Latest Parks News

Fewer Yellowstone wolves equals no wolf-on-wolf deaths

Nov. 11, 2019 12:22 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — For the first time in 24 years, Yellowstone National Park wildlife managers have found no evidence wolves killing each other. The Billings Gazette reports that the park's annual report on wolves says seven wolf deaths were recorded 2018, but none were wolf-on-wolf deaths and none...

AP: Arizona has 16 dams rated high-hazard and in poor shape

Nov. 10, 2019 11:14 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An earthen dam that lies directly upstream from Fredonia near the Arizona-Utah border has long been classified as unsafe — repairs constantly delayed by lack of money. A breach during a severe storm would put hundreds of people in the town of 1,300 at risk of potentially...

Mississippi monument restored at Civil War battle site

Nov. 10, 2019 9:35 AM EST

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi monument is being rededicated in a national park on a Civil War battlefield. A ceremony is taking place Monday in the Vicksburg National Military Park. The Vicksburg Post reports the Mississippi monument underwent a $75,000 restoration funded by the state and promoted...

Civil War fort gives visitors close look at Union occupation

Nov. 9, 2019 10:34 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The National Park Service is giving visitors an inside look at the life of Union soldiers occupying a captured Confederate fort on the Georgia coast during the Civil War. Veterans Day weekend events at Fort Pulaski National Monument include reenactors taking on the roles of troops in...

Park study cites increased visitation numbers, crowding

Nov. 8, 2019 2:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A newly released survey has found that first-time visitors at Yellowstone National Park became more frustrated by perceived crowding problems the longer they stayed. The Billings Gazette reports that the 2018 Visitor Use Study helps the National Park Service understand the tourist...

Activists to protest wall along Arizona-Mexico border

Nov. 8, 2019 1:59 PM EST

LUKEVILLE, Ariz. (AP) — Environmental and other activists say they'll gather on the U.S.-Mexico border at Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument over the weekend to protest U.S. government plans to build a wall there. The Center for Biological Diversity says the 30-foot (9-meter) barrier will hinder...

Officials deny plans for new city in California desert

Nov. 6, 2019 8:36 PM EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Officials have quashed plans to build a new city called Paradise Valley on the southern edge of Joshua Tree National Park in the Southern California desert. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to accept its Planning Commission's recommendation and...

Correction: Trump-Native Heritage Month story

Nov. 6, 2019 4:00 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a story Nov. 5 about Native American Heritage Month, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nathan Wright is Sioux. He is from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. A corrected version of the story is below: Trump honors Native Americans, US founders in same...

High court hears challenge of refinery near national park

Nov. 6, 2019 8:29 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has heard the first of two legal challenges to an oil refinery planned near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Tuesday's arguments involve a lawsuit brought by the National Parks Conservation Association. It's concerned about how the state will regulate...

Zimbabwe's severe drought killing elephants, other wildlife

Nov. 6, 2019 7:15 AM EST

MANA POOLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — Weak from hunger and thirst, the elephant struggled to reach a pool of water in this African wildlife reserve. But the majestic mammal got stuck in the mud surrounding the sun-baked watering hole, which had dramatically shrunk due to a severe drought. Eventually park staff freed...