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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.Florida Panther Recovery Plan.pdf
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.
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.Bear Removal BOR - Final Report 3-18-10.pdf
Cape Cod National Seashore officials, who earlier this year were proposing to kill crows in an effort to protect piping plovers, are backing away from the plan due to the prospective of being sued over the matter. Instead the seashore will spend this year reviewing its shorebird management plan.
A decline in the moose population at Isle Royale National Park, along with inbreeding, are being blamed for the loss of two of the island's four wolf packs. Where once the island's wolf population had numbered more than 50 individuals, by the close of 2009 there were fewer than 20, researchers say.ISRO-2009 Wolf Report.pdf
Spring is a fantastic time to be outdoors. Along with the beauty of plants in bloom, a trip to a national park can reveal mammals emerging from their hibernation and frogs singing up a storm. But the one spring event that brings countless new and life-long nature lovers to our nation’s parks is the return of migratory songbirds.
Spring visitors to Grand Teton National Park, here's your warning: the park's bears are out, about, and hungry.
In what's being called the "first deliberate vandalism incident" of the spring nesting season at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, someone drove through a resource closure area set up to protect a nesting pair of American Oystercatchers.
Almost like stepping stones in a stream, national parks play a key role in protecting migratory species as they move back and forth between the United States and Central and South America. They are in many ways both resting areas and protected areas where species can recharge as they migrate.
With some impacts of climate change already evident, and others projected, wildlife will need a means to move across the landscape to cope with the changes. With that in mind, two Democratic congressmen have introduced legislation to identify and protect wildlife corridors across the country.
The news from Great Smoky Mountains National Park to start the week wasn't good: a bat in the park has tested positive for Geomyces destructans, the fungus and the presumptive causative agent of White Nose Syndrome (WNS). WNS has killed over 90% of the bats in many caves in the Northeast.
Olympic National Park has been a relatively successful landscape for a program to restore a stable population of fishers on the landscape. Against that success, biologists are wondering how Yosemite National Park's fisher population is doing.
There's good news in the effort to bring the California condor back from the brink of extinction: Biologists at Pinnacles National Monument have verified the first successful hatching of a condor egg in the park in over 100 years.
In moves designed to counter Alaska's current approach to wildlife management, National Park Service officials in that state are instituting hunting and trapping bans to protect wolves and bears in their parks and preserves.
When wolves in Yellowstone National Park are hungry, they overwhelmingly choose elk, not goose, from the park's wildlife menagerie, according to studies of the predators. And they could care less about the revered status of bald eagles.
Consider the lowly prairie dog. Food for black-footed ferrets and eagles, maligned by ranchers, victims of plague. Well, even these lowly critters have their day, and it's April 30 at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah.
Should we care that grizzly bears are hunted in British Columbia? The Natural Resources Defense Council and the David Suzuki Foundation think so, saying those hunts could end up harming grizzly populations on this side of the US-Canadian border.
Forgive the staff at Channel Islands National Park if they popped open some champagne this past weekend. It turns out that a pair of bald eagles on Santa Cruz Island are the parents of two eaglets.
While peregrine falcons are the main birds of concern at some Eastern parks, in Wyoming the rangers at Devils Tower National Monument are keeping an eye out for prairie falcons that might be nesting.
Has this winter's unusually cold weather in Florida tamped down the python population in Everglades National Park?
In a joint release, officials for the National Park Service and the Alaska Fish and Game Department have publicly resolved their differences over the killings of radio-collared wolves that roamed in and out of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve.
Yellowstone National Park long has been renowned for its "museum quality" cutthroat trout fishery. Sadly, that fishery is in danger of collapse due to non-native lake trout. There are other threats to Yellowstone's fisheries, though, and that's why the park is developing a Native Fish Conservation Plan.
You can add Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area to the list of units in the National Park System where a temporary closure is in place to give nesting raptors some privacy.
An Alaska hunting guide who conducted a moose hunt in Denali National Park and Preserve has been fined $7,000 and placed on probation for three years.
Republican members on the House Natural Resources Committee seem never to be at a loss for words when it comes to Democratic initiatives. This week the GOP members are shaking their heads over Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's efforts to get a grip on invasive snakes invading national parks in Florida.
Wild horses in a NPS site in Georgia? That may come as a surprise, but they've been in the area for centuries. The annual census of wild horses at Cumberland Island National Seashore has just been completed. How's the park's population of untamed equines doing these days?
Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials once again are looking for volunteers to help them manage both people and elk in the Cataloochee Valley on the North Carolina side of the park.
Late-winter surveys of elk and bison herds in Yellowstone National Park show the animals are maintaining relatively stable populations compared to recent years, according to park biologists.
Wolf population targets laid out in a draft management plan by Washington Department of Fish and Game officials are too low to sustain a viable population, according to some independent scientists who reviewed the proposal.Wash Wolf DEIS Peer Review.pdf
Helicopter-borne Alaskan predator control agents have killed an entire wolf pack from Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, prompting the National Parks Conservation Association to call for immediate suspension of the program near the national preserve.
A temporary access closure has been implemented in Grand Teton National Park from now until mid-May to protect sage grouse during their mating period.
Loggerhead sea turtles, one of four turtle species that have come ashore to nest from Cape Hatteras National Seashore south to Gulf Islands National Seashore, are not doing well, population-wise. The species currently is being proposed for listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act.Loggerhead Turtle Proposed Listing.pdf
Are you looking for a fun way to kick start your spring and get involved in your community? Do you want to pull your kids away from a monitor or TV screen and help them appreciate wildlife? How about simply looking for an excuse to get lost in nature? The National Wildlife Federation has the answer: Celebrate National Wildlife Week, March 15-21!
The public comment period is now open on a proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to ban the importation and interstate transportation of the Burmese python and eight other larger constrictor snakes.
Some temporary climbing closures have been placed into effect in Rocky Mountain National Park to give raptors some relative peace and quiet during their nesting season.
Well, the bears are waking up in Glacier National Park. Since the start of the month there have been three separate sightings of tracks, and at least one bruin was compelled to dig a hole in the Belly River area.
Park rangers and volunteer hunters could begin work this fall to cull elk herds at Theodore Roosevelt National Park by more than half if the park's elk management plan gains final approval in about a month. NPS photo.