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The Real Story About The Bison Calf That Took A Ride In The Car

May 22nd - 11:28am | Julia White

You don't get it do you?  "To accept nature on it's own terms" isn't explicit enough?  I'm guessing around a hundred bison calves a year die for various reasons. The number of Bison in Yellowstone have the system pretty well maxed out. If they all lived there wouldn't be anything for them to eat. This is natural history 101. Unfortunately humans have forgotten this. 

May 22nd - 11:02am | Joanna Tallarico

This is bullshit. No help for the calf really? I'm sure there is a sanctuary somewhere that could have helped the calf.  Such a beautiful creature to be put down is a sin. I will never travel to Yellowstone. They need to rethink their responsibility to the wildlife.    

May 22nd - 10:20am | andrea lankford

Well done Deby! Thanks for writing this. 

May 22nd - 09:57am | mtgnppics

Thank you, Debbie.  :)

May 22nd - 06:47am | Colleen Kilbane

Deby, I was anxiously awaiting this artilce without dissapointment.  I will pass it along in hopes to educate pople not only about what to do or not to do the next time, but to relieve the said visitors of more grief.  Thank you for all that you do and I hope to meet you one day in YNP. 

National Park Service Supports Delisting Of Grizzly Bears...To A Point

May 22nd - 11:24am | Fernando Pamenes

Are you serious, or this was a bad joke?

May 22nd - 09:12am | ecbuck

    Yes - beneficial effects: Grazing offers a bounty of benefits Ranchers and researchers say there are a number of very important environmental benefits from responsible grazing of public and private lands. Those benefits include:

May 21st - 18:23pm | Dean Shamblen

Cattle should not be grazing in national forrest or BLM public lands.

May 21st - 18:12pm | Ida Bean

Why does NPS support delisting at all? It is not just about protecting bears that people pay to see. This should be about insuring the population is viable long term. Right now, the Yellowstone population is not connected to any other grizzly population. Further, the Yellowstone grizzlies have lost several key food sources in the last two decades - due to climate change and invasive species.

May 19th - 17:12pm | Lee Dalton

"Beneficial effects on the land???????" And thanks, dahkota. Now perhaps it's time to let other readers decide which information is correct and which is not.  

May 19th - 11:19am | ecbuck

Dahkota - don't forget the the fed lands cattle and the divisor is beef cattle not all cattle.  

May 19th - 10:57am | dahkota

Just an FYI, according to the BLM: " Grazing use on public lands has declined from 18.2 million AUMs in 1954 to 8.3 million AUMs in 2014 (a 54 percent decrease). " Using the above 'formula,' it calculates out to 1.78 million, not 4 million.

May 19th - 10:54am | ecbuck

Dairy cows must be included in the total because most of them become beef at some point in time.

May 19th - 10:29am | Lee Dalton

Try again, Esteemed Comrade.  Dairy cows must be included in the total because most of them become beef at some point in time.  Calves must also be included.  Leaving those out skews the numbers. From Beef USA: All cattle and calves Jan 1, 2016, 92.0 million head 5 million federal animals divided by 92 million total cattle = 5.4%  

May 19th - 10:12am | ecbuck

1.2 million on Fed lands  ( 18 mil AUMs with typical usage 3-6 months equals 4 million  (BLM report) 5 million divided by 30 million total cattle = 16+%    (beefusa) And that doesn't include grazing on NPS land  

May 19th - 08:52am | Lee Dalton

Show us the math you claim is here.  I couldn't find it and won't waste more time knowing you will simply ignore anything anyone else tries to submit.  YOU show the math.  Prove your point.  If you can. Otherwise, I'm sure other readers may capably reach their own conclusions.

May 19th - 08:43am | ecbuck

Lee - do a little math.  Beefusa gives the total number of beef cattle. gives the number of cattle that graze in the national forest system.  BLM gives AUMs for BLM land.  

May 18th - 23:39pm | Lee Dalton contains no mention of number of cattle grazed on public lands.

May 18th - 20:55pm | ecbuck


Fans of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Being Asked to Contribute Ideas to Lakeshore's Future

May 22nd - 08:24am | Anonymous

The reality is that people are already wearing minimal swimwear and thongs on these beaches, as well as going topless and nude on them.  My wife never wears anything but a thong bikini at Kemil Beach, and she usually lays out topless down by the water's edge.  No one has ever complained.

Traveler's View: The Promise Of The Next Century

May 21st - 13:00pm | Ray Bane

Curious.  How many recall the Vail Agenda?  It was formulated by a blue pannel of some of the most eminent conservationists and NPS representatives of their day.  It might be a good idea to inquire as to how the NPS implimented its recommendations and resulting improvements in the NPS.

May 19th - 19:18pm | Retired Ethical...

Very pertinent and insightful editorial.  I, too would like to see it reach a wider audience.  While our National Park system has daunting challenges, there are many opportunities to make it better.  

May 19th - 16:31pm | Harry Butowsky

An excellent article that should have a wider audience. I think Kurt has captured the current state of the problems and opportunities facing our system of National Park better than I have ever seen before. Well  done.

Parking Just Got More Expensive at Mount Rushmore National Memorial

May 21st - 10:31am | Rex

Visited Mt Rushmore in 2014 and was informed very bluntly that my Senior Pass was not honored at this facility.  More I would have to pay cash!  I did not know it was for parking?  The cashier could have explained the Senior Pass did not cover parking!  It appeared to me if you wanted to visit the monument there was no other choice for parking and a review of the map it stil

Centennial Series | National Park System Expansion: Confronting A Second Century Challenge

May 21st - 09:01am | Michael Kellett

Most people assume that national monuments proclaimed by the president under the Antiquities Act are administered by the National Park Service. For many decades, this was generally true. It is not true for most monument lands designated in recent years.

