Latest National parks News

Jackson Hole parcel added to Grand Teton National Park

Jan. 23, 2020 1:10 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — A small piece of land in western Wyoming has become part of Grand Teton National Park. The National Park Service acquired the 35-acre (14-hectare) parcel in the southern part of the park earlier this month. The Conservation Fund took part in acquiring the land from a private owner with...

Environmentalists worried about Gila forest management plan

Jan. 23, 2020 12:06 AM EST

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Some environmental groups are concerned that a proposed management plan for the Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico falls short of protecting more than 3 million acres (12,140 square kilometers) of mountains, hills and range land. Forest officials recently released a...

Federal court hears arguments on oil, gas lease in Montana

Jan. 22, 2020 6:57 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An oil-drilling lease dispute has continued in federal court over whether to cancel the lease near Glacier National Park in Montana on land considered sacred by the Blackfeet tribe. The U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday from lawyers for leaseholder Solenex LLC and...

Cold-stunned sea turtles wash ashore on North Carolina coast

Jan. 22, 2020 4:41 PM EST

HATTERAS, N.C. (AP) — More than 100 sea turtles stunned by recent cold temperatures have washed up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the National Park Service said. The agency said on its Facebook page on Wednesday that approximately 95 green and Kemp's ridley turtles washed ashore on Tuesday on the...

Ambersnail found in Arizona, Utah to lose endangered status

Jan. 22, 2020 12:02 AM EST

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — An amber-colored snail found in Arizona and Utah could be losing it status as an endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services wants to remove the Kanab ambersnail from the list of threatened and endangered species, saying it's not a valid subspecies. The...

In a  Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020 photo, an adult bald eagle flies along the shore of Lake Mead during the annual eagle survey conducted by the National Park Service.  (Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)(Ellen Schmidt/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

Yearly survey tallies 123 eagles in lakes Mead, Mohave area

Jan. 21, 2020 7:16 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Biologists and volunteers tallied 120 bald eagles and three golden eagles during an annual survey at Lake Mead National Recreation Area on the Colorado River, a National Park Service official said Tuesday. Park spokeswoman Christie Vanover said Tuesday the number was down from January...

Groups prepare to sue over grazing in Wyoming grizzly range

Jan. 21, 2020 6:36 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Conservationists worried that continued livestock grazing in a Wyoming forest could endanger grizzly bears are preparing to sue the U.S. government. Western Watersheds Project, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Yellowstone to Uintas Connection allege a 2019 decision to allow grazing to...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, photo, a mountain lion scares away magpies from the deer carcass it has been watching on High School Butte in Jackson, Wyo. The cougar remained in a juniper tree about 50 yards away from the kill for multiple days and attracted large crowds of onlookers. (Kathryn Ziesig/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)

Mountain lion feeding on carcass thrills wildlife viewers

Jan. 20, 2020 12:45 PM EST

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Photo safari trip leader Brent Paull’s game plan one day this month happily went out the window. A traveling wildlife guide from Tulare, California, Paull had just wrapped up leading three West Coast photographers on a three-day Yellowstone National Park tour. The group rolled...

Some lawmakers favor a moose hunt at Isle Royale

Jan. 19, 2020 4:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Some Michigan lawmakers believe the federal government should open Isle Royale National Park to moose hunters. MLive.com reports that the House Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week on a resolution supporting a limited moose hunt on the Lake Superior island. A vote...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, photo, Norm Bishop sits inside his home with a photo and award from his years of working with wolves, outside Bozeman, Mont. Bishop, who was Yellowstone’s resource interpreter, had spent years giving public presentations about the science of wolf reintroduction. He would explain what the experts thought would happen if gray wolves were restored to the Yellowstone ecosystem. (Ryan Berry/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

Wolves' return to Yellowstone recalled on 25th anniversary

Jan. 19, 2020 11:55 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — The day the wolves arrived in Yellowstone National Park was busy. At least that’s how Norm Bishop remembers it. The wolves came in aluminum crates on horse trailers Jan. 12, 1995. Passing through the gates, the Canadian-born carnivores were the first of their kind in the park...