As National Park Service Looks At Grizzly Bear Recovery In North Cascades, What's The State Of The Endangered Species Act?
News that the National Park Service wants to consider whether grizzly bears should be restored to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state is a big step towards bolstering the region's ecological integrity, but recent events surrounding the Endangered Species Act raises questions about whether the Park Service can succeed if it decides grizzly recovery is in the ecosystem's best interests.
How can you keep from running into a bear and an ugly situation in the backcountry of a national park? Check out this short video for some tips. Though produced by the National Park Service's Alaska branch, the tips can apply to any park where there are bears.
Bears in Yellowstone National Park and visitors who watch bears cost money, both in terms of the park's approach to bear management, and its approach to "bear jams" on the park's roads. And, interestingly, a study shows that a majority of Yellowstone visitors would pay as much $50 extra dollars in entrance fees to ensure the opportunity to see bears in the park.
Bison madness is in full swing in Yellowstone National Park with snorting, groaning, spitting, bison bulls chasing the girls (cows) down the roads, much to the delight of many park visitors who gladly park their vehicles in the road and film the action. No family vacation is complete without getting caught in a Yellowstone bison jam.
A coastal brown bear doomed to death by a snare around her neck was saved by Katmai National Park and Preserve rangers and biologists who were able to remove the snare, and tatoo her for future identification, in a quickly performed procedure.
Things hopefully will be hopping in the near future in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California, where hundreds of California red-legged frog tadpoles have been released as part of the first-ever effort to expand the range of the threatened species in Southern California.
Mountain goats are spectacular animals, even iconic in places such as Glacier National Park, but they can cause problems in parks where they don't belong. At Olympic National Park, where a 1920s era introduction project brought non-native goats into the landscape, officials are embarking on a management plan for how to deal with the animals. Adding weight to the need for such a plan was the fatal goring of a hiker in the park four years ago.
Two bats at Grand Canyon National Park, including one that landed on a visitor who allowed it to crawl on their shorts and shirt for about 10 minutes, have tested positive for rabies, park officials said Sunday.
Just as the island fox is flourishing at Channel Islands National Park off California's coast, so are bald eagles, which are now nesting on San Clemente Island.
A gut feeling that a pair of California condors had laid an egg in the upper reaches of Zion National Park has been confirmed with the first documented sighting of a condor chick born in Utah, an event biologists hope is the first step in the large birds reestablishing a presence in southern Utah.
Congressman Calls For "Wolf Safety Zone" Around Yellowstone National Park, Says Fish And Wildlife Service Acting "Irrationally" On Wolf Recovery
A congressman from Oregon is calling on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell work with Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho officials to develop a "wolf safety zone" around Yellowstone National Park, saying without one the health of the park's wolf populations will suffer.
Life can be hard for the integrity of a wolf pack, particularly when one of the alpha animals dies, according to studies at Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska.
Bison, an iconic species of the Plains that once were nearly driven to extinction by the country's westward expansion, has rebounded greatly through conservation efforts over the past century, but more work to restore these animals to public and tribal lands remains to be done, according to an Interior Department report.
Bears have a sweet tooth, too. And that's why the Gregory Bald area at Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been temporarily closed to humans. The reason is the cherry crop that has attracted black bears looking for a tasty meal.
A temporary beach closure is coming to Point Reyes National Seashore in California for the busy Fourth of July weekend so chicks of the western snowy plover, a threatened species, will have some solitude.
For the next four months biologists will be trapping grizzly and black bears in Yellowstone National Park's backcountry as part of an ongoing research project to better understand the bears' populations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
In a remarkable comeback, Razorback suckers are once again spawning in the lower Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park, an event not seen in more than two decades, according to fisheries experts.
A black bear at Glacier National Park that developed a habit of searching out human food, in one case breaking into a house, has been put down by rangers.
The rapidity with which butterflies can reproduce has played a huge role in the ongoing recovery of endangered Schaus swallowtail butterflies at Biscayne National Park in Florida, where the species once thought to be teetering on the lip of extinction has grown by more than 1,000 individuals.
Stylish collars and perhaps a splash of paint will mark some mountain goats this summer at Glacier National Park in Montana, where an ongoing study of the animals is moving into its second year.
A rally to raise public awareness about wolves in and around Yellowstone National Park is scheduled for late June near the north entrance to the park at Gardiner, Montana.
In what would be a milestone for the California condor recovery program, biologists believe a pair of the large birds has hatched a chick high in the cliffs of Zion National Park.
The moose population at Voyageurs National Park in Minnesota seems to be holding its own, according to a recent survey conducted by park biologists. While the herd isn't growning, moose mortality rates in Voyageurs are about half of that found elsewhere in northeastern Minnesota, officials say.
Rum Island on Long Pond in Acadia National Park in Maine will be closed to the public through mid-July so you won't ruffle the feathers of loons that nest there.
Across the National Park System, groups are constantly work to improve the plight of both animals and human visitors. At Yellowstone National Park, one aspect of that effort is to install bear-proof boxes that will keep bears and campers out of each other's way. But as of today, more than 1,000 bear boxes are still needed, and the Yellowstone Park Foundation is trying to raise the money needed to close that gap.
A young grizzly bear apparently fell to its death in Glacier National Park, where it was found on the Going-to-the-Sun Road by maintenance workers.
Progress Seen In Protecting Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout From Lake Trout In Yellowstone National Park
Two decades after non-native lake trout were discovered in Yellowstone Lake, officials say they are making good progress in removing those predacious fish and protecting the lake's iconic Yellowstone cutthroat trout in Yellowstone National Park.
Within days of Yosemite National Park officials warning visitors it was illegal to fly drones in the park, volunteers at Zion National Park in Utah say they saw a drone harassing wildlife in their park.
Bears have been acrobats in circuses for generations, and watching this black bear sow and her cub at Big Bend National Park, it's obvious their talents come naturally.
Grand Teton National Park is an open-air zoo of sorts, with bison, pronghorn antelope, eagles, and other wildlife usually in view wherever you find yourself in the park. But there is one slice of Grand Teton that is more productive when it comes to spotting animals.