May 8, 2014
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Grand Canyon, Ariz. – National Park Service employees continue to search for missing Glendale, AZ resident Marc Buckhout, according to a National Park Service release on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, July 16 sometime between 2:30-3 p.m., MST, a bat landed on a visitor while she was standing in front of the Tusayan Museum, just west of the Desert View Visitors’ Center within Grand Canyon National Park. The bat crawled on the visitor’s shorts, shirt, and leg for at least 10 minutes. A crowd gathered around the bat to take pictures. This bat was later captured and euthanized and tested positive for rabies on July 19. The identity of the individual is unknown at this time.
Grand Canyon tourism supports 6238 jobs and has a $476 million economic impact
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 4.6 million visitors to Grand Canyon National Park in 2013 spent $476 million in communities near the park, which produced 6,238 local jobs. The Grand Canyon remains the state’s biggest tourist draw, but the study demonstrates the impact of such well-known attractions for tourist dependent rural economies like Payson.
With their natural beauty and protected environments, the Grand Canyon and other national parks in the West would seem removed from having mercury in their streams and rivers.