Parks

FILE - In this Wednesday, July 6, 2011, file photo, a grizzly bear roams near Beaver Lake in Yellowstone National Park. The U.S. Interior Department announced Thursday, June 22, 2017, that the grizzly population in the Yellowstone vicinity has recovered and federal protections will be lifted, which will allow Montana, Wyoming and Idaho to hold limited bear hunts outside park boundaries. (AP Photo/Jim Urquhart, File)
June 22, 2017 - 2:11 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened. Grizzlies in all continental U.S. states...
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FILE - In this June 22, 2016 file photo, the "House on Fire" ruins in Mule Canyon in Bears Ears National Monument near Blanding, Utah. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size and says Congress should step in to designate how selected areas of the 1.3 million-acre site are categorized. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)
June 13, 2017 - 6:10 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to downsize a vast new national monument in Utah created optimism among opponents of 26 other monuments under review around the country and fear among conservation groups that worry he will propose shrinking or rescinding other...
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FILE--In this Dec. 28, 2016 file photo,the two buttes that make up the namesake for Utah's Bears Ears National Monument in southeastern Utah. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is recommending that the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size and says Congress should step in to designate how selected areas of the 1.3 million-acre site are categorized. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, file)/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)
June 12, 2017 - 9:12 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's call to review 27 national monuments established by three former presidents put in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering sequoia trees, deep canyons and ocean habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles...
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In this photo taken April 26, 2017, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke speaks at the Interior Department in Washington. Ryan Zinke is recommending that the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size and says Congress should step in to designate how selected areas of the 1.3 million-acre site are categorized. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
June 12, 2017 - 6:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday recommended that the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah be reduced in size and said Congress should step in to designate how selected areas of the 1.3 million-acre site are managed. Zinke made the recommendation as part of an interim...
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In this undated photo provided by the National Park Service shows mountain lion kittens known as P-57 and P-58, who were abandoned by their three-year-old mother. The two mountain lion kittens have died in the Southern California wilderness after being abandoned by their mother. The male and female were part of a study of cougars by researchers with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area near Los Angeles. (National Park Service via AP)
June 07, 2017 - 3:58 pm
CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — Two mountain lion kittens being tracked by scientists have died in the Southern California wilderness after being abandoned by their mother. The male and female dubbed P-57 and P-58 were part of a study of cougars by researchers with the Santa Monica Mountains National...
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June 05, 2017 - 6:28 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday tapped the head of Utah's wildlife management division as deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a newly created position where the appointee will serve as acting head of the agency until a director is named and...
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FILE - This Jan. 14, 2015 file photo shows El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, Calif. An elite rock climber has become the first to climb alone to the top of the massive granite wall in Yosemite National Park without ropes or safety gear. National Geographic documented Alex Honnold's historic ascent of El Capitan on Saturday, June 3, 2017, saying the 31-year-old completed the "free solo" climb Saturday in nearly four hours. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)
June 05, 2017 - 12:51 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Honnold had dreamed about climbing the mighty El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without any safety gear for eight years. But every time he looked up the massive granite wall, he found it too daunting. That was the case until this weekend, when the elite rock climber...
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In this May 19, 2017 photo, the Route 66 Diner, once a gas station is shown in Albuquerque, N.M. Route 66, the American Mother Road that once connected motorists from Illinois to California, may lose its place in a National Park Service's preservation program, ending years of efforts aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns. A federal law authorizing the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is set to expire in two years. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
May 23, 2017 - 2:21 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Route 66, the historic American roadway that linked Chicago to the West Coast, soon may be dropped from a National Park Service preservation program, which would end years of efforts aimed at reviving old tourist spots in struggling towns. A federal law authorizing the...
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In this undated image released by PBS, a brown bear catches salmon at Brooks Falls Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. PBS is collaborating with the BBC on a live nature series set in Alaska this July, where cameras will attempt to capture bears, eagles, wolves and whales in their natural habitat.  (Gareth Wildman/PBS via AP)
May 22, 2017 - 6:33 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — PBS is collaborating with the BBC on a special live event this summer where cameras will try to catch bears, wolves, eagles and other wildlife in their natural habitat in Alaska. "Wild Alaska Live" will air over three nights on PBS on July 23, 26 and 30. Cameras placed in the...
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In this image made from video released by Amur Tiger Centre/WWF, a male Amur tiger is seen before being released into the wild in Bikin National Park in southeastern Russia, Monday, May 15, 2017. A Siberian tiger that terrorized Russia's Far East city of Vladivostok by prowling its suburbs has been relocated to a vast, wild Russian national park where officials hope he will thrive. The tiger, nicknamed Vladik, was captured last October on the edge of Vladivostok. He was helicoptered Monday to Bikin National Park, 500 kilometers (350 miles) further north. (Amur Tiger Centre/WWF via AP)
May 18, 2017 - 2:02 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — A Siberian tiger that terrorized Russia's Far East city of Vladivostok by prowling its suburbs has been relocated to a vast Russian national park where officials hope he will thrive. The tiger, nicknamed Vladik, was captured in October on the edge of Vladivostok. He flown by...
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