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Grand Teton closure lifted after peregrine falcon chicks take flight

A pair of Grand Teton peregrine falcons nesting in a popular climbing spot had prompted a temporary closure of the area.

A public closure in Grand Teton National Park at Baxter’s Pinnacle and Descent Gully near the mouth of Cascade Canyon was lifted on Saturday, Aug. 16. The area closure went into effect May 6 to protect an active peregrine falcon nest. The adult falcons successfully reared four chicks which have now developed wing feathers and are able to fly. While peregrines can lay up to five eggs, this marks the most young ever fledged at a single nest in Grand Teton National Park. Continue Reading →

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Grizzly managers recommend ending Yellowstone area bears’ protected status

Wildlife officials have proposed ending federal protections for Yellowstone area grizzly bears.

A team of grizzly bear biologists and managers meeting in Montana this week voted unanimously to recommend removing greater Yellowstone area grizzlies from the federally administered list of threatened and endangered species. The groups' overwhelming recommendation is a strong signal of approval to managers with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of their plans to end grizzlies' protected status. Continue Reading →

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Yellowstone area grizzly bears move closer to removal from threatened list

A few grizzly bears have been spotted emerging from hibernation in Yellowstone National Park.

Grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone area took a step closer to losing some protections as a threatened species after a group of researchers last week reported positive trends in the recovering population. Wildlife managers from state, federal and tribal agencies met in Bozeman, Mont. to report on bear-human conflicts and hear details of continuing recovery efforts from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. Continue Reading →

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Feds plan endangered species protection for wolverine

Federal wildlife officials have proposed endangered species protection for the wolverine, a small but ferocious predator that has been known to kill deer or even elk. (click to enlarge)

The ferocious wolverine is known for its ability to defend against predators several times its size and weight. But apparently there is little defense for the animal against rising winter temperatures, as federal wildlife managers have announced their intent to list it as an endangered species threatened by climate change. Elusive and typically solitary except when breeding, wolverines are among the most rarely seen animals in the greater Yellowstone area, one of their last strongholds in the contiguous United States. A 2005-09 study found them in the southeast corner of Yellowstone and in the Gallatin National Forest, north of the park. Continue Reading →

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Four ‘other’ Grand Teton and Yellowstone animals to love on Endangered Species Day

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Even if they weren't sensitive species, wouldn't you still love the wolverine for its ferocity, the sage grouse for its elaborate courtship displays, the Canada lynx for its air of mystery and the boreal toad its toxic secretions? OK, maybe three out of four? So in honor of Endangered Species Day on Friday, May 18, here are four "other" fascinating and compelling Grand Teton and Yellowstone animals you might want to know more about. Though none of these animals is technically listed as endangered, they each are closely tracked by researchers for a variety of reasons. Continue Reading →

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