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Death Valley's Bobcats Likely Lured In By Poor Food Handling at Inn

Two recent bobcat attacks at Death Valley National Park likely were spurred by poor food handling at the Furnace Creek Inn, according to park officials.

Lynx, Long Sought in Yellowstone National Park, Is Caught on Film

One of the most mysterious creatures of the boreal forest, the lynx historically has been tied to Yellowstone National Park. But in recent years, its existence in the park has been hard to document, tied only to a few paw prints and DNA coaxed from scat and hairs. Now park biologists have a photograph to add to their evidence.
The Secret Life of Lobsters: How Fishermen and Scientists Are Unraveling the Mysteries of Our Favorite Crustacean (P.S.) I know, this doesn't sound like a park-related read, but it's based around the livelihoods of lobstermen who settled on and around Mount Desert Island more than a century ago.
You ever wonder where place names originate? I mean, Hog Key Campsite in Everglades National Park? And University Dock in Biscayne National Park? What were they thinking?

2007 Visitation Across National Park System Projected To Rise

Two years ago there were concerns that national parks were losing their pull over the traveling public. Today, though, National Park Service officials are bullish about visitation, pointing to gains at a number of parks, including Yosemite and Yellowstone.

Is The National Park Service Protecting Its Heritage in Santa Fe?

One of New Mexico's best and best-preserved historic monuments, the former Southwest Regional Headquarters of the National Park Service at 1100 Old Santa Fe Trail in Santa Fe, is in jeopardy from the very ones who are entrusted with its protection.

World Heritage Report on Yellowstone National Park's Threats Called "Superficial"

A draft report Yellowstone National Park officials have prepared on threats to the park has been dubbed "superficial," and even park officials admit it's not overly comprehensive.
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Bobcats Attack Two at Death Valley National Park

Think of Death Valley wildlife and you think of....well, rattlesnakes perhaps. But the park has a population of bobcats, as a visitor and Furnace Creek resort employee learned recently when they were attacked by two of the felines.

Resolutions and the National Parks: What Will You Do?

Resolutions are end-of-the-year stuff. We take stock of what we've done the past 365 days and vow to make changes in the coming year. With that in mind, perhaps some of those resolutions should involve the national parks.

Rangers Rescue Skier Lost in Olympic National Park

After a night in the cold a skier who became lost in a blizzard in Olympic National Park was rescued Sunday afternoon by rangers who slogged through 3-4 feet of snow along Hurricane Ridge to reach him.

Association of National Park Rangers: Parks Should be Viewed in a National Context

Judging from the lobbying that revolves around the national parks, it's easy to see that local interests view the parks as local treasures, not the national jewels that they are. At the Association of National Park Rangers, President-elect Scott McElveen would like to see that change.

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Studying Interpretive Options for Moccasin Bend

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park (better known as Chick/Chatt) is the nation’s first park to commemorate a battle. Now, it might have a chance to better explain its Native American history as well.

What Will 2008 Bring the National Park System?

2007 is just about history. 2008, though, is still unvarnished, full of hope and promise. With that in mind, what will the new year bring to the national park system? Here's some wishful thinking....

Friends of Acadia Close on Land Deal to Help Acadia National Park

A land purchase by the Friends of Acadia has closed and cleared the way for the "Acadia Gateway Center" that will greet visitors to Acadia National Park.

Park Service OKs Monetary Settlement On Great Smoky Mountains National Park's North Shore Road

More than six decades after promising to build a road along the north shore of Fontana Lake in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the National Park Service has signed off on a deal to settle the matter with a cash payout of $52 million. Today's action brings an end to the long saga of the so-called "road to nowhere."

Possible Wolf Spotted in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park officials, who just recently announced a program to reduce elk numbers in their park, might get some help from nature. Officials say a black-colored canine spotted on December 4 possibly was a wolf.

Park History: Shenandoah National Park

Cradled by the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Shenandoah National Park is perhaps best described as Great Smoky Mountains National Park's sister park.

Groups Sue Park Service Over ORV Use in Big Cypress National Preserve

A coalition of seven groups is suing the National Park Service over its decision to reauthorize off-road vehicle use in an area of Big Cypress National Preserve, saying the move directly impacts sensitive Florida panther habitat.

Missing Snowshoer's Body Found on Mount Rainier

The body of a 22-year-old Washington man killed in an avalanche on Mount Rainier National Park has been recovered.
Dinosaur: Four Seasons on the Green and Yampa Rivers (Desert Places) Tucked away where northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah converge, Dinosaur National Monument is a remote, oft-overlooked place. Writer Hal Crimmel and photographer Steve Gaffney give it substance and definition.