National Park Service

Scientists continue battle to save bats from mysterious disease

The Pennsylvania species being targeted by this fieldwork include northern long-eared bats. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services photo)  QUANTICO, Va. — When the sun sets and nearby Marines wind down for the evening, Sam Freeze suits up and goes bat hunting. Six nights a week in the summer, the doctoral student at Virginia Tech tromps through the woods at Marine…

Officials: Yellowstone superintendent shuffle shouldn’t sidetrack bison quarantine effort

Bison injure one or two people in Yellowstone a year on average, usually when people approach the animals, according to a 2018 study. (recreation.gov)BOZEMAN, Mont. — The impending change in Yellowstone National Park superintendents shouldn’t disrupt the progress of a quarantine program created to produce brucellosis-free bison, officials said. The transfer of a group of bull bison to the Fort…

Yellowstone boss to retire rather than face possible reassignment, dismisses ‘politics’ speculation

Dan Wenk’s seven years leading one of the premier national parks have been marked by an explosion in visitor numbers; tension with neighboring states over wild bison slaughters, wolf hunting and grizzly bears; and a sexual harassment scandal involving Yellowstone’s maintenance division that echoed allegations at other national parks. (Yellowstone National Park)BILLINGS, Mont. — Yellowstone National Park’s superintendent said that…

Interior moves to lift restrictions on controversial hunting methods in Alaska

Under the proposed changes, hunters would also be allowed to hunt black bears with dogs.WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. The National Park Service issued…

Study: Apostle Islands water has highest concentration of plastic pollution among national parks studied

Samples collected from the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore had an average of 170 to 225 pieces of microplastic per kilogram of sand, according to the study. (National Park Service)BAYFIELD, Wis. — A recent study of 35 national parks found the waters off an island in northwestern Wisconsin had the highest concentration of plastic pollution. The National Park Service, South Carolina’s…

Cougar makes rare successful crossing of L.A.-area freeway

The mountain lion like this one was spotted in the eastern Los Angeles County community of Azusa, near the San Gabriel Mountains wilderness.THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — The National Park Service says researchers have documented a rare case of a cougar from the Santa Monica Mountains successfully crossing U.S. Highway 101 to an area less hemmed in by Southern California sprawl….

Two national monuments in Utah see huge acreage cutback in largest-ever reversal of federal monument protections

(Bears Ears National Monument Facebook photo)SALT LAKE CITY — President Trump signed proclamations cutting the acreage of two national monuments in southern Utah on Monday, Dec. 4, excising more than 2 million acres from them in the largest-ever reversal of federal monument protections. Trump undid protections for 85 percent of the 1.35-million-acre Bears Ears National Monument and nearly half of…

In Washington state, officials to decide fate of peninsula mountain goats

(Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)SEATTLE — In 2010, a mountain goat in Olympic National Park gored a 63-year-old hiker and severed an artery. Then the goat stood over the bleeding man and prevented rescuers from tending to the injury. It proved fatal. The tragic, rare goat attack helped rekindle a dormant battle over the peninsula’s mountain goats. In the…

National parks in Michigan see increase in tourism

(National Park Service)DETROIT — Federal data show that tourism to Michigan’s national parks has increased. Figures from the National Park Service show that tourism is up more than 5 percent at the state’s national parks through July, The Detroit News reported. The parks have seen a record number of visitors over the last two years. Reports show that Michigan parks…

What’s a national monument?

The 1906 Antiquities Act, enacted under President Theodore Roosevelt, empowers the president to declare as national monuments any landmarks, structures and other “objects of historic or scientific interest” on land owned or controlled by the federal government. (National Park Service photo)U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending boundary revisions for some national monuments but no eliminations. President Donald Trump ordered…