Wildlife

Glacier National Park Gets OK to Remove Non-Native Lake Trout From Quartz Lake

Glacier National Park officials have received approval to move forward with a plan to remove non-native lake trout from Quartz Lake. Now the hard work begins.

Climate Change and National Parks: A Survival Guide For a Warming World

The effects of climate change have been visible for years in our national parks. Glaciers are disappearing faster than scientists had predicted even a few years ago. Native trees and animals are losing ground because changing temperature and weather patterns are making the availability of food, water and shelter less certain.

Death Valley National Park Working To Protect Fish That Live in 90-Degree Hot Spring

A tiny fish, one that lives in a 90-degree hot spring within a limestone cave and whose fate once was pondered by the U.S. Supreme Court, is now the focus of a Death Valley National Park plan designed to help the species avoid extinction.

Judge Mulling Request To Address Yellowstone National Park's Wandering Bison

When last we left the issue of free-roaming bison in Yellowstone National Park, there was controversy over how the animals were being "hazed" back into the park from a place called the Horse Butte Peninsula in Montana. Now the Montana Stockgrowers Association has gone to court to force the hazing to follow a more specific schedule, even though no cattle are grazed on the land in question.

World's Wildlife Populations Are Struggling Despite Global Pledges to Protect Biodiversity

Seven years ago, governments around the world pledged to achieve a "significant reduction" in the ongoing loss of biodiversity by 2010. Unfortunately, the latest IUCN report says that goal will not be met, and that the wildlife crisis is greater than the world's economic crisis.

Peregrine Falcons Successfully Raise Six Chicks at Acadia National Park

Falcon chicks.
Peregrine falcons at Acadia National Park have successfully raised six fledglings this spring, and now that the young birds have begun flying from the nest, a park trail that was closed to protect the nest and chicks has reopened.

Take Care if You're Visiting Alaska National Parks, As Bears Aren't Being Bashful

Two recent bear incidents in national parks in Alaska should send a message to all visitors that they have to be particularly vigilant when traveling in bear country.

Exporting "Rangering": Working To Help Nicaraguans Safeguard Rare Hawksbill Turtles

Who would have figured the stir that a couple of turtles would generate? I was in Nicaragua in late June working with community rangers who are employees of a non-governmental organization known as Paso Pacífico. I was on a beach observing something I had never seen before, something that hardly anyone gets to witness these days. Two hawksbill turtles had come ashore to nest on the beach that Paso Pacífico’s rangers patrol.

The Great Annual Fish Count at Biscayne National Park

Snorkelers on Elkhorn Coral in Biscayne National Park
Do you like to scuba dive or snorkel? Can you count? Maybe you'd like to be part of the Great Annual Fish Count at Biscayne National Park in Florida. It will be held on Saturday, July 25.

How To Avoid A Bear Attack in the Great Outdoors, The Cartoon

Sometimes humor is the best approach, wouldn't you agree? That's the approach the folks at Howcast Studios took with their playful video, "How to Avoid a Bear Attack."

Big Cypress National Preserve Proposal Would Greatly Expand Hunting, ORV Use To the Detriment of Florida Panthers

A proposal drafted by planners at Big Cypress National Preserve would greatly expand hunting and off-road vehicle use in the preserve, moves that would pose a "moderate adverse" impact to the endangered Florida panther.

Campground at Joshua Tree National Park Closed due to Swarming Bees

Joshua tree.
Officials at Joshua Tree National Park in California announced that the Jumbo Rocks Campground has been temporarily closed due a rather unusual wildlife safety problem - swarming bees.

Wind Cave National Park Rangers to Lead Night Hikes To Search For Black-footed Ferrets

It's hard to see black-footed ferrets during the day, as they're largely nocturnal creatures. Travel to Wind Cave National Park this summer, however, and you just might be able to glimpse one of these rare critters, as rangers are leading nighttime hikes to go in search of ferrets.

Storms Batter Cape Cod National Seashore Beaches And Destroy Most Piping Plover and Least Tern Nests

While humans certainly can wreak havoc on the nests of shorebirds such as piping plovers and least terns, so can Mother Nature. A late-June storm that battered Cape Cod National Seashore destroyed a large majority of the seashore's plover and tern nests.

