replace Interagency Bison Management Plan For Yellowstone National Park

For the next three months state and federal agencies will take public ideas how on best to manage bison that leave Yellowstone National Park, the first step in replacing the Interagency Bison Management Plan adopted in 2000.

UPDATED: Ailing 706-Pound Leatherback Sea Turtle Comes Ashore At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Euthanized

An obviously ailing leatherback sea turtle discovered on a beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina had to be put down, due to the unlikelihood that it would survive in captivity and was too sick to be released back into the Atlantic Ocean.

Wolves Wander From Grand Portage Indian Reservation To Isle Royale National Park And Back

A pair of wolves whose home range is on the Grand Portage Indian Reservation in Minnesota recently used an ice bridge to cross 14 miles over Lake Superior to Isle Royale National Park, where they wandered for five days before returning to the mainland.

Parks Canada To Return Plains Bison To Banff National Park

Plains bison, an icon of wild landscapes, will be returned to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, in an effort to bring the "missing link" back to the park's wildlife ecosystem.
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Op-Ed| Let's Bring Grizzly Bears Back To The North Cascades

Should grizzly bears be allowed to recover their presence in the North Cascades? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service are holding a series of meetings on a Grizzly Bear Restoration Environmental Impact Statement that examines whether they should work toward grizzly bear recovery in the region. In the following opinion piece, Rob Smith, senior director of the National Parks Conservation Association's Northwest Region, speaks out in favor of the bears' recovery.

Some Long Missing Species Returning To Cape Cod National Seashore

Some wildlife species long forgotten at Cape Cod are returning to the national seashore in numbers both attracting fascination as well as consternation.

Areas of Rocky Mountain, Zion National Parks Closed For Nesting Raptors

With spring, and warmer weather, around the corner, raptors will soon be nesting on the cliffs and crags of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado and Zion National Park in Utah, and so temporary closures have been put in place in the two parks.

Lone Wolf Prompts Voyageurs National Park Staff To Reroute Snowmobile Trail

A lone wolf that seems intrigued by snowmobilers has prompted Voyageurs National Park staff to reroute some snowmobile trails as a safety precaution.

With Harbor Seals Pupping, Some Areas Of Point Reyes National Seashore Off-Limits

With pupping season arriving for harbor seals at Point Reyes National Seashore in California, some areas of the seashore will be off-limits to visitors for the next four months.

White-Nose Syndrome Creating "Wildlife Crisis" For Bat Deaths At Mammoth Cave National Park

White-nose syndrome, a disease deadly to bats and with no known cure, has created a "wildlife crisis" at Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky, where some bat species have declined as much as 80 percent compared to 2013 population counts, according to park officials.
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