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Friday, July 25th, 2008

  • For the second time this summer a black bear in Yellowstone National Park has been put down for developing too great a taste for human food. Park officials say the bear was killed Thursday after breaking into the backpacks of a "large group" of hikers.

  • While the National Park Service might be an apolitical agency, it's nothing if not a hot property in the political world. So is it any surprise that a pro-business, anti-environment administration in the White House would have the final say over snowmobiling in the world's first and best-known national park?

  • Investigators may never know for sure why 58-year old George Gardner, a climbing guide with nearly three decades of experience, fell to his death while free soloing a route in Grand Teton National Park that was well within his capabilities.

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

  • A visitor at Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area summoned police when he saw five men armed with assault rifles and pistols apparently getting ready to execute a sixth man, who was handcuffed, kneeling on the ground, and had two AK-47s pointed at his head.

  • There are more than a handful of national parks that seemingly were dreamed up with thrill-seekers in mind. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is one of them, particularly if you like getting wet.