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Autumn travel may be all about the colors. Leaf-watchers head to Acadia, Shenandoah, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks in droves. Traffic jams aside, that’s a fine way to spend September and October. But before the leaves change, the birdwatchers are out looking for a lot of brown. The first weekend of September, after all, is World Shorebirds Day.
Speaking Of Bears, The Bear Crisis And A Tale Of Rewilding From Yosemite, Sequoia And Other National Parks
Even before the establishment of the National Park Service in 1916, wildlife issues involving predators swirled about the national parks. Grizzly bears and wolves were apex predators that preyed on deer, elk, moose, and bison. As such, they were viewed as evil, rapacious carnivores that should be exterminated.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park has granted a 10-year contract to National and State Park Concessions Riding Stables, Inc. to operate the horse riding stables in Cades Cove. The current contract for these services is already held by NSPC, but is set to expire at year's end.
Will the National Park Service soon be pushing for more wilderness designations? That's difficult to say, in large part because only Congress can designate wilderness. Still, there's an effort under way by the Park Servie to take a look at wilderness possibilities across the park system.
Across the National Park System there are many, many places to call home for a night or a week. But which ones are the best?
While recent rains have been filling rivers in many parts of the East, playing in those streams is becoming more dangerous, as evidenced by a kayaker who drowned in the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The Hazel Creek area of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, closed since early June when a backpacker was mauled by a bear, has been reopened to hikers and backpackers.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park Biologists Kill Wrong Bear In Effort To Catch One That Attacked Backpacker
Great Smoky Mountains National Park biologists, who recently killed the wrong bear in their hunt for one that attacked a teenager while he slept in the backcountry, are working with a forensics lab to develop a DNA tracking procedure that could prevent similar misidentifications in the future.
A series of family oriented programs are coming to Great Smoky Mountains National Park with a goal of getting families outdoors and hiking.