The use of pepper spray can have a potentially negative impact on bear/human encounters. Obviously, a bear that charges a person is a prime candidate for spraying at close quarters. However, automatically spraying a bear that you happen to encounter on a trail and which shows no aggressive behavior may do more harm than good.
Oct 6th - 13:54pm |
If at first it doesn't succeed...
Oct 5th - 13:52pm |
Short burst due not always work if it is a preditory or combative charge you may need to spray much longer. If the bear returnes or recharges you may have to spray a second or third time. DURATION & DISTANCE COUNT
There are rules and have been rules for years about radio controlled (RC) aircraft, which is what these drones fall under the control of. You can't fly them in populated areas and they are not as one commented free to fly anywhere. A true drone, one flown by remote camera, are currently illegal everywhere. These are RC aircrafts and must follow the rules for them.
Philly, the gentleman in the photo did indeed launch his drone in the park, even after I pointed out that he was in a national park and that drones were banned in national parks. There are other cases, as well -- are you familiar with the drone laying at the bottom of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park, or the buzzing of wildlife in Zion National Park?
Oct 6th - 01:16am |
How can someone be a "scofflaw" when he is doing something that is perfectly legal?
National Park Service is in charge of National Park lands. They do not have the authority to control airspace far above their parks. That's what FAA does - and FAA is perfectly fine with recreational 'drone' flying. (with a few restricted areas.)
Your articles are always enjoyable to read, Lee. I was there eons ago before my move to Texas (which I still consider a temporary move). Younger then, I didn't notice half as much as I would now (I hope). This article reminds me to go there again.
Bobbie was a cousin that I never got to know. I'm so glad that you did and shared it with us.
Your last paragraph about energy resonated with me to the core because I've always believed that after death our energy lives on. Lives on in others as well as the universe. Our energy is what keeps the universe in perspective......and real.....and alive.
We just moved to this beautiful area, living just off of highway 20. My wife, who is stationed in Marblemount, has already taken some short hikes in the park and I have hopes to get back into sufficient physical condition to join her on more. I envy the authors their opportunity in exploring the park the way it truly should be explored.
Oct 1st - 10:43am |
North Cascades is such an amazing park, especially the Hannegan/Copper Ridge area, and most of this trip was on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail!
While it's not peak foliage yet in Acadia National Park, our latest blog post includes live webcams and link to state of Maine's weekly foliage report, as well as a round-up of activities in Acadia and surrounding communities throughout the month of October. We'll update the post once the official word comes from Maine, that foliage is peaking, so be sure to check back.
I'm curious about the ghost sighting in Room #2 as I had a very similar experience at the hotel many years ago - including waking my husband and seeing a woman dressed in a 19th century dress. I would love to compare notes with the woman who saw the ghost - what color was the dress, what, if anything did the woman say or do, etc. If you know who the guest was, please pass this on.
I agree, the biggest thing for me is to hike early in the morning. I also hike in the evenings sometimes. I've noticed that the farther you hike from a trailhead the more the crowd thins out. Even a mile-long hike will be far less crowded than a scenic vista or turnout.
We've been able to avoid the crowds in all the years we've been going to Acadia National Park, by taking these steps: Get to the trailhead early or late, pick a trail in the less crowded part of the park, or go in May or June or after Labor Day, and avoid 3-day weekends.
Al, I wonder sometimes whether or not our recollections of things in our past aren't influenced by rose colored glasses. I understand that you are a very strong supporter of the railroads and their role in advocating the development of national parks as tourist destinations. In my early teens, I too often preferred to ride the trains whenever possible.
Considering what a wreck DNC has made of the concessions at Yosemite (I have *never* seen such dirty bathrooms as I have at Curry Village, among many other issues), their executives deserve to be laughed out of court. Then they need to be fined in the millions.
Yes, this is a moral and ethical opinion, not a legal one.
Sep 24th - 16:16pm |
I really hope DNC improves it concessions in Yosemite. It is one of the few weak spots at Yosemite
The Minute Man National Monument just north of Boston is worth seeing, some pretty scenery and some historic sights (including a memorial to the British soldiers who were killed). Gettysburg is extremely moving and you can get some very creative shots of statues, etc.
If this were an effective method of managing deer and forest damage they would not have to continue it forever as they seem to be doing.
Sep 29th - 07:17am |
And how has the culling worked out over the years, so far? Have deer number decreased, or is that number lower only immediatley after the"'cull"? Have there been any years in which it wasn't "necessary" to perform the cull?
The answer should be obviouols if the hunting continues.
Thanks for the memories of Bill Jones and Carl Sharsmith, who were my mentors during the summer of 1961. I used what they taught me both in my career with the BLM wilderness program and conservation groups and, since retiring, in my volunteer work.
Mackie, Thanks again for the book reference. I have been reading it for the past few days and find it captivating. I can related to some of the writer's experiences, especially the intrusion of politics into the managment process.
So nice to see a campground instead of a huge resort. I have friends who just visited their first national park (Yellowstone) after in part hearing me talk them up. Needless to say they came back less enthused than I had hoped due to the overwhelming crowds. More is not always better.
Just got back from a trip to Schoodic Woods, and we've put together a blog post on everything you need to know about it: best camp site, with view of Cadillac; what you can see on the new year-round hiking and biking trails; and why there are no shower facilities.
I spent a week in Skagway and enjoyed every minute. I did avoid the shopping and instead took a bike ride to the Jewel Garden for a great meal and tour of their park like landscape, sculptures and miniature train set up in the gardens.
Sep 24th - 11:55am |
MN born, Skagwa...
How sad, another tourist comes to our town, never leaves the one street consisting of 6 blocks of the tourism area (we are 23 block by 4 blocks), and thinks he knows what our beautiful alaskan community is like. Did you hike our trails that hold beauty that is second to none? did you visit our school that provides an iPad for ever single student?
Sep 23rd - 06:57am |
Well, as a journalist, I found your story about the town I lived in and was the town's editor for six years, snarky and missing of come important history. Skagway has always been a town where people come off of boats in droves, if as a Parkie you know the town's history. During the gold ruch toruists came to just watch the stampede, and yes, ride the train.
SELC is a wonderful conservation organization with dedicated lawyers and staff. Their advocacy in trying to stop an ill conceived plan of bridges on a national wildlife refuge was commendable. The state's plan called for 2 additional bridges to be built on the refugee, keeping the refugee in a perpetual state of construction for 10 to 20 years.
The SELC (Southern Environmental Law Center) is responsible for at least 10 years of litigation and tens of millions of dollars spent at their law firm opposing the bridge replacement in the name of saving the birds of Pea Island NWR into which the bridge returns people to land on highway 12 in NC.
was there several years ago and it is an eerie feeling...the high walls and unsure footing of rocks and river stones ...the Rangers all over the Park Service DO tell people of the rules and dangers...it has always amazed me how people think it will never happen to them. This area is not safe...it can be warm and sunny and in seconds you can be swept up and banged against the walls.
Rabies is a very serious illness. Bats get a bad rap however. Only between 3-5% of bats have rabies. But when in doubt, leave it alone. http://www.getbatsout.com/rabid-bats-arent-cool-even-look-cute-fuzzy/
"Why not set up feeding stations in locations (away from human activity) where bears would normally find berries etc.? It would supplement in times of low berry production & help prevent the bears 'intrusion' into populated areas," Anonymous.
This sad tale highlights some important concerns of managing the interface of people and wildlife in the parks. A bear or other wildlife that seems docile or even "tame" around humans is still fundementally a wild animal and should be treated with respect and caution. The more we intrude on wildlife habitat the greater the possibility of unfortunate conflicts taking place.