In Race To Halt Spread of White-Nose Syndrome in Bats, USFWS Grants $1.6 Million For Research

In a race to contain, if not outright halt, the spread of white-nose syndrome in bats the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has awarded roughly $1.6 million for research into the cause of the disease.

Fencing Will Prevent Elk From Heading into Wind Cave National Park During Hunting Season

Elk won't have Wind Cave National Park as a sanctuary from hunters for much longer, as crews are making progress on installing a fence to keep the ungulates out of the park during the fall hunt.

Great Gray Owls in Yosemite National Park Deemed to be Distinct Subspecies

A recent determination that the great gray owls that reside in and around Yosemite National Park are a distinct subspecies is additional evidence that national parks are great, and vital, preserves for wildlife. And it's proof that we still have much to learn about what resides in the parks.

Record Summer of Turtle Nesting at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Spawns....Debate

It's hard to believe an object similar in size, shape, and even color to a Ping-Pong ball could threaten a way of life. But for many who call the Outer Banks of North Carolina home, that's how they view sea turtle eggs, as threats to their enjoyment of Cape Hatteras National Seashore and, for some, even their livelihoods.

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Latest Example of Biological Island

It's long been known, and feared, that habitat fragmentation can create biological islands that require heavy human intervention to prevent genetic dead-ends. That was the driver between the Yellowstone-to-Yukon initiative, the dilemma faced by the Florida panther, and now being displayed at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

Black Bear Cub Killed By Motorist in Grand Teton National Park

A black bear cub was hit and killed by a motorist in Grand Teton National Park this week, marking at least the fifth time this summer that a bear was hit by a vehicle, according to park officials.

Glacier National Park Officials Proposing To Improve Wildlife Viewing In Many Glacier Area

Glacier National Park is rich in wildlife -- ever been to Logan Pass? -- and most of it is readily visible. From bears to moose to mountain goats, the park is a haven for wildlife. Park officials now are proposing to make it easier to find that wildlife in the Many Glacier area.

All Was Not Lost When Loggerhead Turtle Determined to Nest at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Was Run Over

Photographs of a female loggerhead turtle that was run over on Cape Hatteras National Seashore back in June told a pretty grim story. Amazingly, though, after seashore biologists placed 92 of her eggs in a nest cavity, six continued their incubation and hatched.

Eat a Lionfish, Help National Parks, And Win Cash Prizes!

A series of lionfish fishing derbies is scheduled for the coming weeks with hopes the poisonous fish that is invading coastal national parks in Florida and the Virgin Islands can be cut down before it gains a significant foothold and impacts native fishes and corals.

Fall Spectacular: The Season of Love For Wildlife In Yellowstone

Wildlife watching in Yellowstone National Park takes on a bit of a voyeuristic flavor in the fall, as the park’s famed mega-fauna embark in the pursuit of romance during their annual ruts in an often public spectacle that rivals any of the drama on The Bachelor. Visitors can hear the loud thunderclap of bighorn sheep clashing, the raucous bugling of bull elk, or the deep grunting and bellowing of bison—all performed in pursuit of a mate or mates.

Fall Spectacular: What's That Sound? Where To Listen To -- And Look For -- Wildlife in the National Parks

In the fall, animals and birds prepare for winter. Bears eat constantly to fatten up before they slow down. Many birds are already on their migration path. Elk and other ungulates are preparing for the mating ritual, the rut. Take a look -- or stop and listen -- in many national parks this Fall and you'll catch a glimpse of this autumnal spectacular.

Fall Spectacular: Elk Once Again Bugle In Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A male elk ambles through the field checking his harem. He sidles up to each cow and sniffs her rump. Raising his massive rack of antlers, he sees two young bucks, chases them out of the field, and resumes his inspection. He lifts his face to the sky and bugles – a loud, mournful sound that resounds throughout the area. Bugling tells females he’s here and warns other males to stay away.

Are Wolves Effective In Keeping Elk From Overbrowsing Aspen in Yellowstone National Park? Apparently Not

When wolf packs were successfully returned to Yellowstone National Park back in the mid-1990s, they were followed by droves of scientists and researchers keen on learning how the predators might impact the rest of the park's wild kingdom.

