National parks

Rare conservation win: Mountain gorilla population ticks up

WASHINGTON (AP) — There are more gorillas in the mist — a rare conservation success story, scientists say. After facing near-extinction, mountain gorillas are slowly rebounding. On Wednesday, the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature updated mountain gorillas' status from...
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2 Yosemite National Park visitors die in fall from overlook

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two visitors died in a fall from a popular overlook at Yosemite National Park that allows people to walk to the cliff's edge, where there is no railing, an official said Thursday. Park rangers were trying to recover the bodies of a female visitor and a male visitor spotted by...
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Grizzly attacks hunter in mountains north of Yellowstone

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A grizzly bear attacked an elk hunter who surprised the sow and her cub north of Yellowstone National Park, with the bear sinking her teeth into his arm and clawing his eye before another hunter drove her off, the victim recounted Monday. The mauling of Bob Legasa, 57, in the...
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US lacks Latino historical sites and landmarks, scholars say

GLORIETA PASS, N.M. (AP) — A makeshift memorial to Hispanic Civil War Union soldiers in an isolated part northern New Mexico is a typical representation of sites linked to U.S. Latino history: It's shabby, largely unknown and at risk of disappearing. Across the U.S, many sites historically...
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Birder Shocked Spotting Rare Mandarin Duck In Central Park

This duck made a very surprising visit to Central Park in New York City. That’s because Mandarin ducks are mostly found in East Asia, although there are small groups in California and North Carolina. So when a birding photographer spotted its striking, crimson, hunter and copper colors, he was...
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US bans new mining claims on public land near Yellowstone

EMIGRANT, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke approved a 20-year ban on new mining claims in the towering mountains north of Yellowstone National Park on Monday, after two proposed gold mines raised concerns that an area drawing tourists from the around the globe could be spoiled. As...
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High court denies review of Grand Canyon-area mining ban

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't review an Obama-era action that put land around the Grand Canyon off-limits to new mining claims, ending the legal battle as environmentalists keep a close eye on actions by the Trump administration that they fear could lead to more access for...
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National park in Hawaii reopens after monthslong eruption

HONOLULU (AP) — A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused widespread damage to park infrastructure and dramatically changed its landscape. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park officials said there were no...
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Judge blocks Saturday's grizzly hunts in Wyoming, Idaho

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the opening of the first public grizzly bear hunts in Wyoming and Idaho in more than 40 years, as he considers whether the government was wrong to lift federal protections on the animals. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen's...
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'Promposal' Graffiti on a National Monument Was Definitely Not The Best Idea

Prom proposals, or "Promposals" as they're more socially known, are getting more and more elaborate... but one person may face jail time over how they decided to pop the question!
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