You know you should be alert for grizzly bears in the Northern Rockies, and sharks in the surf are a concern, but have you ever worried about hogs while hiking in a national park?
A well-known and often-photographed white female wolf that was 12 years old was put down this week in Yellowstone National Park after being discovered in shock and dying from unspecified injuries.
In a bid to improve habitat for endangered Coho salmon that use Redwood Creek in Muir Woods National Monument, the National Park Service is proposing to rebuild bridges that cross the stream, create deeper pools for rearing habitat, and revegetate sections to improve cover for fish.
Three desert tortoises, a threatened species, have been killed at Joshua Tree National Park in California. Two of the slow-moving tortoises were run over by motorists in a park campground, according to park staff.
Before the state of Alaska essentially killed off the wolf packs that roamed Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, the National Park Service studied the wolves through radio collars that allowed biologists to follow them. This video, produced in 2013, shows the process National Park Service biologists go through to place the collars on wolves.
National Park Service researchers surveying a stream in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area last week spotted signs of California red-legged frog reproduction. The nine egg masses found are the first known evidence in recent times of the species sustaining a population in the Santa Monica Mountains without the help of humans.
In one of the year's feel good stories, two ailing loggerhead sea turtles have been nursed back to health by the Florida Aquarium's Center for Conservation and released back into the Atlantic at Canaveral National Seashore.
Climbing routes on the northeast face of Devils Tower at Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming have been temporarily closed to protect nesting peregrine and prairie falcons. The closure is implemented to provide the falcons with an undisturbed nesting location during this critical courtship and nest-selection period, and is an annual occurrence at Devils Tower.
The National Park Service is embarking on a study to determine how best to protect shorebirds, sea turtles and beach mice from the threat of predators at park units in the Southeast Region. The Coastal Species of Concern Predator Management Plan Programmatic Environmental Assessment will evaluate the best available predator management options and analyze relevant environmental issues.
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, in partnership with Skagway Traditional Council and Taiya Watershed Council, will begin a project to study eulachon fish in the Taiya River. Eulachon, or hooligan, have been important to area residents for generations. Oil rendered from the eulachon has long been used as an important medicine, food, and trade item.