Wildlife

Beware of Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Bears

Within its roughly 521,490 acres, Great Smoky Mountains National Park probably harbors about 1,500 black bears, according to the park's biologists. And this summer, those bears have been particularly ornery.

How Many Bison in Yellowstone National Park?

The winter of 2010-2011 was considerably snowier than usual across much of the West, but how did that affect animals such as the bison in Yellowstone National Park? Scientists have released the results from the park's annual summer bison population, and it offers some answers.

Are Hunters Good Wildlife Stewards When It Comes To Wolves? Not According To This Study

A new study likely to be controversial in some quarters suggests that hunters are not especially good wildlife stewards when the wildlife in question are wolves.

Persistent Pedestrians: Black Bears in Big Bend National Park

Black bears, once thought to be long gone from Big Bend National Park, have been on the comeback, though the recent drought could create problems for the small population, as Meghan Hicks has learned.

Where Can You Enjoy The Best Wildlife Experiences In the National Park System?

Here at the Traveler we put our heads together to come up with a list of where best to watch wildlife in the National Park System. We're sure you can help us grow this list.

Issue Of Hunting Brown Bears At Katmai National Preserve Arises Again

Four years ago we brought you a video that touched more than a few nerves. The subject was hunting brown bears in Katmai National Preserve and raised the question of whether it was really sporting or ethical. While the resulting uproar died down, it's creeping up again as Park Service officials seek public comment on a proposal to allow two sport-hunting guide businesses to operate in the preserve.

At Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Birds, Turtles, And Humans Have Created An Air of Controversy, Part II

Having deflated the tires of his Suburban so each held only about 20 pounds of pressure, John Couch drives me out onto the seashore under a bright June sun. The ocean is rhythmically slapping the beach, the air is warm, not yet too humid.

Interior, Wyoming Officials Reach Agreement On Hunting Wolves; Critics Say It Will Be Devastating

An agreement reached by officials from the Interior Department and the state of Wyoming, if allowed to stand, would make Yellowstone National Park a sanctuary for wolves. Most elsewhere in the state the animals could be shot on sight under the plan.

What Do Bears And Wolves In Yellowstone National Park Do When No One's Watching?

How do grizzly bears and wolves in Yellowstone Nationa Park carry on when they don't think anyone is watching? Well, as these pictures show, they're not going after each other tooth and claw.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Mountain Goats At Glacier National Park

Want to see some mountain goats? Mountain goats so close you won't need a spotting scope or a 600-millimeter lens? Head to Logan Pass at Glacier National Park. The goats will be waiting, guaranteed.

Grand Teton National Park Refines Bear-Watching Guidelines

With grizzly bears and people coming closer and closer to one another in the front country of Grand Teton National Park, officials have refined their guidelines as to how close people can be to wildlife. The need for the revisions arose as more and more visitors took to the roofs of their vehicles to photograph bears and, in at least two instances, bears took exception and charged the vehicles, according to park officials.

Grizzly Sows Apparently Swap A Cub In Grand Teton National Park

In an unusual, but apparently not unprecedented, move in wildlife behavior, two grizzly sows in Grand Teton National Park have swapped a cub. Making the swap even more curious is that the sows involved are themselves mother and daughter.

Barn Swallows At Redwood National and State Parks, the Video

You don't normally associate barn swallows with Redwood National and State Parks, but in fact the birds do show up there, and even like to nest in the park as the following video relates so well.

Counting Mountain Goats At Olympic National Park

If weather and equipment cooperate, wildlife biologists will begin counting mountain goats in Olympic National Park and the neighboring Olympic National Forest next week.

Reader Participation Day: Do National Parks Provide Ample Wildlife Warnings to Visitors?

In the wake of last week's fatal grizzly bear attack in Yellowstone National Park, and last fall's fatal goring by a mountain goat of a hiker in Olympic National Park, are park officials doing enough to educate visitors on wildlife?

Olympic National Park's Mountain Goat Plan Warns Of Dangers of Urinating On Hiking Trails

With hopes of preventing another fatal encounter between a hiker and a mountain goat, Olympic National Park officials will urge hikers not to urinate on trails, as the salty deposits in effect become "long linear salt licks."

Man Killed By Grizzly In Yellowstone National Park Identified, Board of Review To Be Convened

Yellowstone National Park officials on Thursday identified the victim of a grizzly bear attack as a 57-year-old Torrence, California, man, and adjusted some of the details of the attack.

Will Obama Administration, Wyoming Governor, Find Common Ground on Dealing With Wolves?

The outcome of wolf meetings today between Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead will tell a lot about the environmental integrity of the Obama administration and the political moxie of the governor.

Updated: Grizzly Kills Hiker In Yellowstone National Park

A man hiking with his wife near the Canyon area in Yellowstone National Park was mauled to death Wednesday by a sow grizzly, becoming the first person killed by a grizzly in the park since 1986, park officials said Wednesday.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Brown Bears In Katmai National Park and Preserve

Perhaps the biggest stage for bears in the National Park System these days is Brooks Camp at Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska, where July is a great month for viewing bears fishing the Brooks River there.

Grizzly Photographed In North Cascades National Park

North Cascades grizzly, copyright Joe Sebille
A backcountry hiker in North Cascades National Park has been credited with photographing a grizzly in the park, the first confirmed sighting of the species there since 1996.

Aggressive Mountain Lion Spotted In Glacier National Park

Visitors to the Lake McDonald area of Glacier National Park are being warned to watch out for an aggressive mountain lion.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Bats At Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Stop by Carlsbad Caverns National Park these days around sunset and you'll be able to see not just one or two bats, but possibly as many as 400,000 as they exit the cave en masse for their nightly meal.

Savor The Gifts That Are Grizzly Bear 399 & Clan in Grand Teton National Park

What’s the value of a grizzly bear? For far more people than not, few things in this age of avatars surpass the thrill of seeing a grizzly bear family in its native element. The story of Jackson Hole grizzly No. 399, who emerged from the den this year with her second troop of triplet cubs in half a decade, speaks to another kind of worth. It says something about us.

Bald Eagle Hatching on Anacapa Island is Big News for Channel Islands National Park

Efforts to reestablish a bald eagle population in Channel Islands National Park reached another important milestone when scientists confirmed the successful natural hatching of a chick on West Anacapa Island - the first such event in over 60 years.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Peregrine Falcons At Acadia National Park

Though you'll probably need a good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope, adult peregrine falcons and their chicks should be somewhat visible at Acadia National Park from now into August.

Cow Elk at Olympic National Park Killed After Becoming Too Brazen Around Park Visitors

A cow elk that had become brazen around visitors to the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park was put down by rangers after efforts to haze the animal proved fruitless, park officials said.

Glacier National Park Embarking on Long-term Grizzly Bear Study

Without doubt Glacier National Park is in the heart of one of the wildest ecosystems in the lower 48 United States -- the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem. But how wild is it when it comes to grizzly bears? A new study will help answer that question.

Be Aware Of Black Bears If You're Visiting Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore This Summer

Black bears are relatively plentiful in northern Michigan this year in general and at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore specifically. As a result, visitors are being reminded to keep clean campsites and be watchful for the bruins.

Adult Grizzly Struck and Killed By Motorist In Yellowstone National Park

A late-night collision between a grizzly bear and a vehicle in Yellowstone National Park killed the bear, according to park officials.
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