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Latest Study Shows Warming Climate Forcing Alpine Chipmunks To Yosemite National Park's Roof

Not only is a warming world forcing a tiny chipmunk towards the roof of Yosemite National Park, but it appears to be eroding the genetic diversity of the species as well, according to a study by University of California, Berkeley, researchers.
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Survey Shows Growth in Mountain Goat Population In Olympic Mountains

The mountain goat population within the Olympic Mountains of Washington state has grown by more than 100 animals to roughly 344 since 2004, according to a U.S. Geological Survey population study, which adds that the population could double in 15 years if the rate of growth stays constant.
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U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Finalizes Ban on Transportation of Non-native Constrictor Snakes That Threaten Everglades

Though it might be too late for Everglades National Park, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a rule that would ban the importation and interstate transportation of four non-native constrictor snakes.
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Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Elephant Seals At Point Reyes National Seashore

It could, perhaps, be viewed as the wildlife equivalent of "Beach Party," the 1960s-era series of beach-based movies featuring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Only in this case, the beach at Point Reyes National Seashore is covered by elephant seals, not hormone-crazed twenty-somethings.
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Grand Teton National Park Officials ID Bear Victim, Investigation Ongoing

A Wyoming man who was attacked by a bear in Grand Teton National Park says when he first saw the bear it was only five or 10 yards from him. Timothy Hix added that he tried to ward off the bruin with bear spray, but couldn't get the canister from its holster in time, park officials said.
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Widow of Man Mauled By Grizzly Sues Federal Government For Wrongful Death, Negligence

A woman whose husband was mauled to death by a grizzly bear near Yellowstone National Park shortly after it had been sedated by wildlife biologists is suing the federal government for $5 million, saying the biologists failed to adequately monitor the bear and warn area residents of their work.
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Gets Approval For Elk Management Plan

For the past decade Great Smoky Mountains National Park biologists and staff worked to restore a permanent elk herd to the park's rumpled mountains. So successful were those efforts that they've removed the "experimental" tag from the herd and adopted a long-range management plan for the elk.
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NPCA Sues National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service Over Big Cypress National Preserve Addition Lands Management

National Park Service officials failed the American public by allowing off-road vehicle use in the "Addition lands" area of Big Cypress National Preserve, the National Parks Conservation Association charged today while filing a lawsuit against the agency.
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Bear Watching Mayhem In Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks

Bears in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks have been in the news a bit this summer, both because of their behavior and the behavior of tourists watching the bears. The following column, which Todd Wilkinson posted on his Wildlife Art Journal site the other day, will have you scratching your head over how there haven't been more bear-human incidents this summer.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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