Wildlife

Scientific Progress Could Help Share Yellowstone National Park's Pure-Bred Bison With Other Sites

One small bison calf born in New York is causing a big stir in the wildlife conservation and scientific community, and for good reason. He could represent a breakthrough in efforts to introduce genetically pure bison from Yellowstone National Park to other parts of the country.

With Wolves Being Delisted, NPS Asked To Protect Them In John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway

In the wake Friday of the federal government's removal of wolves from Endangered Species Act protection in Wyoming, National Park Service officials were being asked to act to prevent the predators from being hunted in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway.

Two Backcountry Campsites In Dinosaur National Monument Closed Due To Black Bear Activity

With black bears in Dinosaur National Monument working to put on pounds for the winter, monument officials have moved to close two backcountry campsites to prevent human encounters with the hungry bruins.

Solo Backpacker Fatally Mauled By Grizzly In Denali National Park

A solo backpacker along the Toklat River in Denali National Park has been fatally mauled by a grizzly bear, according to park officials, who added it was believed to be the first fatal mauling in the park's history.

Yellowstone National Park's Bison Population Grows By Roughly 14 Percent Over 2011 Count

Yellowstone National Park's bison herds have grown by nearly 14 percent over 2011 numbers, with most of the animals found across the park's northern range.

"BioBlitz" Coming To Rocky Mountain National Park In Late August

Rocky Mountain National Park boasts one of the most expansive areas of alpine terrain in the United States as well as beautiful forests and mountain meadows. To better understand, appreciate and protect this national treasure, the National Park Service and National Geographic Society are teaming up to host a 24-hour BioBlitz species count and a two-day Biodiversity Festival in late August.

Where Can You Find Wildlife In Theodore Roosevelt National Park?

Badlands comprise a great portion of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. But that doesn't mean they're lifeless lands. Spend a little time in the park, keep your eyes and ears open, and you might be surprised by what you see.

Piping Plover Nests Vandalized At Gateway National Recreation Area

Authorities are seeking information on who was responsible for vandalizing two piping plovers nests at Gateway National Recreation Area, where eggs inside two nests were stolen earlier this month.

The Plight Of The Plover At Cape Cod National Seashore

Spotting piping plover nests, eggs, and even fledglings on a sandy beach can be difficult to do, as Theresa Conn discovered during her summer with the Student Conservation Association. That's why it's so important to protect the threatened shorebirds.

Federal Court Tosses Out ORV Plan For Bear Island Unit Of Big Cypress National Preserve, Says Park Service Acted Without Reason

A federal judge has ruled that the National Park Service acted without sound reasoning in 2007 when it reopened more than 22 miles of off-road vehicle trails in Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida and ordered that the routes be closed before month's end.
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Giving Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs A Fighting Chance In Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks

Plop…plop…splash!" Have you ever heard this sound -- a frog hopping in or out of water -- or seen a frog or tadpole? Imagine not hearing this sound in a place where you did in the past? Wouldn't that be strange?

Endangered Nene Killed By Vehicle At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

A rare nēnē goose, one 21 years old and which has been somewhat of a prolific breeder, has been run over and killed at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

U.S. House Approves Legislation That Would Toss Aside Environmental Laws Protecting National Parks

A package of bills that would toss aside environmental laws and regulations protecting a wide number of national parks passed out of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, though its prospects in the Senate were unclear.

Begging Red Fox A Traffic Hazard At San Juan Island National Historical Park

He's cute, and possibly charming, but a red fox that has been panhandling along the Cattle Point Road at San Juan Island National Historical Park in Washington state has turned into a traffic hazard.

Piping Plovers Spur Closures At Assateague Island National Seashore

The arrival of Piping Plovers at Assateague Island National Seashore along the coasts of Maryland and Virginia has prompted a temporary closure to give the birds time to nest.

Dwindling Numbers Of Schaus Swallowtail Butterfly In Biscayne National Park Lead To Collecting Decision

In a bid to keep the Schaus Swallowtail butterfly from blinking into extinction, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have authorized the collection of up to four of the colorful butterflies in Biscayne National Park.

Rock Creek Park In Washington, D.C., Latest To Turn To Culling Deer Herd

You can add Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C., to the slowly growing list of parks that have turned to lethal means to tamp down burgeoning populations of ungulates, whether they are elk or deer.

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day In Rocky Mountain National Park Or Mesa Verde National Park

If you missed celebrating International Migratory Bird Day last month, you can make it up by heading to Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday for a bird walk in the park

Where The Wild Things Are: Untamed Americas

Where are the wild things? For those who call a metropolitan area home, and seldom leave its concrete and steel confines, that might be a reasonable question. National Geographic has the answers for you in a two-night series, Untamed Americas, that debuts this Sunday and Monday nights.

Be Bear Aware If You're Heading To Sequoia, Kings Canyon, Or Yosemite National Parks

Bears are part of the package if you travel to the High Sierra parks -- Sequoia, Kings Canyon, or Yosemite -- and you should know what to expect and how to react if you encounter one this summer.

Aggressive Black Bear Put Down In Dinosaur National Monument

A black bear that began acting too comfortable with humans and their meals in DInosaur National Monument has been put down by park staff.

Turtle Nesting Season Has Biscayne National Park Officials Asking Visitors To Be Careful

With sea turtles coming ashore at Biscayne National Park for nesting, officials are urging park visitors to keep their distance from turtles and any nests they see.

Study Assessing Climate Change Impacts On Birds Includes Yosemite National Park

A study intended to measure the impacts of climate change on Western bird species involves Yosemite National Park, where researchers will spend a year examining how some common Sierra Nevada species will respond to climate changes.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Banker Horses At Cape Lookout National Seashore

Got a thing for horses? Visit Shackleford Banks when you travel to Cape Lookout National Seashore to see horses descended from Spanish stallions brought to the New World centuries ago.

Channel Islands National Park To Celebrate Decade Of Bald Eagle Recovery

Since bald eagle recovery efforts began at Channel Islands National Park in 2002, the number of resident bald eagles in the park has grown to more than 30. On May 19 the park will celebrate this achievement with a day full of activities.

Survey Shows Slight Drop In Number Of Incubating Bald Eagle Nests At Voyageurs National Park

A slight drop in the number of bald eagle nests with eggs has been recorded at Voyageurs National Park during the annual survey earlier this month.

Watching Grizzlies In The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Wildlife fascinate most folks to some degree, and grizzlies seem to take that to an even higher level. But we definitely prefer to watch these animals from a distance. Daryl Hunter lets you do that from the comfort of your home in the following video.

White-Nose Syndrome Detected In Bats At Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park is the latest unit of the National Park System to have bats infected with white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease that already has killed about 7 million bats in the country.

Birding In The National Parks: Do You Have The Necessary Gear?

Every hobby has its collection of necessary equipment. You can’t golf without clubs, balls, and tees. You can’t knit without a collection of needles and a room full of yarn. You can’t (and definitely shouldn’t) skydive without a parachute. Birding is no exception. The beauty of birding as a hobby, however, is that there are distinct stages of equipment necessity

NPCA Field Report: Help Needed For The Atlantic Sturgeon To Recover

Sturgeon might have graced Captain John Smith's dinner table when he explored the Chesapeake Bay in 1607-1609, but you'd be hard-pressed to find one in the waters of the national historic trail that bears his name today.
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