For the second time in a year biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park killed a bear they wrongly thought had attacked a sleeping hiker.
Hog trapping is going to be taking place at Big South Fork National River and Recreation area in Kenntucky and Tennesse through December 2017 as officials try to get more information about problems caused by the wild, non-native pigs.
A Canadian man cited by Yellowstone National Park rangers for transporting a bison calf to the Buffalo Ranch in the park was worried it would end up as "road kill" if he did nothing, according to the investigating ranger. In the end the calf wound up dead just the same, as its mother abandoned it and it "was continually approaching visitors and vehicles" and so rangers put it down.
National Park Service officials are willing to support the removal of grizzly bears from Endangered Species list protections, but with a number of caveats. Among them are requests that the delisting plan both limits the chance that wounded bears venture back into parks and reduces the likelihood that "well-known or transboundary bears" are killed by hunters.memo_nps_review_of_gye_gb_cs_and_pr051016_1_1.pdf
With white-tailed deer changing the natural ecosystem at Fire Island National Seashore, the National Park Service approved a White-tailed Deer Management Plan last month that includes direct population reduction as well as the construction of fences to preserve critical areas of the Seashore.
A thru-hiker on the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park was bitten by a black bear while sleeping, sustaining unspecified leg injuries and prompting the Park Service to temporarily close the Spence Field Backcountry Shelter.
As Vanessa McDonough scanned the ocean floor off the South Florida coast, she spotted an empty beer bottle among the fish, corals, and sponges protected by Biscayne National Park. Only the bottle wasn’t empty. Upon closer examination, a small fish had swam inside, and pebbles and shells had blocked the exit. “The poor fish was a prisoner in this Corona bottle,” she said.
There was a large grizzly bear that roamed Yellowstone National Park, purposeful in his long stride. His profile distinct, due to the indentation of the collar he normally wore, his thin neck and long nose, and a mangled right ear and scars on his face from a battle.
Years of monitoring wolves in Denali and Yellowstone national parks has led researchers to conclude that hunting the predators just beyond the parks' borders seems to directly impact park visitors' odds of seeing a wolf.
If you plan to be in Glacier National Park in Montana next week, be careful where you go, as biologists will be monitoring grizzly bears in the park and that requires some bear trapping.