Stocking of Non-Native Fish at North Cascades National Park Comes to a Halt

With the U.S. Senate's inaction on a measure that would direct the National Park Service to allow stocking of non-native fish in North Cascades National Park, that practice has come to an end. But park biologists are working with Washington state fisheries experts to improve fishing elsewhere in the park.

Senator From North Dakota Trying to Legislate Elk Management in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

A U.S. senator, unhappy with progress Theodore Roosevelt National Park officials are making on reducing the park's elk herd, is trying to legislate a hunt in the park to get the job done.

Grand Canyon National Park Crews Working to Restore Endangered Humpback Chub To Shinumo Creek

There are efforts under way to restore a stream in Grand Canyon National Park with some endangered humpback chub.

Dead Whales On a Sullivan's Island Beach Remind Us That There’s No Such Place as “Away”

An exhausted pygmy whale and her calf washed ashore last week near Charleston, South Carolina, and had to be euthanized. The mother whale was starving because she swallowed a plastic bag tossed from a boat.

As Yellowstone National Park is to Wolves, Is Great Smoky Mountains National Park to Elk?

Yellowstone National Park has its wolves, and perhaps Great Smoky Mountains National Park has its elk.

Rocky Mountain Wrestling: A Long-Distance Runner's Grizzly Encounter in Grand Teton National Park

Michael Dunn always wondered how he would die, whether his life might be lost in a plane crash or if he would grow old and simply not wake one morning. But as he repeatedly was raked by the grizzly's 4-inch-long claws and berry-stained fangs, he feared fate was at hand.

It’s a Bear! Everybody Get Behind the Ranger!!

She was a big female with a cub in tow, and she was bearing down fast on the ranger and his frightened entourage. What was a city boy to do?

Bison Hazing Operations Inside Yellowstone National Park Fuel Controversy

Bison hazing operations inside Yellowstone National Park are using low-flying helicopters to force calves and adults to ford high-flowing rivers, at times leading to injuries. Park officials say it's business as usual.

Video, Photographs Show Signs That Fishers Are Reproducing In Olympic National Park

They're small, they're furry, and they're evidence that a predator long missing from the backcountry of Olympic National Park just might have a chance of regaining a permanent footing.

Hazing Efforts Lead to Death of Black Bear in Glacier National Park

Efforts to convince a black bear in Glacier National Park that it shouldn't hang out around people have led to the bear's death, according to park officials.

Dead Carp at Lake Mohave Make This Memorial Day Memorable for Wrong Reason

Lake Mohave.
Lake Mohave is one of two large reservoirs at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year for the park, but this year's holiday has an unwelcome wrinkle for visitors to Lake Mohave: dead carp.

Yellowstone National Park Rangers Kill Habituated Wolf

For the first time since Yellowstone National Park's gray wolf recovery program began more than a decade ago, rangers have had to kill a wolf that had become too accustomed to turning to people for food.

Endangered Species Day, What Have We Lost, What Might We Lose In the National Parks?

For many going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge is a town they pass en route to the park. Others spot the Pigeon River, or even spend a day rafting it during their stay. The pigeon that influenced these place names no longer darts through the skies nor perches in the forests. It's extinct.

Bald Eagle Numbers Continue to Grow at Voyageuers National Park

Bald eagles are continuing to find Voyageurs National Park to their liking, with 69 nests sighted this spring. Thirty-eight of those had adults focused on incubating eggs, according to park officials.

Don't Feed the Bears! New Regs for Backcountry Campers at Rocky Mountain National Park

Black bear.
"Don't feed the bears" is hardly new advice, but whether bears get "people food" due to irresponsible handouts or by raiding campsites, the result is the same: trouble. To help with this problem, new rules for backcountry campers went into effect on May 1st at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Two Special Bird Walks Offered in May at Fire Island National Seashore

Birding at Fire Island.
In honor of International Migratory Bird Day, Fire Island National Seashore in New York is offering a special three-hour ranger-guided tour at 9:00 a.m on Saturday, May 9, followed on Sunday, May 17 by a "Peak of Spring Migration" Bird Walk.
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