Feral Cattle, Pit Bulls Run Wild at Sand to Snow National Monument

“It’s Jurassic Park,” says one local of the California preserve’s animal problem. Don’t worry–these kids at Sand to Snow National Monument are running out out joy, not to escape feral cattle. Hikers at Sand to Snow National Monument have to worry about more than the usual blisters: A large herd of feral cattle is roaming the area,…

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National Park Service Saw 330 Million Visitors in 2017

Zion, Grand Canyon, and others recorded highest-ever visitor counts. Zion National Park saw a record number of visitors in 2017.The National Park Service recorded more than 330 million visits in 2017, the second highest in its history, according to a report published Wednesday. In a year marked by the total solar eclipse visible across North America,…

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Black-Footed Ferrets Are Your New BFFs

The adorable little predators can eat 100 prairie dogs per year—but plague and rodent control almost pushed them into extinction. Editor’s Note: In our new series Nature is Rad, we’re exploring the animals and plants that make the outdoors our favorite place to play. The subject of this week’s entry: one of North America’s most…

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The Plan to Shrink Bears Ears National Monument

Zinke recommends cutting down preserve, focusing on archeological sites over recreation in report. Bears EarsInterior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Monday recommended that President Donald Trump reduce the size of Bears Ears National Monument, opening a new chapter in the fight over the controversial Utah preserve. In a conference call announcing his decision, Zinke said that…

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Waterproofing’s Dirty Little Secret

Is Your Jacket Harming the Environment? It’s among the most satisfying of all outdoor experiences: Standing in a deluge, you watch the rain bead off your waterproof jacket like droplets off a freshly waxed Porsche. Not only do you feel dry, you feel smug: Technology has triumphed over nature. Would you feel even better knowing…

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Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Removed From Endangered Species List

Conservation groups criticize decision, threaten lawsuit. Citing increased population numbers, the Department of the Interior announced Thursday that it would strip protections from the Yellowstone grizzly, one of the best-studied bear populations in the world. In a statement, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that the bears had recovered enough that state and tribal agencies could…

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