Wildlife

Bears Are Out and About in Grand Teton National Park

Spring visitors to Grand Teton National Park, here's your warning: the park's bears are out, about, and hungry.

Spring Nesting Season at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Breeds Vandalism

In what's being called the "first deliberate vandalism incident" of the spring nesting season at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, someone drove through a resource closure area set up to protect a nesting pair of American Oystercatchers.

Forum Created To Help Further Protection Of Migratory Species

Almost like stepping stones in a stream, national parks play a key role in protecting migratory species as they move back and forth between the United States and Central and South America. They are in many ways both resting areas and protected areas where species can recharge as they migrate.

Democrats Introduce "Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act" To Help Wildlife Cope With Climate Change

With some impacts of climate change already evident, and others projected, wildlife will need a means to move across the landscape to cope with the changes. With that in mind, two Democratic congressmen have introduced legislation to identify and protect wildlife corridors across the country.

Bat at Great Smoky Mountains National Park Tests Positive for White Nose Syndrome Fungus

Bat with WNS.
The news from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to start the week wasn't good: a bat in the park has tested positive for Geomyces destructans, the fungus and the presumptive causative agent of White Nose Syndrome (WNS). WNS has killed over 90% of the bats in many caves in the Northeast.

Crews Searching For Fishers in Yosemite National Park

Olympic National Park has been a relatively successful landscape for a program to restore a stable population of fishers on the landscape. Against that success, biologists are wondering how Yosemite National Park's fisher population is doing.

Condor Chick is First to Hatch at Pinnacles National Monument in Over a Century

Condor with egg. NPS photo.
There's good news in the effort to bring the California condor back from the brink of extinction: Biologists at Pinnacles National Monument have verified the first successful hatching of a condor egg in the park in over 100 years.

National Park Service in Alaska Takes Steps To Counter State's Approach to Wildlife Management

In moves designed to counter Alaska's current approach to wildlife management, National Park Service officials in that state are instituting hunting and trapping bans to protect wolves and bears in their parks and preserves.

Yellowstone National Park's Wolves Seem to Prefer Elk Loin Over Goose Breast

When wolves in Yellowstone National Park are hungry, they overwhelmingly choose elk, not goose, from the park's wildlife menagerie, according to studies of the predators. And they could care less about the revered status of bald eagles.

Even The Lowly Prairie Dog Has Its Day at Bryce Canyon National Park

Consider the lowly prairie dog. Food for black-footed ferrets and eagles, maligned by ranchers, victims of plague. Well, even these lowly critters have their day, and it's April 30 at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.

Can Hunting of Grizzly Bears in British Columbia Hurt Grizzly Populations in Glacier National Park?

Should we care that grizzly bears are hunted in British Columbia? The Natural Resources Defense Council and the David Suzuki Foundation think so, saying those hunts could end up harming grizzly populations on this side of the US-Canadian border.

Eaglets Hatched At Channel Islands National Park

Forgive the staff at Channel Islands National Park if they popped open some champagne this past weekend. It turns out that a pair of bald eagles on Santa Cruz Island are the parents of two eaglets.

Rangers At Devils Tower National Monument Watching For Nesting Prairie Falcons

While peregrine falcons are the main birds of concern at some Eastern parks, in Wyoming the rangers at Devils Tower National Monument are keeping an eye out for prairie falcons that might be nesting.

Has Winter's Unusually Cold Weather Tamped Down Python Population in Everglades National Park?

Has this winter's unusually cold weather in Florida tamped down the python population in Everglades National Park?

National Park Service, Alaska Game Officials Publicly Settle Differences Over Wolf Killings

In a joint release, officials for the National Park Service and the Alaska Fish and Game Department have publicly resolved their differences over the killings of radio-collared wolves that roamed in and out of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.

Yellowstone National Park Developing "Native Fish Conservation Plan"

Cutthroat trout, LeHardy Rapids, Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park long has been renowned for its "museum quality" cutthroat trout fishery. Sadly, that fishery is in danger of collapse due to non-native lake trout. There are other threats to Yellowstone's fisheries, though, and that's why the park is developing a Native Fish Conservation Plan.

Mount Minsi Closed at Delaware Water Gap NRA For Nesting Raptors

You can add Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to the list of units in the National Park System where a temporary closure is in place to give nesting raptors some privacy.

Updated: NPS Employee Sentenced For Guiding Moose Hunt in Denali National Park and Preserve

An Alaska hunting guide who conducted a moose hunt in Denali National Park and Preserve has been fined $7,000 and placed on probation for three years.

House Republicans Say Interior Secretary's Proposed Snake Ban Bad for Business

Republican members on the House Natural Resources Committee seem never to be at a loss for words when it comes to Democratic initiatives. This week the GOP members are shaking their heads over Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's efforts to get a grip on invasive snakes invading national parks in Florida.

Wild Horses in a Georgia Wilderness? Cumberland Island National Seashore Completes Annual Count

Wild horses at Cumberland Island
Wild horses in a NPS site in Georgia? That may come as a surprise, but they've been in the area for centuries. The annual census of wild horses at Cumberland Island National Seashore has just been completed. How's the park's population of untamed equines doing these days?

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Recruiting for "Elk Bugle Corps"

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials once again are looking for volunteers to help them manage both people and elk in the Cataloochee Valley on the North Carolina side of the park.

Elk, Bison Populations in Yellowstone National Park Said To Be Stable

Yellowstone bison, Northern Range, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Late-winter surveys of elk and bison herds in Yellowstone National Park show the animals are maintaining relatively stable populations compared to recent years, according to park biologists.

NPCA: Independent Review Shows Wolf Population Goals Too Low in Washington State

Wolf population targets laid out in a draft management plan by Washington Department of Fish and Game officials are too low to sustain a viable population, according to some independent scientists who reviewed the proposal.
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Updated: Alaska 'Gunners' Wipe Out Wolf Pack From Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve

Helicopter-borne Alaskan predator control agents have killed an entire wolf pack from Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, prompting the National Parks Conservation Association to call for immediate suspension of the program near the national preserve.

Strutting Sage Grouse Lead to Temporary Closures at Grand Teton National Park

A temporary access closure has been implemented in Grand Teton National Park from now until mid-May to protect sage grouse during their mating period.

Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List Loggerhead Turtle Species As Endangered

Loggerhead sea turtles, one of four turtle species that have come ashore to nest from Cape Hatteras National Seashore south to Gulf Islands National Seashore, are not doing well, population-wise. The species currently is being proposed for listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act.
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Celebrate National Wildlife Week In Your Favorite National Park

Are you looking for a fun way to kick start your spring and get involved in your community? Do you want to pull your kids away from a monitor or TV screen and help them appreciate wildlife? How about simply looking for an excuse to get lost in nature? The National Wildlife Federation has the answer: Celebrate National Wildlife Week, March 15-21!

Comments Being Taken on Proposal To Stop Importation, Transportation of Burmese Pythons

The public comment period is now open on a proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ban the importation and interstate transportation of the Burmese python and eight other larger constrictor snakes.

Temporary Climbing Closures In Place at Rocky Mountain National Park to Protect Nesting Raptors

Some temporary climbing closures have been placed into effect in Rocky Mountain National Park to give raptors some relative peace and quiet during their nesting season.

Grizzly Bears on the Move In Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park grizzlies, NPS photo.
Well, the bears are waking up in Glacier National Park. Since the start of the month there have been three separate sightings of tracks, and at least one bruin was compelled to dig a hole in the Belly River area.
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