Researchers To Begin 37th Year of Grizzly Bear Research in Yellowstone National Park

Grizzly bear studies in Yellowstone National Park will become a bit more intense in the coming weeks as wildlife biologists head into the backcountry to trap bears and gather data.

Excavations of Sea Turtle Nests Draw a Crowd at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Efforts to protect sea turtle nests at Cape Hatteras National Seashore have been controversial in some quarters, but the work is paying off. So far this year, a record 151 nests have been recorded, and once the eggs have hatched, the nest is excavated for further study. The public is welcome to watch the process, and it's been a crowd pleaser.

Trout Unlimited Joins With National Park Service to Remove Diversion Dam near Grand Teton National Park

For four decades the Spread Creek Dam has blocked the migratory route of a unique species of cutthroat trout in waters that flow into Grand Teton National Park. That's all about to change thanks to a partnership between Trout Unlimited and the National Park Service.

Bears Lost Ironic Advocate in Jim Cole

Jim Cole has been on my mind again. The photo you see here is one I took not long ago a few steps from my computer keyboard. 2010 was to be Cole’s big summer for reaching a wider audience.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Ready to Remove "Experimental" Tag From Elk Herd

After nine years of nurturing an elk herd, biologists at Great Smoky Mountains National Park believe they can remove the "experiemental" tag from the herd and develop a long-term management program for it.

Great White Shark Reported At Cape Cod National Seashore

Marine biologists are trying to determine whether a shark spotted at Cape Cod National Seashore was a great white.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park Turning to 240 Volunteers To Help Reduce Elk Herd

Facing too little habitat and too few predators, elk in Theodore Roosevelt National Park this fall will be targeted by a three-month-long culling operation that could bring 240 volunteers into the park's South Unit to shoot elk located by radio collar.

Here's a Yellowstone Bear Story: Grizzly Sow Has Quads!

It's not unusual for grizzly bear sows to give birth to two cubs, and on occasion three, but when was the last time you heard of a sow having quadruplets? Well, it happened in Yellowstone National Park this year.

Yellowstone National Park Bison Population Pegged at 3,900

Whether it was an easy spring, fewer wolves preying on them, or simply a good year, the bison herds in Yellowstone National Park have grown by about one-third since winter, according to park officials.

Experts Have No Idea Why Grizzly Bears Rampaged Through Yellowstone Area Campground, Killing One

Wildlife experts have no solid explanation for why a grizzly sow and her three cubs rampaged through a campground outside Yellowstone National Park late last month, attacking two campers before killing and partially consuming a third.

Wolverine Sightings Growing in Rocky Mountain National Park

While National Park Service officials have been talking with Colorado officials about possibly collaborating on a wolverine recovery program in the Centennial State, wolverines don't seem to be waiting around for any assistance.

Federal Judge Overturns Federal Government's Delisting of Gray Wolf From Endangered Species Act Protection

A federal judge Thursday disagreed with the Interior Department's decision to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf in some parts of the Rocky Mountains -- but not all -- saying the government couldn't pick and choose which wolves to delist and which not to.
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Yearling Wolf Killed In Vehicle Collision in Grand Teton National Park

A yearling wolf was killed Wednesday in an apparent hit-and-run collision with a vehicle in Grand Teton National Park, park officials said.

One More Bear Put Down in Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park authorities on Tuesday euthanized a young black bear, the second intentionally killed this summer because it had become too used to getting food from visitors.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchlings Released Into the Atlantic Ocean

In the first wave of what likely could prove to be thousands, 45 sea turtle hatchlings have been released into the Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of miles from where their eggs were laid on Gulf of Mexico beaches.

Angler Cited For Keeping Bull Trout Caught in Olympic National Park

An angler who caught, and kept, a bull trout in Olympic National Park has been cited for the catch, according to National Park Service officials.

Loons Employed To Help Biologists Better Understand The Birds and Great Lakes Botulism

Avian botulism has been a problem at some units of the National Park System located along the Great Lakes. Biologists working to better understand the spread of the disease are turning to loons to help with their research.