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Lodging In The Parks: New Badlands Cabins A Major Upgrade

May 24th - 19:23pm | Dave Waltz

For all of you that think the cabins to expensive.There is still a campground and you can buy a tent at Walmart for $29.

National Park Service Approves Seismic Testing For Oil In Big Cypress National Preserve

May 24th - 18:23pm | argalite


May 24th - 17:10pm | argalite

I worked at Big Cypress on their fire crew.  We reduced the vegetation from around their oil pumping plant, and hunters cabins, driving swamp buggies made into fire trucks.  In the winter I was there, the ground (limestone) was covered with 2 feet of water.  With what has gone on in that area, seismic testing is not a pressing problem.  They need to continue to try and get t

May 24th - 17:03pm | argalite

Funny how some people can read minds of others (Dr. Runte and the President).

May 24th - 14:12pm | fjfagergren

Several folks commented on the EA versus and EIS and some suggest the EA was prompted by pressures from Interior or higher.  This might be true, however, I must note there have been several other decision at Big Cypress where the legislation and legislative history has not being followed:  e.g., the use of "multiple use" with planning documents to justify expansion of some uses.

May 24th - 14:04pm | fjfagergren

There is great danger in making such general statements such as these.  ORV impacts directly related to where the use occurs and this is true with the proposed seismic equipment.  Previous ORV Impact studies have concluded that there is permanent damage from ORVs, especially but not only in the many sensitive areas already identified within the Preserve.

Wrong Bear Put Down In Connection With Hiker Attack At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

May 24th - 16:44pm | Paulette B

Where did these "biologists" get their degree -- Walmart?

May 23rd - 14:11pm | Kurt Repanshek

Hiking Diva, not entirely sure what is inaccurate about the above story.This is what park officials said last June about the bear that was put down:"On the morning of June 8, a bear was caught in a culvert trap set at campsite 84. Biologists euthanized the bear and collected a sample for DNA analysis."

May 23rd - 13:46pm | Hiking Diva

Your article is incredibly inaccurate about the attack last June. Although DNA revealed the bear the rangers took down was not the bear involved in the horrific attack, the bear still exhibited excessive aggression that the rangers felt necessary to shoot.

The Real Story About The Bison Calf That Took A Ride In The Car

May 24th - 15:59pm | Susan thomas

From what I read, the bison in Yellowstone have a disease that will not allow other sanctuaries take the calf in, for fear of the disease spreading to their livestock. That is why the Rangers could not save its life. Very sad, but true. I have been to Yellowstone and seen

May 24th - 15:36pm | 46er

Unfortunately, you completely miss the author's point.

May 24th - 13:46pm | Vicki Wantland

Thank You Debi for your article. I imagine that many who visit Yellowstone are naive with regard to the animals and the territory. I was there in 2013, the first time in nearly fifty years. We loved it and are going back next month, hopefully a little smarter.

May 24th - 13:14pm | Anonymous

Sad, but even Yellowstone is not "nature". There is not one unturned stone of this land left that is "nature". A bison steps over Yellowstone boundary and it will unnaturally be shot and taken from it's healthy herd "unnaturally".

May 24th - 13:00pm | Retired Ethical...

Will, this is just an assumption, but the Rangers and Park Biologists may have been watching this calf to see if it would be re-accepted by its mother or rejected.

May 24th - 12:27pm | E. Will


May 24th - 12:00pm | Sarah Irwin

You say that they never interfere except for disease or similar exceptions but you killed the bear last year that killed a hiker. There are definitely times when Yellowstone cares more about the tourism dollars than leaving nature to be. If the hiker wanted to go off then you should let him be, just as the bison calf was let to be. It's just the nature of the wild as you say

May 23rd - 23:41pm | Rick B.

I'm seeing a lot of emotional commentary after the fact from people who weren't there, talking either about their personal opinion on what other people should have done, or talking about their opinion on what they themselves would have done different had they been there. None of them were there however.

May 23rd - 22:32pm | susan egan

altho well wrtten i totaly disagree i worked with animals for many years and it icludes the wildlife,their are many options that could have be taken,after all i can see it maybe 50 years ago before they came up with the many options they have now even a farmer would have taken care of the baby and bottle feed it just like calfs who lost their moms to death and then send the

May 23rd - 21:45pm | Barbara Daiana ...

But if an animal asking for help, cross in our way , nature tell us to help she/he. We are human, we are natural "felling" animals.

May 23rd - 21:36pm | Nancy P McNelis...

I understand why they have to do what they do, but it's just hard to read about. I'm sorry if this  doesn't  look right or read  right it's because I'm doing it thru tears, I 

May 23rd - 21:35pm | rmackie

Must agree Pascale, it is a tough sell to cave to the livestock industry, then round up the buffalo in the park and slaughter them, then kill this motherless calf. I am sure there are many employees in the park that like it about as much as we do. 

May 23rd - 20:53pm | Pascale

Unfortunately yellow stone national park does not follow nature's cycle of life either "The so called interagency Bison Management plan, Montana dept.

May 23rd - 20:35pm | Darlene Summers

This is a great article by Deby Dixon. This was such a very sad story about this poor little newborn bison calf. My heart is saddened for this newborn bison calf and all those other little calves in similar situations.  I understand what Deby is saying about the way of the wild but I also understand the people that tried to save this bison calf.

May 23rd - 17:41pm | Susan Fanning

This was a wonderful article.  Thank you for bringing this harsh reality to light to make people aware of what happens in the wild with these beautiful creatures.  It certainly can be heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time.  I'm sure those people who took the calf in their vehicle were only trying to help.

