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.

Young Boy Survives Mountain Lion Attack At Big Bend National Park

Several areas of Big Bend National Park have been closed to the public in the wake of a mountain lion attack on a young boy, who received non-fatal injuries to his face.

Study Says Pythons Behind Startling Declines In Common Mammals in Everglades National Park

Non-native Burmese pythons, which are exploding in number across Everglades National Park, are being blamed for "precipitous declines" in mammals that once were commonly seen in parts of the park, according to a study.

Dozens Of Dolphins Strand Themselves On Cape Cod

One of the largest cases of dolphin strandings recently occurred on Cape Cod, with nearly 60 common dolphins coming ashore on the backside of Cape Cod National Seashore and prompting an ambitious rescue effort by teh International Fund for Animal Welfare.

After Two Years, Packing Strap Removed From Neck of Elephant Seal At Point Reyes National Seashore

An elephant seal that for two years struggled with a packing strap entangled around its neck recently was freed from the strangulating band at Point Reyes National Seashore, and biologists expect the animal to fully recover.

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.

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.

Obama Administration Proposing Worrisome Change In Endangered Species Act

The Obama administration is proposing a change in the language of the Endangered Species Act that is worrisome to some conservation groups concerned that it could significantly diminish the preservation of species.

Snakes Alive! There's An App For That At Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park officials are turning to technology -- an app, not surprisingly -- to help them stay on top of non-native snakes and other plant and animal species invading the park.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Whales At Cape Cod National Seashore

Far and away, most people who want to see whales at Cape Cod National Seashore go looking during the warm summer months. But, according to seashore officials, the winter months can offer glimpses of these leviathans as well.

Adopt A Yellowstone National Park Bison For The Holidays

Hiding a Yellowstone National Park bison under the Christmas tree or in a year-end gift box isn't exactly easy, but it can be done through the Yellowstone Park Foundation. Kind of.

Birding in the National Parks: Northern Saw-Whet Owls At Assateague Island National Seashore

“I’ll need some time off in November to go to Assateague to band owls.” That remains one of the best excuses for some time off I’ve ever heard, and of course it was legitimate. Who would be creative enough to make up that?

"3" Might Not Seem Like Much, But It's A Record For Condor Chicks At Grand Canyon National Park

It's a single digit, one not overly impressive, but when you consider the number of California condor chicks hatched in the wild at Grand Canyon National Park, "three" is record-setting.

Hunter, Thinking He Was In National Forest, Kills Bison Inside Grand Teton National Park

It was a good shot, and a good kill, but the Idaho man who thought he was hunting inside the Bridger-Teton National Forest actually was inside Grand Teton National Park when he killed the bison. And hunting bison in the national park is illegal.

As A Federal Agent, Carter Niemeyer Killed Wolves For A Living

Mary Roberson's painting Alpha, Alpha, Beta, Omega
Carter Niemeyer has had a hand in killing more American wolves in the Lower 48 states than any wildlife manager in modern history. In the following interview, he discusses his book, "Wolfer," and offers his thoughts on the current state of wolves and wolf management in the Rocky Mountains.

Birding In The National Parks: Where Are All The Kittlitz's Murrelets Going?

Data being gathered to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decide whether the Kittlitz's murrelet should have Endangered Species Act protection shows an alarming direction in the species' population trend.
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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.

Katmai National Park And Preserve Officials Reviewing Sport Hunting Guidelines

National Park Service officials are reviewing their sport hunting guidelines for Katmai National Preserve, where some have compared hunting brown bears to shooting fish in a barrel.

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.

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.

Wolf Looking For Human Handouts Euthanized By Yellowstone National Park Staff

A 110-pound gray wolf that appeared to have become too familiar with human foods was put down by Yellowstone National Park staff recently.

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.

The Ozark Hellbender, Found In Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Declared Endangered By USFWS

The Ozark Hellbender, the largest member of the salamander family, today was designated as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Who Killed Mountain Lion Associated With Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area?

California authorities are trying to apprehend the individual or individuals responsible for killing a mountain lion believed to have genetic ties to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

Grizzly Bear Linked To Two Fatal Maulings in Yellowstone National Park Killed By Rangers

A grizzly sow tied to the fatal mauling of a hiker in Yellowstone National Park has been killed by rangers, and her two cubs have been placed in an educational zoo outside the park, Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk announced Monday.

Gettysburg National Military Park Getting Ready To Shoot Deer

A regimented deer hunt will begin next week in Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, where white-tailed deer would overrun the units if left alone, according to park officials.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Spinner Dolphins At National Park of American Samoa

For those fortunate enough to make the trek to the far side of the world to visit the National Park of American Samoa, one animal you can look for is the Spinner dolphin, also known locally as mumua.

Where Can You See Wildlife Right Now: Elk At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Summer visits to Great Smoky Mountains National Park can reward you with ample sights of wildlife, from black bears and white-tailed deer to salamanders and hawks. But if it's elk you want to see, now is the time to head to the park's Cataloochee Valley.

Mountain Lion Born In Santa Monica Mountains NRA Killed While Crossing Interstate Highway

A mountain lion born in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area a little more than a year ago was killed earlier this week when it was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross Interstate 405.

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.