Interesting news day today...particularly around Yellowstone NP and the seemingly age-old discussion about Bison and Wolves in the Park.

James


Klondike Gold rush National Park:
On a quiet corner in Seattle's Pioneer Square, in the former Cadillac Hotel, sits the Klondike Gold Rush national park. Inside the park, are photographs and exhibits to help visitors learn about the Klondike gold rush of 1987 and the role Seattle played in outfitting the stampeders.
http://scienceblogs.com/digitalbio/2009/01/a_golden_experience_at_the_klo.php



Misc Parks News (and other National Monument/Historic news):
Longfellow Historic Site honors park ranger
The Longfellow National Historic Site will celebrate poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and honor longtime park ranger, Paul Blandford, Saturday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. in Story Chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery.
http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/x1621243998/Longfellow-Historic-Site-honors-park-ranger

Outside of the North American Park System:
Lions return to Mburo national park
HREE lions have been sighted in Lake Mburo National Park, a decade after they were declared extinct in the protected area that lies nearest to Kampala.
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/13/667863

Slain Congolese ranger called 'exceptional'
Colleagues and bloggers are praising a park ranger shot dead last week in Congo's Virunga National Park as a brave and committed protector of gorillas.
http://edition.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/africa/01/12/congo.slain.ranger/

Yellowstone NP:
Wolf Numbers Decline in Yellowstone in 08
The number of wolves in Yellowstone National Park declined by 27 percent last year, but wildlife officials said Monday that the drop isn't unusual.
http://www.flatheadbeacon.com/articles/article/wolf_numbers_decline_in_yellowstone_in_08/7643/

Wolf Numbers Down in Yellowstone National Park (a similar article)
The number of wolves in Yellowstone National Park dropped last year for the first time in three years.
http://www.kpvi.com/Global/story.asp?S=9660287

Study: Disease risk posed by roaming bison is low
A new study says more bison could be allowed to migrate outside Yellowstone National Park without significantly increasing the risk of spreading a disease carried by the animals to livestock.
http://www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/01/12/ap5909800.html

Study Suggests Ways to Avoid Slaughter of Yellowstone Bison
last winter, government agencies killed one third of Yellowstone National Park's bison herd due to concerns about the possible spread of a livestock disease to cattle that graze in areas around the park. Such drastic measures may be unnecessary, however, according to researchers who have assessed the risk of disease transmission from Yellowstone bison to cattle.
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/547961/

Zion NP:
Zion National Park raises use limits in Spry Canyon
Zion National Park Superintendent Jock Whitworth announced today that the number of visitors permitted to travel through the Spry Canyon canyoneering
route will be increased by more than 50 percent per day for the 2009 season. On Jan. 1, the use limit for Spry Canyon increased from 12 people per day to 20 people per day.
http://www.thespectrum.com/article/20090112/NEWS01/90112022