Wildlife

Motorists Prove A Great Threat To Bison At Wind Cave National Park

It's been a century since bison were returned to Wind Cave National Park via a recovery program for the shaggy animals, and while they're thriving, overall, in the park, motorists are proving to be a great threat to them.

Deadline Extended Over Whether Wolverine Needs Endangered Species Act Protection

A debate over whether the wolverine needs Endangered Species Act protection has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to extend its deadline for making the decision on that question.

Climate Change, Drought Behind Drop In Desert Tortoises In Joshua Tree National Park

A long-term study of desert tortoises in Joshua Tree National Park indicates that drought and climate change are behind a decline in their population, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"Vital Signs" Report Tracks Status Of Wildlife In Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park is a fully functioning ecosystem, one constantly in motion as wildlife populations ebb and flow, climate slowly changes, and geologic processes continue. Details of some of those changes are reflected in the park's 2013 Natural Resource Vital Signs report.

Audubon Identifies Area Around Canyonlands National Park As "Globally Important Bird Area"

Though located in the arid landscape of the Colorado Plateau, the area around Canyonlands National Park attracts a lot of birds and provides valuable habitat for species such as the Mexican spotted owl. As such, the area has been identified as a "Globally Important Bird Area" by the National Audubon Society

Information Sought On Apparent Shooting Of Florida Panther In Big Cypress National Preserve

Authorities are investigating the apparent shooting death of an endangered Florida panther in Big Cypress National Preserve.

Two Areas Closed At Everglades National Park To Protect Nesting Roseate Spoonbills

With Roseate Spoonbills heading to Everglades National Park for nesting, park officials have temporarily closed two areas of the park to provide some protection for the birds.

Denali National Park Visitors Seeing Fewer Wolves Along Park Road, Possibly Due To Increased Hunting

A precipitous drop in wolf viewing opportunities for Denali National Park visitors is being attributed to increased hunting of the predators on lands next to the park, though Park Service personnel haven't publicly voiced that connection.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Counted Nearly 600 Sea Turtle Nests This year

Sea turtles nesting this year at Cumberland Island National Seashore added more than 43,000 hatchlings to their populations, according to seashore estimates.

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Visitors Urged To Watch Out For Nēnē

It's that time of year at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Yep, the breeding and nesting season of the endemic Hawaiian goose, or nēnē, has arrived.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Officials Defend Putting Down Head-Butting Elk

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have defended their decision to put down a young bull elk who took to butting a photographer sitting on the road in the Cataloochee Valley.

Grand Teton National Park Biologists Wondering How To Deal With Non-Native Mountain Goats

While many long to see mountain goats in the wild, at Grand Teton National Park biologists are trying to figure out how to deal with non-native goats that pose a threat to the park's bighorn sheep.

Dead Mountain Lion Shows Highways Turning Santa Monica Mountains NRA Into Genetic Island

Bottled-up genetics lead to problems, as evidenced by the inbreeding woes of the wolves at Isle Royale National Park. Though mountain lions that roam Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area aren't as inbred as those wolves, the lack of genetic diversity is a growing concern.

Panther Festival Brings Attention To Endangered Florida Panther

The world of the Florida panther will be celebrated later this month during the Third Annual Florida Panther Festival, a family-friendly event designed to shed light on the plight of the endangered Florida panther through unique interactive activities.

Future Of Isle Royale National Park Wolves Subject Of Public Meetings

The precarious future of wolves on Isle Royale National Park will be the subject of four public meetings this month.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park To Cull Elk For Next Month

Elk culling resumes Tuesday in Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota and will continue for a month as officials try to maintain an elk population between 100 and 400 animals.

Young Humpback Whale Comes Ashore At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Dies

A young humpback whale came ashore at Cape Hatteras National Seashore on Wednesday and died overnight, according to seashore officials.

Beware Of Bears In Search Of Meals In Western National Parks

Fall is speeding our way, and for wildlife, that means it's time to pack on the calories. In western national parks such as Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Glacier, that means bears are on the prowl looking for some good meals.

Least And Roseate Terns Staging At Cape Cod National Seashore For Trek South

If you still need to checkoff the Least, or Roseate, terns from your birding life list, or simply like to watch birds, you might consider visiting Cape Cod National Seashore as those species are staging there in advance of their migration south.

Guest Column: Pondering The Proposal To Remove ESA Protection From Gray Wolves

Earlier this summer the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to remove Endangered Species Act protection from the gray wolf. In this guest column, ecologist Barbara Moritsch, author of The Soul of Yosemite: Finding, Defending, and Saving the Valley's Sacred Wild Nature, questions that decision.

Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument Offers Elk Bugling Tours

You can add Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to the list of parks where you can enjoy elk bugling this fall.

Falcon Fledging Over, Precipice Back Open At Acadia National Park

With another successful nesting season in the Precipice Cliff area of Acadia National Park, the area's trails, including the Precipice Trail, have reopened to the public.

Cape Cod National Seashore Swimmers Cautioned About Great White Sharks

It's shark season, and not just on television. With summer beach season in full swing, Cape Cod National Seashore officials are offering guidelines on how to avoid great white sharks that follow grey seals to the cape's waters.

Yellowstone National Park Rangers Put Down Black Bear After It Obtained Human Food

A black bear that raided some campers' food and rummaged through a campground in Yellowstone National Park was put down by rangers.

Elk Dance In Rocky Mountain National Park

Dancing elk, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Some years ago we passed on word of what grizzly bears and wolves in Yellowstone National Park do when nobody is watching. Well, now we know what elk in Rocky Mountain National Park do when they don't think anybody is watching. They dance.

Piping Plover Chicks Lead To ORV Closure To Part Of Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Discovery of piping plover chicks has led to temporary closure of off-road vehicle access to part of Cape Hatteras National Seashore as required under the seashore's off-road management plan.

Shooting Of Moose At Denali National Park Deemed Justifiable Self-Defense

How would you react if charged by a moose? A visitor at Denali National Park, worried about the safety of others, shot the animal in the head, a decision the Park Service has determined was justifiable.

Study Concludes Migration Is Not Healthy For Yellowstone National Park Elk

Seasonal migrations, once viewed as natural and beneficial for wildlife, are not helpful for elk that leave and return to Yellowstone National Park, according to a study published in the journal Ecology.

Research Identifies Where Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles Feed

Clues to how and where endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles feed, and whether those feeding grounds might be imperiled by human actions, are being gleaned through a recent study conducted by the National Park Service and U.S. Geological Survey.

Grizzly Bear Research Resuming In Glacier, Yellowstone National Parks

With grizzly bears out of their winter dens, long-term studies of the bruins are resuming in Glacier and Yellowstone national parks.
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