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Friday, September 19th, 2008

  • Bigger than a saucier pan, the paw print held in the wet sand of a beach deep in the South Arm of Yellowstone Lake was unmistakable: Here was the home of Ursus arctos horribilis, aka grizzly bear.

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

  • A trigger-happy camper, possibly fueled by alcohol, shot another man in an Oregon campground after hearing rustling in the brush. The incident, while not occurring in a national park setting, could fuel arguments of those opposed to the legalization of carrying concealed weapons in national parks.

  • A lightning-sparked fire continues to burn in Sequoia National Park. Covering more than 800 acres and forcing the closure of Crystal Cave, the fire is only about 30 percent contained.

    The fire was started September 10 in an area of the park about 12 miles north-northeast of Three Rivers, California.

  • On Saturday, September 13, a 900-foot long wheelchair accessible boardwalk and path along the Ottauquechee River in eastern Vermont was opened to the public.

  • Shoshone Cavern National Monument was abolished 54 years ago. When a national park’s name is deleted from the rolls like this, and no longer identifies a discrete unit of the National Park System, the passage of time makes it easier to forget that a park bearing that name ever existed.