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Oil well pad converted into campsite at NM national park

Sep. 25, 2020 2:37 PM EDT

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A former oil and gas well pad has been converted into a campground for visitors to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park in New Mexico. The new campground will comprise 174,240 square feet (16,187 square meters) of land, with five RV spots and six...

Groups decry proposal to roll back Alaska forest protections

Sep. 24, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to exempt the country’s largest national forest from a ban on timber harvests and road building in roadless areas, a move conservation groups denounced Thursday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, under which the Forest Service falls,...

Park IDs hunter killed by grizzly bear in Alaska as Ohio man

Sep. 24, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

COPPER CENTER, Alaska (AP) — The hunter killed by a grizzly bear last weekend in a remote part of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve was identified Thursday by park officials as a 22-year-old man from Ohio. The death of Austin Pfeiffer late Sunday was the first recorded fatal bear...

Hidden History Weekend starts Friday in West Virginia

Sep. 24, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) — Southern West Virginia's hidden history will be highlighted during an event this weekend. The 12th annual Hidden History Weekend runs Friday through Sunday. The National Park Service says the free event is at New River Gorge National River, the National Coal Heritage Area, Hinton...

Another mountain lion found dead on California freeway

Sep. 23, 2020 9:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Another mountain lion was found dead Wednesday on a Southern California freeway, prompting autthorities to say it was likely the latest of nearly two dozen cougars who have been struck while trying to cross roads that ring their territory. The mountain lion was found dead on Interstate...

FILE- In this Aug. 12, 2011 file photo, a herd of Asiatic wild elephants gather at a national park in Minneriya, some 200 kilometers (125 miles) from Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan authorities announced Wednesday that they will offer livestreams from the island nation's wildlife parks in an apparent move to help revive a tourism industry that has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Chamila Karunarathne, File)

Sri Lanka to offer livestreams from wildlife parks

Sep. 23, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities announced Wednesday that they will offer livestreams from the island nation's wildlife parks, in a move to help revive a tourism industry that has been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. The government's Tourism Promotion Bureau said livestreaming will...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo people visit Joshua Tree National Park in California. The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, The state's Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the yucca plants temporary protected status for one year while the agency conducts a study. After the review, commissioners will determine whether the species should be formally protected under the state law. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

California accepts petition to protect western Joshua tree

Sep. 22, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the state Fish and Game Commission decided Tuesday. The panel voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the...

National park sign vandalized with racist message, bear skin

Sep. 22, 2020 7:16 AM EDT

WALLAND, Tenn. (AP) — The National Park Service is trying to identify who mounted a cardboard sign with a racist message and hung a black bear skin over an entrance sign at Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors reported seeing the bear skin and sign on Saturday morning on a welcome sign near a...

FILE - In this March 3, 2013 file photo, elephants drink from the Chobe National Park in Botswana. The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in the northern part of the country earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Charmaine Noronha, File)

330 elephants in Botswana may have died from toxic algae

Sep. 21, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

GABORONE, Botswana (AP) — The sudden deaths of some 330 elephants in northwestern Botswana earlier this year may have occurred because they drank water contaminated by toxic blue-green algae, the government announced Monday. The elephants in the Seronga area died from a neurological disorder that appears...

In this photo provided by Parks Australia, a humpback whale swims in the ocean in Van Diemen Gulf, Australia, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after it got lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia. (Parks Australia via AP)

Whale swims free of Australian river as 270 are stranded

Sep. 21, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A humpback whale has found its way back to sea weeks after getting lost in a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia, while an estimated 270 pilot whales became stranded in the country's south. There have been no previous recorded sightings of whales in remote East...