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Katmai National Park Snared Bear Saved By Park Rangers, Biologists

A coastal brown bear doomed to death by a snare around her neck was saved by Katmai National Park and Preserve rangers and biologists who were able to remove the snare, and tatoo her for future identification, in a quickly performed procedure.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Reopens Oak Island Dock, But Watch Your Food

With bears acting more like bears in terms of eating their normal fare, the dock at Oak Island in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in Wisconsin has reopened to boaters.

Creature Feature: Western Banded Gecko

The Western Banded Gecko, or Coleonyx variegatus, is no stranger to beating the heat. Their nocturnal lifestyle is ideal for the sizzling desert climate. You are more likely to encounter them on a night stroll under the stars than in the mid-day sun. Though many confuse the Western Banded Gecko with young Gila monsters, they are much smaller and lack venomous characteristics.

Eastern National's Passport To Your National Parks Photo Contest Is Up And Running

Fancy yourself a good photographer? If you work for the Natinal Park Service, or are a Volunteer-In-Parks staffer, consider entering Eastern National's 2015 Passport To Your National Parks® Photo Contest. Ten winning national park photos will be featured on the 2015 Passport To Your National Parks® annual stamp series—nine by Passport geographic regions and one National Stamp.

Yellowstone National Park Crews Continue Work To Erase Illegal Trail Into Bechler Region

As big as Yellowstone National Park is -- 63 miles north to south and 54 miles east to west -- perhaps it's not too surprising that someone not interested in driving to a trailhead in the park decided to make their own on the edge of the park. But by this fall, that trail should be erased as park crews finish the second of two years' work in removing signs of the illegal trail.

Keep An Eye Out For Mountain Lions At Dinosaur National Monument

While mountain lions are magnificent animals, they can also be dangerous. That's why Dinosaur National Monument officials want visitors to know that there has been recent mountain lion activity in the Echo Park area, where a fresh kill was spotted July 22.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area Closes Trails Due To High Heat

In a move to protect hikers from themselves, officials at Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada have temporarily closed the Goldstrike Canyon and Arizona Hot Springs trails because it's too hot for most people.

"Paddling Protection Act" Raises Debate Over Wilderness Travel In Yellowstone National Park

Threading through the backcountry, and frontcountry, of Yellowstone National Park are creeks and streams fueled by springs and snowmelt, some only several feet across, some dozens of feet wide. More than 300 topple over waterfalls at least 15 feet high, while others meander placidly through the Lamar and Hayden valleys.

Interior Department Reaches Agreement With AFL-CIO To "Rebuild, Restore, Renew" National Parks

"Union made" will soon be a phrase you can utter at Assateague Island National Seashore, as a conservation corps team will be working there later this year under supervision of an organization related to the AFL-CIO.

Want To Improve Your National Park Photography? Catch This Webcast From The Parks

National park photography classes will take a big step forward in late August when Ian Shive, an award-winning photographer and author of The National Parks: Our American Landscape, conducts a live class over the Internet from Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks.

Heading To Mesa Verde National Park This Fall? Consider A Backcountry Hike To Ruins

If you're planning a trip to Mesa Verde National Park this fall, one of the things you should consider is signing up for a backcountry hike with rangers to see some ruins that aren't typically seen by park visitors.

National Wildlife Federation Official Takes Helm Of Student Conservation Association

A new leader is coming to the Student Conservation Association, which has announced the appointment of Jaime Berman Matyas as its president and chief executive officer beginning in September.

Rehydrate Your Hike With A National Parks Traveler Water Bottle

With hiking season in full swing, and more and more units of the National Park System are adding water filling stations, head to the parks with a water bottle from National Parks Traveler.

Big Oak Flat Road In Yosemite National Park Back Open To Traffic

While firefighters continue to battle the El Portal Fire along the western border of Yosemite National Park, traffic once again is being allowed to travel the Big Oak Flat Road, aka Highway 120.

Classic National Park Posters On Display In Washington Until Next Spring

Despite advances made into the 21st century, some of the most striking posters promoting the national parks are those produced shortly before World War II by the Works Progress Administration. The artistry that went into these silk-screened promotions remains as striking today as it was 75 years ago. And if you find yourself in Washington, D.C., in the coming months, you can understand why with a visit to the Interior Department to see a collection of the posters.

