National parks to limit free days for visitors

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, a large bison blocks traffic as tourists take photos of the animals in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days it allows visitors to get in for free. After waiving entrance fees for 16 days in 2016 and 10 days in 2017, the National Park Service announced Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, that it will have four no-cost days next year. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — National parks in the U.S. will sharply drop the number of days they allow visitors to get in for free, a move that was criticized by opponents of the parks’ plan to raise entrance costs at other times of the year.

Hidden lives of deer and elk

An elk wearing a GPS collar is seen in this Fish and Game photo. Roger Phillips / Fish and Game

The whup, whup, whup of a helicopter grows louder as a herd of deer flees toward a trap. A small army of Fish and Game staff and volunteers hide as the animals run into a hidden net and become entangled.

Dodgy adventures in the virtual world

A skier and his dog head up the Teton Canyon Road on Saturday east of Driggs. There was just enough snow for groomers to set tracks and smooth it out for skate skiers. In the background, Mount Owen, the Grand, Table Mountain and the Middle Teton can be seen. (Jerry Painter photo)

Last week, sweat was dripping off my face as if a tiny sprinkler was perched on my crown.

National monuments and why they’re divisive

FILE - In this undated file photo, the Upper Gulch section of the Escalante Canyons within Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument features sheer sandstone walls, broken occasionally by tributary canyons. Utah has long stood out for going far beyond other Western states in trying to get back control of its federally protected lands. When President Donald Trump on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, announces he's going to shrink two national monuments in the state, his warm welcome will stand out in a region that is normally protective of its parks and monuments. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac, File)

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Trump signs proclamation to scale back Utah national monuments

President Donald Trump speaks at the Utah State Capitol Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Salt Lake City. Trump traveled to Salt Lake City to announce plans to shrink two sprawling national monuments in Utah in a move that will delight the state's GOP politicians and many rural residents who see the lands as prime examples of federal overreach, but will enrage tribes and environmentalist groups who vow to immediately sue to preserve the monuments. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

SALT LAKE CITY — President Donald Trump signed a proclamation Monday to scale back two sprawling national monuments in Utah, pledging to “reverse federal overreach and restore the rights of this land to your citizens.”

Challenges and rewards

Hunting geese in the Southwest Region. Courtesy Roger Phillips / Idaho Fish and Game

December is when a hunter’s will gets tested. It’s easy to look at short, cold days, gray skies and often dubious road conditions and think “maybe I will just call it a season.”

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