May 23rd - 16:48pm | cynthia olsen

Thank you for clarifying this heart breaking situation. As humans, we think along our human ways. Nature lives in their ways. It's good to try to understand the differences.

May 23rd - 16:37pm | Pat

Don't worry, I avoid those who are "so very righteous"

May 23rd - 16:12pm | Kelly G

Deby,  I agree w well written and explained with such eloquence, it brought tears to my eyes. I was heartbroken over seeing this poor baby separated from his mother and lost in the vastness of his world.

May 23rd - 15:31pm | K

You just couldn't leave well enough alone, could you? Next time, leave the calf alone. You are not God. And you certainly did not help. I am sad and angry that you thought you did.

May 23rd - 15:10pm | Corrinna

I like many other people here, do not agree with the killing.  The Rangers could have found the baby a home, one where he could have had the chance to live a long and happy life.  I understand a lot about nature and the wildlife and maybe it was wrong that the tourists tried to help the poor baby calf, but as cruel as nature may be, there is no reason when someone has tried to save a

May 23rd - 15:05pm | Corrinna

As wrong as it is, I would have tried to save the baby too....I know that you are not supposed to mess with nature, but if the calf was alone for a few days and in such a bad way, then I do think the Rangers could have taken it to a safe place and asked for someone to help to rear it, like many people have commented on previous posts, there are plenty of farmers, parks etc that could have been

May 23rd - 15:00pm | Lou Ann

I agree that the calf should not have been shot.  There are sanctuaries and rescue places.  Looks like the ranger was trigger happy.  So devastating.

May 23rd - 14:02pm | Rose

Very well written....

May 23rd - 14:01pm | Rose

EXACTLY.....BUT this was not NATURAL & if a HUMAN is to make the error & intervene I stand by sending calf to the Sanctuary.  MURDER is wrong on every level!

May 23rd - 13:55pm | Rose

I totally agree,  I checked & there are many BISON Sanctuaries in NW Territory.  Killing them is not the answer, we are keeping MANY types of aniamls on the EXTINCT List in captivity to Breed & Hope to reintroduce once again to their native land, if there is any left?????   Humans are taking their natural habitat & DO NOT seem to CARE!

May 23rd - 13:51pm | Jeff Jackson

Very eloquent, poignant, well-written bullshit. The calf could have been saved. End of story.

When Did Dancing In The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Become A Crime?

May 24th - 15:43pm | eganser

How is shoplifting a victomless crime? Your argument is invalid.

May 24th - 14:37pm | Anonymous

I agree. By the responses to the officer warning them not to dance, you can tell that they WANTED to cause a disturbance. Then, they post these videos and say the police are the bad people here?? That's the comical part to me, but so many jump on their wagon and defend them, while bashing the police! I hope that those bashing never need the help of an officer..

May 24th - 13:42pm | hmmm

Those cops should be arrested for drawing attention to themselves since that's what's illegal.  

May 24th - 12:34pm | Morgan


May 24th - 12:06pm | A Brit

Probably best to use guns. That would really work!   So unnecessary to over react like that.  Ignore them and they'll go away.

May 24th - 07:02am | Non-Liberal

The people who did this planned this out and were doing this on purpose to get this on camera and claim that they're patriots for free speech, freedom of expression and what not.. They aren't. they're just a bunch of liberals wasting the time and energy of officers that would rather just be patrolling the area instead of arresting someone. 

May 24th - 05:54am | Katherine

They might have been out to provoke a response but they deliberately did a non-threatening, nonviolent, quiet thing, to show how even that can get you judo slammed on the floor with 4 police officers on top of you in America. Watch the video notice how they purposely weren't resisting, but the police were still repeatedly screaming, "Stop resisting!

May 23rd - 18:47pm | Jeff

You mean like the absolute regulation and enforcement of a no dancing rule?  Yeah,  that's what this country needs ;more doing what you're told to do.  Because,  you know,  that worked so well for our ancestors in colonial America.  

May 23rd - 18:05pm | Nick

Licensing: When the government takes away your rights and then sells them back to you. Jefferson would be heartbroken. 

National Park Service Director Impressed With Maine North Woods, National Park Proponents Hopeful

May 24th - 14:45pm | Greenville

This,  is not in your backyard. Newport, Maine is 100 miles from the proposed Monument Park. The local towns most proximate to the Park, have all voted 2 - 1 against it. This has been consistent for 30 years.

House Natural Resources Committee To Hold Field Hearing In Maine

May 24th - 14:39pm | Greenville

The most proximate communities to the proposed monument have individually voted 2 -1 against the proposal. There is firm and compelling feeling against it. This has remained consistent for 30 years.

UPDATED: Bear Bites Hiker At Great Smoky Mountains National Park

May 24th - 14:35pm | TJ

If this person was a thruhiker tenting near the shelter would be fine.

Cycling at Haleakala National Park Given "High Risk" Rating

May 24th - 12:33pm | argalite

If they just ban commercial bicycle use, that's fine.  To keep private citizens from using the road would be a horrible mistake.

May 24th - 09:00am | Janet Forde

I am so  tired of hearing that when an accident happens it is always rider error. My husband and I were married in Maui and decided to go back to celebrate our 10 year wedding aniversary. We really looked forward to this 2 week vacation and made a lot of plans, including the bike tour through what was referred to as the safest bike company.

Coming To Terms With Death In The Backcountry

May 23rd - 15:53pm | Mike Painter

Thanks for the nice reflection, Kurt.

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