May 20th - 11:48am | Kurt Repanshek

Pinnacles NP was already in the system, dating to 1908, and is just 26,606 acres. San Gabriel Mountains NM is Forest Service, Mojave Trails is BLM, as is Sand to Snow.Castle Mountains NM is NPS, but at just 21,000 acres, not sure it truly qualifies as "significant acreage" in terms of a national park. Valles Caldera is nearly five times as large.

May 20th - 11:17am | Raphael

"Valles Caldera National Preserve is the only natural area with significant acreage that has been added to the National Park System in recent years "

Changing Times: Protecting Mount Rainier

May 20th - 18:46pm | MKM

Such an amazing video capturing the essence of our park yesterday to today. Thank you National Park Service for protecting our Mountain for future generations.  It is Paradise and we are humbled by its impact on our lives!

May 20th - 10:21am | tahoma

Despite the occasionally odd narration conflicting with the period music, the old photographs in this video are charming.  For someone familiar with 'The Mountain', the single most striking impression is how much thicker and more extensive the glacial ice was a century ago.  Also, I don't recall many other NPS videos admitting to past management mistakes.  This is quite refreshing, and might ev

Sexual Harassment Chapter At Grand Canyon National Park Leads Superintendent To Retire

May 20th - 14:08pm | Worked for Dave

Disagree Rasin,

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May 19th - 17:54pm | Retired Ethical...

I hope you're right.

May 19th - 15:52pm | Survivor

Jarvis is retiring too!

May 18th - 23:05pm | Retired Ethical...

I wonder how NPS Director Jarvis could tell "Super Dave", with a straight face, that a "Change in leadership" was needed at the Grand Canyon.  It was Jarvis who appointed Uberuaga to his current position, after previously giving him a written reprimand for a serious ethical lapse at Mt.

May 18th - 19:20pm | Survivor

What about all the people who lost their jobs under Super Dave?

Photography In The National Parks: Year-Round Photography In Yellowstone National Park

May 20th - 13:36pm | Paul Stuetze

Beautiful images of rare wildlife encounters, enhanced by a narrative that shares and teaches. Yes, time, patience, proximity and luck are essential ingredients for success. Still, I believe the greater pieces of your approach are based upon research, preparation and a deep respect and compassion for the creatures and landscapes YOU SEEK OUT. 

Tule Springs, With Its Rare Collection Of Prehistoric Fossils, Promoted For National Monument Status

May 19th - 21:47pm | Kyle

I am a future paleontologist and I was wondoring what species of Dinosaurs are there.  

Trails I've Hiked: Far Below And Long Ago—Basin Creek Trail to Caudill Cabin in Doughton Park on the Blue Ridge Parkway

May 19th - 20:11pm | Gerald

My Wife and I hiked up to The Cabin off of Longbottom Rd, which is the at he bottom of the Cove. Its accessible from Highway 21 north at Stone Mt. Its a very long hike taking you past the primitive campsite and Alice Caudills Grave site. its well worth it.Alot of Chimneys still stand from Cabins Washed away by the flood of 1916. Its about a 8 mil Round trip.

Poll: Why Do You Read National Parks Traveler?

May 19th - 19:50pm | Rick B.

I'm with Lee, above.

May 19th - 19:02pm | Lee Dalton

How about all of the above?

Billing For Search and Rescue Missions -- Yes, or No?

May 19th - 19:22pm | Nathan

You shouldn't have to pay for rescue at all depending on the situation that's bull people get lost and people need help sometime everyone does so wait till your broke and need help hope you realize 

Utah Delegation Asks President Obama Not To Use Antiquities Act In Utah

May 19th - 09:09am | Lee Dalton

From today's Salt Lake Tribune:

Zion National Park Staff Exploring Ways To Improve Visitor Experience

May 19th - 09:02am | Lee Dalton

A related article from today's Salt Lake Tribune.  Be sure to read the comments section.

House Natural Resources Committee To Hold Field Hearing In Maine

May 19th - 08:44am | Lee Dalton

This article contains a number of great examples of the methods commonly used by Rep Bishop to ensure that only his opinions or those who agree with him are heard at public meetings.  He has no qualms at all about fibbing just a little, or even a lot, so that whatever comes out is slanted in the direction he supports.  He has no interest whatsoever in hearing anything from the other s

National Park Service Director Impressed With Maine North Woods, National Park Proponents Hopeful

May 19th - 08:36am | hatrasfevr

If Congress is not going to support NPS and the maintenance backlog good conscience........can NPS continue to expand? Its like a person having one year to live, maxing out every credit card they have to fulfill a  bucket list and letting the heirs pay the bill after they die.

May 18th - 21:05pm | Anne Rush

Having this land as a National Monument/Park in my backyard is an amazing gift and blessing to the people of Northern Maine! Thank you Quimby Family

UPDATED: Bear Bites Hiker At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

May 18th - 21:09pm | Skeptical

The article says he "did not have any food in his tent" (when he was attacked).  Maybe so - but I'm willing to bet there had been food in or on the tent - or on his clothing - recently.  Black bears generally don't attack unless they (or their cubs) feel threatened - or they think they've found something to eat.  Since the hiker was asleep at the time - there's no way the bear th

When Did Dancing In The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Become A Crime?

May 18th - 20:35pm | Anonymous

When you go against Authority, expect the battle

Court Records: Canadian Man Cited For Picking Up Yellowstone Bison Calf

May 18th - 18:16pm | Me

Are you an idot, they should have charge him more than 50 dollars.....buffalo meat is more exepsive than that

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