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The latest news from around the National Park System.

Report: Great Smoky Mountains National Park Staff Not Negligent In Battling Deadly Chimney Tops 2 Fire

A deadly fire fed by kindling-dry forests and whipped out of control by hurricane-force winds at Great Smoky Mountains National Park "overwhelmed" the park staff's ability to fight it, according to an independent review of the blaze that killed 14 in neighboring communities.
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Zoos Work With Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Parks To Boost Critically Endangered Frog Populations

Call it "frog lift." Tadpoles were emergency-airlifted from remote locations in Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, transported to Oakland Zoo and San Francisco Zoo to be cleared of disease, raised into frogs, immunized, and then released back into their natal lakes with hopes of restoring their dwindling populations in the wild.
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Two Mountain Lion Kittens Found In The Santa Monica Mountains

National Park Service researchers have added two mountain lion kittens to a long-running study of the species in and around the Santa Monica Mountains. The siblings, a female and male named P-59 and P-60, were found by National Park Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists earlier this month in the central portion of the range.
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Fare-free, Propane-Powered Island Explorer Bus System Carries 7 Millionth Passenger At Acadia National Park

A major milestone was achieved at Acadia National Park when Wayne and Charlene Ferguson and Annie, their Yorkshire terrier, boarded the Oceanarium bus route of the Island Explorer, a fare-free, propane-powered bus system that serves the park and its surrounding communities on Mount Desert Island and the Schoodic Peninsula.
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