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Roundup of Nearly 300 Yellowstone National Park Bison, With Some Destined For Slaughter, Draws Condemnation

Hopes for tolerance of migratory Yellowstone National Park bison by Montana officials seemed to unravel this week, as the park's tortuous winter drove hundreds of bison out of the park. While they were quickly rounded up, some appear headed to slaughter.
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Adopt A Wolf And Help Yellowstone Park Foundation Support Wildlife Projects in Yellowstone National Park

It takes a lot of resources, both in terms of dollars and personnel, to manage the wildlife resources of Yellowstone National Park. You can help with that effort by "adopting" a wolf through the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
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Annual Count Shows Huge Decline In Yellowstone National Park Elk Herd, But How Accurate Is It?

Nearly one-quarter of the northern elk herd at Yellowstone National Park is missing, according to the annual winter count, but biologists aren't sure if there's been a stunning decline in the herd or if other factors have skewed the tally.
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Yellowstone National Park Moving Into Next Phase of Building Bison Tolerance In Montana

In the grand scheme of wildlife management, 25 Yellowstone National Park bison are not that big of a deal, not when the park's herds are pushing 4,000 animals. But if 25 are allowed to freely roam into Montana on land just north of Mammoth Hot Springs, they could begin laying the foundation for much greater tolerance of bison in Montana.
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Seasonal Closure of Paurotis Pond At Everglades National Park Implemented to Help Nesting Wood Storks

With the "dry season' having arrived, the birding at Everglades National Park is exceptional. But it comes with some restrictions, such as the annual closure of Paurotis Pond and its surrounding area to give nesting wood storks and other species some protection.
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How do You Catch a Python? Staff and Volunteers at Everglades National Park Learn the ABC's

Lots of occupations require some unusual skills, but it's pretty hard to top the list of tasks performed by employees at national parks all across the country. Staff and volunteers at Everglades National Park can now add another entry to that list: python catchers.
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Yellowstone National Park Proposing to Increase Gill-Netting of Lake Trout to Help Native Cutthroat Trout

More than a decade after non-native lake trout were discovered in Yellowstone Lake, the battle to beat down the population of those voracious fish continues. While gill-netting long has been used to cull the lake trout, Yellowstone National Park officials want to increase those operations to help native cutthroat trout survive the onslaught of the bigger fish.
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Some Special "Sounds of the Season"—Hear the Songs of Humpback Whales Online

Humpback whales are a big attraction for visitors to a number of NPS sites, and seeing a whale from a boat or the shoreline is a memorable experience. Now a non-profit group's website lets you hear the haunting songs of the humpbacks as they begin arriving in Hawaiian waters for their annual migration.
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Florida Officials To Install Panther Detection System With Hopes of Slowing Road Kills

Far and away more endangered Florida panthers die in traffic collisions than from any other fate, according to data tracked by wildlife officials in Florida. With hopes of reducing those collisions, the state plans to install a monitoring system to alert motorists to cats approaching them.
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Park Service Plan for Addition Lands at Big Cypress National Preserve Met With Criticism

While the superintendent of Big Cypress National Preserve says the final management plan for the "Addition" lands within the preserve "provides for strong natural and cultural resource protection," the plan itself states that the preferred alternative is likely to adversely affect endangered Florida panthers.
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Fish And Wildlife Service Says ORV Plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore Could Be Helpful to Plovers, Sea Turtles

While the potential exists for the National Park Service's preferred off-road vehicle plan for Cape Hatteras National Seashore to be detrimental to piping plovers, sea turtles, and seabeach amaranth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials believe the plan will be at least minimally helpful to all three in the long-run.
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National Park Service Establishing Protocols For Dealing With White-Nose Syndrome in Bat Populations

It looks somewhat like a dusting of confectioner's sugar, but the white coating that is showing up on more and more noses and wings of bats is the signature of a dire fungal disease that threatens to decimate bat colonies across the country.
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Report: Climate Changes Could Batter Acadia National Park Economically, Environmentally

The latest of a running series of reports outlining how climate change could reshape national parks portrays economic and environmental impacts lashing at Acadia National Park and its surrounding communities. While the report's authors hope to catch the attention of Congress, they acknowledge that a groundswell of public concern might be necessary to convince politicians to act.
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Marine Wilderness at a Crossroads In Point Reyes National Seashore

A big decision at Point Reyes National Seashore could strike at the core values of our national parks. To protect the West Coast’s only marine wilderness or to commercialize it – that is the choice that Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar must make as he considers the fate of Drakes Estero, an estuary within Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California.
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Proposal For State-Federal Collaboration on Combating White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Out for Public Review

While state and federal authorities are developing a plan of attack for dealing with white-nose syndrome in bat populations, a non-profit organization is criticizing the federal government for moving too slowly on this growing problem.
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More Bear Boxes Installed At Grand Teton National Park Campgrounds

One of the most comforting things you can find in your national park campground that lies within bear country is a metal box into which you can store your foodstuffs and cooking gear when you're not using it. And recent work in Grand Teton National Park means there's going to be quite a few more comfortable campers enjoying the park.
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How Might Fatal Attack By Mountain Goat Change Backcountry Dynamics in National Parks?

Mountain goats have been described as "supreme mountaineers," can appear somewhat professorial in appearance with their goatees, and have uncanny agility. Now, in the tragic wake of a hiker being fatally gored in the Olympic National Park backcountry, some might also describe them as killers.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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