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In Memoriam: Well-Known Yellowstone White Wolf Dies Unnatural Death

Twelve-year-old alpha female deserved a wild end to her wild life, but that was not to be

Officials at Yellowstone National Park first shared the sad news in mid-April: A well-known white wolf in the park had been found severely injured and was later euthanized. Then on May 11, after a necropsy by the US Fish and Wildlife Service…
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by: John Soltes – May 16, 2017

Nonnative Species are Posing Management Challenges in Parks Across the US

Problem exacerbated by climate change, which has plants and animals moving beyond their historical ranges

While heading to the Bear Lake parking lot in Rocky Mountain National Park, I was aware of the preserved, splendid wilderness in all directions. The road meanders from civilization in Estes Park, Colorado, to the deep environs of a vast wild land…
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by: John Soltes – January 17, 2017

Yellowstone: A Wild Place of Perpetual Discovery

Wolves draw visitors to national park in cold winter months

Yellowstone National Park, established in 1872 as America’s first national park, welcomed more than 4 million visitors in 2015, a number that has steadily grown in recent years. The home of free-ranging bison, elk, wolves, bears, and bighorn sheep, among other iconic…
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by: John Soltes – February 24, 2016

White-Nose Syndrome Continues to Kill Bat Populations Across North America

Efforts to get the most threatened bat species listed as endangered fail

Near the border of New Jersey and New York, a small bat tucked in its wings and hung from the eave of a forest cabin. The mammal was taking a well-deserved rest during the daylight hours, awaiting the sun’s dip below the…
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by: John Soltes – October 5, 2015

Tick Populations Booming

As climates change, ticks spread farther north, harming dogs and humans

A few weeks ago, on a pleasantly cool day, this reporter and his dog, an Alaskan malamute named Bear, headed for a small set of trails in an area of woods not far from the New York-New Jersey border. With bicyclists plying…
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by: John Soltes – July 28, 2015

North Carolina Wants Feds to End Red Wolf Rewilding Program

Only 100 of this reclusive, endangered canid remain in the wild

The red wolf, an endangered species with fewer than 100 individuals left in the wild and approximately 200 in captive breeding facilities around the country, is a striking, smart-looking canid with pointy ears tinged an autumn crimson. Larger than coyotes and smaller…
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by: John Soltes – February 24, 2015

Costa Rica Still a Hotspot for Birders

Travelers flock to the Central American nation with high hopes of seeing rare and beautiful birds

On an overcast day in the middle of Costa Rica’s green season, the boat floated down the murky Río Frío (cold river) along the border of Nicaragua. Large trees, seemingly pulled from a Dr. Seuss book, lined the waterway, casting shadows along…
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by: John Soltes – October 30, 2014

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