NPCA's Park Advocate » wildlife management News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Thu, 08 Oct 2015 20:32:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Meet 9 Endangered National Park Animals Fri, 16 May 2014 12:27:25 +0000 The news is grim for many threatened plants and animals struggling to adapt to habitat loss, changing climate patterns, development, and other dangers. Fortunately, national parks provide habitat for many species with fewer and fewer places to go. National parks have also been the settings for success stories putting previously endangered animals on the road […]]]> 0 Lone Wolves on Michigan’s Isle Royale: An Island Dilemma Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:46:48 +0000 Isle Royale National Park’s remote wilderness is, in many visitors’ opinions, one of its best attributes. But this isolation may be contributing to the decline of one of its most beloved residents: wolves. These magnificent animals originally migrated to Isle Royale by crossing over ice bridges from the mainland, but because of the warming climate, […]]]> 0 The Fisher Kingdom Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:58:19 +0000 The Pacific fisher once roamed the forests of the northwestern United States, building dens and raising kits among the old-growth forests of the Cascade Mountains. Now, after decades of trapping and logging, the animals are all but gone from Washington State. Last month, the Park Service proposed a new program to bring more of these […]]]> 1 Fracking and National Park Wildlife Tue, 28 May 2013 08:52:33 +0000 Every year, hydraulic fracturing for natural gas and oil (known as “fracking”) moves closer to national park boundaries, posing threats to park wildlife that science is only beginning to understand. From the eastern boundary of Glacier National Park in Montana, visitors can throw a stone and hit any of 16 exploratory wells and associated holding […]]]> 4 NPCA Petitions Park Service to Safeguard Park Wolves in Wyoming Wed, 22 May 2013 13:07:28 +0000 Last September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) approved a plan to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species List in Wyoming. This controversial delisting could someday allow state-run wolf hunting within the John D. Rockefeller Parkway, a 24,000-acre national park site that connects Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. National parks are created […]]]> 0 Unsportsmanlike Conduct Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:45:56 +0000 I get a real sense of accomplishment when the Park Service takes action on an issue we’ve been pushing for years. In early April, the agency renewed temporary regulations to keep hunters from killing black bear cubs and sows with cubs with spotlights at their den sites in Gates of the Arctic and Denali National […]]]> 0 Focus on Water: Celebrating World Water Day with Major Everglades Milestone Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:47:29 +0000 Today, March 22, we celebrate World Water Day. Officially sanctioned by the United Nations, this year’s theme is water cooperation, which recognizes the need to balance demands and priorities among multiple players involved in water management decisions. Much of Everglades restoration is about water cooperation and finding appropriate management solutions to meet the many needs […]]]> 1 Protecting a Home for Wildlife on the Range Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:12:52 +0000 Several years ago, I was driving along a snaking bend of State Highway 22 that bisects Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and encountered the body of massive bull elk hanging from a fence that paralleled the road, its back legs hamstrung by four unyielding strands of barbed wire. His antlers were partially buried in a deep, windswept […]]]> 6 VIDEO: Native Birds and Wildlife Make a Comeback at Channel Islands National Park Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:56:39 +0000 Yesterday, the Park Service released more good news from Channel Islands National Park. Just a few weeks after biodiversity advocates celebrated the recovery of the night lizard on these protected islands, park officials and their partners are now sharing dramatic findings on improvements to bird populations and other native wildlife at Anacapa Island, one decade after removing invasive […]]]> 0 A Strong Recovery for the Island Night Lizard Fri, 22 Feb 2013 14:27:42 +0000 What’s three inches long, lives on a remote island, and was just removed from the Endangered Species List? Meet the island night lizard, a species unique to the Channel Islands, whose population has rebounded so significantly since 1977, as of this month, it no longer needs federal protection. This victory speaks both to the effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act and the importance […]]]> 0