Yellowstone National Park Officials Hope Bison Relocation Program Can Reduce Culling

In a bid to reduce the number of park bison that are sent to slaughter, Yellowstone National Park officials are exploring the process of a quarantine program that could be developed to provide brucellosis-free animals to tribes and other entities looking to build bison herds.

Exploring The Waterworks Deep Inside The Inner Gorge Of Grand Canyon National Park

What exists within the place known as the "Inner Gorge" of Grand Canyon National Park? The following video follows three scientists as they explore springs spouting from deep within this section of the park.

Reader Participation Day: How Has Your National Park Experience Changed In Today's Wired World?

In this age of informational instant gratification, how has your national park experience changed? For Millennials, who grew up with smartphones, texting, and Facebook, not so much. For Baby Boomers, who learned to read with actual newspapers, books, and magazines in their hands, whose phones were attached to the wall by a cord, a great deal. Is that change for the good, or the bad?

Huna Tlingit Gain OK To Harvest Glaucous-Winged Gull Eggs At Glacier Bay National Park

A law authorizing the Huna Tlingit to harvest glaucous-winged gull eggs in their traditional homeland of Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in Alaska has been signed by President Obama.

Olympic National Park Gets Approval To Move Enchanted Valley Chalet...But How?

Olympic National Park officials have received approval to move the Enchanted Valley Chalet away from the East Fork Quinault River, and will try to accomplish that before fall.

El Portal Fire Covers More Than 3,000 Acres Along Yosemite National Park Border

The El Portal wildfire that flared up several days ago from unknown causes had burned more than 3,000 acres along Yosemite National Park's western border by Tuesday and was just 19 percent contained, but the park remained open for visitors.

Missing 13-Year-Old Found Safe In Kings Canyon National Park

A 13-year-old California boy who got separated from his group in the backcountry of Kings Canyon National Park has been found and was to be brought out today.

Birding In The National Parks: Following Woodpeckers In The National Parks

It’s not much of a secret among my birding companions that I am quite fond of woodpeckers. From their unique physiology allowing them to safely bang their head into wood for hours on end to the common theme of stark black, white, and red coloration, woodpeckers are fantastic birds.

Night Sky Festival Coming To Lassen Volcanic National Park This Weekend

Focusing on the night skies will be the star attraction this weekend at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California when the park's Dark Sky Festival is held.

Research Finds Vegetation In National Parks Moving In Response To Changing Climate

It long has been expected that as the climate warms, vegetation would react by moving. Both north in latitude, and up in elevation. Now new research confirms that "because of the combination of climate change and habitat loss, up to one-quarter of the total area of the National Park System is vulnerable to vegetation shifting up slope and northward."

UPDATED: Searches Under Way For Missing Hikers In Rocky Mountain, Kings Canyon National Parks

Searches were under way Monday afternoon for missing hikers in both Rocky Mountain and Kings Canyon national parks.

Celebrate Wilderness Act's 50th Anniversary At Cumberland Island National Seashore

Wilderness exploration is on tap this September at Cumberland Island National Seashore and the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, where multi-day paddling journeys into wilderness areas will be staged.

Hiker Uses Bear Spray, Firearm Against Bear At Glacier National Park

The Mount Brown Lookout Trail at Glacier National Park is a tough, demanding path, climbing more than 4,200 feet from Lake McDonald Lodge in just about five miles. And, as is most of Glacier, it rambles through bear country, a fact one hiker discovered when a bear charged him and he responded first with a blast from his canister of bear spray, and then with a shot from his handgun that rangers believe hit the bear.

Congressman Proposes Overhaul To Fee Programs On National Parks, Other Public Lands

Legislation introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives would, if enacted as drafted, require the National Park Service to determine "a nationally consistent entrance fee policy and corresponding rate structure" for the 401 units of the National Park System, a potentially sweeping requirement that seemingly could generate tens of millions of additional dollars for the parks.

Yosemite National Park Access Hampered, Campgrounds Closed Due To Wildfire

Access to Yosemite National Park was hampered Sunday, and several campgrounds had been closed, due to a wildfire that had covered more than 2,000 acres and reportedly claimed at least one structure.