Latest National parks News

Wildlife authorities plan to kill cougar near Bend

May. 18, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Wildlife authorities say they're planning to kill a mountain lion that's been deemed a threat to public safety in Bend. The Bend Bulletin reports cougar activity has been reported five times near homes and businesses in southwest Bend since February. The Department of Fish and Wildlife...

German tourist dies after collapsing at Zion National Park

May. 16, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Officials say a German tourist hiking in Zion National Park has died after collapsing on a popular trail. Park spokeswoman Eleanor Siebers told The Salt Lake Tribune that the 68-year-old man collapsed Tuesday afternoon on the West Rim Trail leading to Angels Landing. Rescuers...

Federal agency renews Twin Metals mine leases in Minnesota

May. 15, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday renewed mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a project that environmentalists fear would spoil the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary...

Judge: No site permit needed for refinery near national park

May. 15, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota judge has ruled that regulators properly refrained from getting involved in a dispute over the location of an $800 million oil refinery planned near Theodore Roosevelt National Park, sparing developers from a potentially lengthy delay in construction. The Public Service...

Border wall to go up in national monument, wildlife refuge

May. 14, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The U.S. government plans on replacing barriers through 100 miles (161 kilometers) of the southern border in California and Arizona, including through a national monument and a wildlife refuge, according to documents and environmental advocates. The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday...

New museum opening at Statue of Liberty

May. 14, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A new museum opening at the Statue of Liberty is giving visitors another opportunity to explore its history and the impact the iconic structure has had on the world. The 26,000-square-foot (2,415-square-meter) museum on Liberty Island, scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, is the new...

Noisy Yellowstone geyser roars back to life after 3 years

May. 13, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — A noisy geyser in Yellowstone National Park has roared back to life after three years of quiet. Ledge Geyser is one of the biggest in Yellowstone's Norris Geyser Basin. The Billings Gazette reports the geyser shoots hot water at an angle up to 125 feet (38 meters)...

Fireworks return to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in 2020

May. 7, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

KEYSTONE, S.D. (AP) — Fireworks will return to Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota for the Fourth of July celebration in 2020. Mount Rushmore's fireworks were discontinued after 2009 due to concerns related to the pine beetle infestation that increased fire concerns in the Black Hills National...

Red-legged frogs thriving in Yosemite after long absence

May. 6, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Red-legged frogs made famous by Mark Twain are thriving in Yosemite Valley after a decades-long absence. Ecologists this spring found clusters of eggs in meadows and ponds, proof of the first breeding by the frogs in Yosemite since 2017, when adult red-legged frogs...

2 French tourists go missing in Benin near Burkina Faso

May. 5, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

COTONOU, Benin (AP) — Two French tourists are feared kidnapped in the West African nation of Benin after they failed to return from a game drive in a wildlife reserve and their guide was later found dead, authorities said Sunday. The disappearance has raised fears they could have been abducted by Islamic...