Litter of Mountain Lion Kittens Found At Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

For the first time in six years, a litter of mountain lion kittens has been documented at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California.

Investigation Launched Into Grizzly Bear Mauling of Botanist Outside Yellowstone National Park

Why did a 70-year-old man head up into the Washakie Wilderness outside Yellowstone National Park knowing that wildlife biologists were trying to capture a grizzly bear? And why did federal authorities decide the bear that mauled the man to death have to be killed?

Updated: Attempt To Trap Young Grizzly in Yellowstone National Park Leads To Its Death

A young grizzly bear that biologists were trying to capture in Yellowstone National Park because it looked unhealthy was accidentally killed when it tried to escape a trap that it had been lured into, park officials said Saturday.

Bighorn Sheep Study Being Proposed For Sequoia, Kings Canyon National Parks

How important are the high-country meadows of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks for bighorn sheep that summer in the two parks? That's a question researchers want to answer through a study that would involve placing radio collars on a few dozen sheep.

Sea Turtle Hatchlings Set Free At Padre Island National Seashore Despite Tar Balls

Despite the presence of tar balls and tar mats in the waters off Padre Island National Seashore, biologists have released more than 100 Kemp's ridley sea turtle hatchlings into the Gulf of Mexico.

Photo Collage of Florida's Coastal Seabirds Reminds Us of What's At Stake With Deepwater Horizon

Passage of time can, on occasion, be an insidious eraser of events. As we near the two-month "anniversary" of the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, are we becoming numbed to its impacts, realized and potential?

Great Strides Being Made in Recovering Island Fox at Channel Islands National Park

Since 1999, when fewer than 100 island fox were thought to inhabit Channel Islands National Park, a recovery program has brought the species to nearly full recovery on the park's islands.

Productive Nesting for Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtles At Padre Island National Seashore, But Oil Awaits

Through a gift of nature that guides them the seas, dozens of highly endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtles have made their way to the sandy beaches of Padre Island National Seashore to lay thousands of eggs. And many showed up on the same day.

Unexpected Deaths of Two Mountain Goats Halt Study at Glacier National Park

Mountain Goat, Glacier National Park, Kurt Repanshek copyright
Glacier National Park officials have halted a wildlife research project after two mountain goats died this week during efforts to tranquilize them.

Circumstances Force National Park Service to Actively Manage Wildlife

Florida panther kittens dosed with dewormers. Black-footed ferrets inoculated against plague. Sterilizing horses at Cape Lookout National Seashore and elk at Rocky Mountain National Park. And now Yellowstone National Park bison that could be vaccinated against brucellosis via air gun.

Yellowstone National Park Considering "Remote Vaccination" For Bison To Stem Brucellosis

Ever-present concerns that bison from Yellowstone National Park might spread a deadly disease to Montana cattle has park biologists considering the use of an air-gun-delivered vaccine for the bison.

Young Grizzly Victim of of HIt-and-Run in Yellowstone National Park, Second Collision in a Week

A year-old grizzly has been killed in a hit-and-run accident along the western border of Yellowstone National Park, marking the second time in a week motorists have run into bears in the park.

Glacier National Park Officials Complete Revisions to Bear Management Plan, Guidelines

Revisions to Glacier National Park's bear management plan have been finalized, carrying with them hopes that better preventive steps and public education will result in fewer bears having to be put down.

Grizzly Bear Shot and Killed By Hikers In Denali National Park and Preserve

A grizzly bear that emerged from a thicket and charged two backpackers in the backcountry of Denali National Park and Preserve was shot and killed by one of the two who was carrying a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol, according to park officials.

Watch Eagles Being Banded at Channel Islands National Park

If you can't travel to Channel Islands National Park on Thursday -- and really, how many of us can? -- but want to watch two bald eagles being banded, you can do that with a computer connection.

Three Florida Panthers Killed In Three Days By Vehicle Collisions, One in Big Cypress National Preserve

Perched precariously on the lip of extinction, Florida panthers face staggering odds to exist beyond notations in history books. The loss of three panthers over three days this past weekend certainly won't improve those odds.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Dispute Places Birds, Turtles, and Humans on Small Strip of Sand

A diminutive shorebird and a string of villages both dependent on the same necklace of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina are being pinched in a precarious setting that demonstrates the folly of trying to control nature.

Bald Eagle Nesting in Voyageurs National Park Leads to Temporary Closures

Some portions of Voyageurs National Park have been placed off-limits, temporarily, to give nesting bald eagles a little peace and quiet while they raise their broods.

Oil Spill Starting To Impact Gulf Islands National Seashore

Impacts from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico are starting to be seen at Gulf Islands National Seashore, where some birds have come in contact with the oil and tarballs are coming ashore in some areas.

On Endangered Species Day, Recognizing the Cost of Oil Spills

This coming Friday, May 21, is Endangered Species Day. It is a day to both celebrate the amazing successes achieved for wildlife protection ... and to reflect on the work still left to be done.

Bad News for Wild Condor Chick at Pinnacles National Monument

Condor and egg.
The birth of a chick earlier this year to a pair of nesting California condors was cause for celebration at Pinnacles National Monument, but scientists tracking the health of the young bird have bad news. Due to extremely high levels of lead in its blood, it's been necessary to evacuate the bird from its nest to a specialized facility for intensive treatment. Is lead ammunition the culprit?

Some Denali National Park Wolves Are Capable Anglers for Salmon

Is a fish diet healthier for wolves than one comprised solely of red meat? That's hard to say, but some wolves in Denali National Park and Preserve have found that salmon is a great supplement when moose or caribou are scarce.

Which National Park Is Home to the World's Largest Beaver Dam?

Aerial view of beaver dam.
Not so many decades ago, the beaver population in North America was in decline, thanks largely to the fur trade. Beaver numbers are on the rebound, and the animals can be found in a number of national parks. Do you know which park can claim it's home to the world's largest beaver dam?

Hazing of Yellowstone National Park Bison, A Controversial Rite of Spring

In one of the more controversial rites of spring across the National Park System, Yellowstone National Park bison are being hazed on the ground and from the air out of the Montana countryside.
Among fishes, perhaps none are watched as closely as the Devils Hole Pupfish, which live on the very brink of extinction in a tiny warm spring that is part of Death Valley National Park. Via two video cameras -- one above the water's surface, the other underwater -- researchers keep tabs on the fish. And that's how they captured the effects of a recent earthquake on the small pool of water.

Keeping Track of Panther Kittens At Big Cypress National Preserve

There were, at last count, at least five dens with panther kittens this spring in and around Big Cypress National Preserve, which offers arguably the best habitat for the big cats. But how do biologists keep track of these kittens?

Is There Good News, Or Bad News, To Relate Concerning the Florida Panther?

Among the pine forests and palmetto thickets of south Florida something of a miracle in wildlife biology has played out during the course of three decades. A creature once thought destined to endure a fate similar to that of the Passenger Pigeon has rebounded and seems poised to move towards a sustainable population.
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Gulf Islands National Seashore Wildlife At Risk From Oil

When oil comes ashore at Gulf Islands National Seashore from the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon well, what impacts might wildlife that use the seashore encounter? Here's a look.
In a conclusion that might not seem to be too surprising, U.S. Geological Survey researchers have found that rural development in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem threatens the future of grizzly bear populations.

Glacier National Park Taking Comments On Bear Management Plan Revisions

Changes to Glacier National Park's bear management plan, made in part to reflect recommendations stemming from the killing of the "Oldman Lake" grizzly sow and one of her cubs, are open for public review until May 7.
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