The winter shuttle buses are running again at Point Reyes National Seashore in California for visitors interesting in viewing northern elephant seals that come to breed on the seashore's beaches, or hoping to glimpse migrating gray whales.
It hasn't been too long since the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams were demolished, yet already the ecosystem in and around Olympic National Park in Washington state is rebounding in ways that are amazing some researchers.
Although grizzly bear attacks on people in Yellowstone National Park are rare, they draw world-wide media attention and can be quite traumatic for park visitors, staff, and the general public both locally and nationwide when they happen. One of these rare attacks occurred in the park during the 2015 summer season, resulting in a human death, killing of the adult grizzly bear, and placement of two cubs in a zoo. This event was tragic, but also very unusual in the ecosystem, especially in light of the number of grizzlies and humans that could overlap in time and space.
The delisting of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is imminent and this we should celebrate (‘’’’dancing’’’’). Now that our happy dance is complete, we must insure the grizzlies’recovery is permanent. To insure “continuity of achievement,” the grizzlies need a firewall to protect the success of this achievement from human foible.
From striking craggy pinnacles to cavernous underground lairs, the national parks are renowned for their grand wildernesses. However, the inhabitants of these landscapes – the wilds’ wildlife – are perhaps the most beloved of the parks’ draws. Animals of the national parks, including many threatened or endangered species, also provide a significant scientific service: They are indicators of the overall health of their environments.
Conflicts with hunters and livestock were among the reasons a record 59 grizzly bears died in the Yellowstone ecosystem in 2015, the federal government’s grizzly coordinator said last week.
Yellowstone National Park bison soon are expected to be allowed to roam into parts of Montana under a plan approved by Gov. Steve Bullock, yet it remains to be seen how much relief it provides the iconic animals as they head to their traditional wintering and calving grounds.
Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep are the rarest mountain sheep in North America. After the population dropped to around 100 animals in 1995, this unique sub-species was listed as an endangered species. In the spring of 2015, these charismatic animals were released into the heart of Yosemite for the first time in over 100 years
Beavers are part of the wild kingdom along the Natchez Trace Parkway, but the engineering rodents have been creating problems for surrounding landowners with their dam building. While National Park Service crews at times have to breach the dams, a team from NASA has been working with the agency to develop solutions for dealing with the beavers.
Twenty years after wolves were returned to Yellowstone National Park, the apex predators have carved territories out of most of the park, are maintaining a population around 100 animals, and are healthy, according to the park's latest report on the canines.