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Vandals Break Into Devils Hole, At Least One Pupfish Killed

May 6th - 22:49pm | Becky Wilson

Creeps!  Go back to the city where you belong .  Idiots!    

May 6th - 21:42pm | Jeff L.

Under most circumstances I encourage public involvement but not when guns and alcohol are involved.  Document as much as you can and call 911.  It is illegal to discharge a firearm within a National Park so that's reason enough to call.

May 6th - 19:22pm | John Nelson

Unfortunatially our court system will give them a slap on the wrist. Too bad they weren't caught in the act by upstanding citizens.  

May 6th - 18:45pm | Richard Elliott

If they are caught, PLEASE throw the book at them--full fines and jail time!    

May 6th - 18:17pm | Kurt Repanshek

The OHV photo was even smaller.

May 6th - 18:07pm | Nick

Should probably also post a picture of the OHV, since that's likely to be more identifiable than their faces in that blurry shot.

May 6th - 17:57pm | Bill

I hope they feel they achieved at being assholes.  It apears they were very successful at it.  Maybe they will read this if they can read.  I only hope so.  If you can YOU WILL be found and YOU WILL be convicted only if the law catches YOU FIRST.

May 6th - 17:47pm | Don Martin

I wish I knew who they are. I would gladly turn them in and donate the reward to the Park Service to go toward repair of the  damage they caused.

May 6th - 17:10pm | nancy

Jackasses!!!

By the Numbers: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument

May 6th - 20:39pm | Danial 10bears ...

As a Native American I agree no amount of casinos will ever repay what was taken from all of native peoples of America. Even though we were all slightly different, we all took better care of our earth, our families and our communities than white people have demonstrated they do. The old ways are better.

Op-Ed | The True Meaning Of Soda Mountain: The White House Is Giving Away Our Public Lands

May 6th - 16:27pm | Alfred Runte

Just checking on the peers, Argalite.

May 6th - 14:54pm | ecbuck

Come on, EC. 7.5 billion people have to be having an impact,

May 6th - 14:36pm | ecbuck

The actual evidence does support it, as does simply looking. Really?  Is that why the predictions have been so terribly wrong?  You are not interested in debating because the facts aren't on your side.  

May 6th - 14:21pm | Rick B.

The actual evidence does support it, as does simply looking. Except, of course, when viewed through the blinders of ideology.   Don't bother, Eric. I'm not intested in debating a lost soul; I'm just making the point for the consideration of others who might innocently think you know what you're bloviating about.

May 6th - 11:54am | argalite

Wind turbines kill between 214,000 and 368,000 birds annually -- a small fraction compared with the estimated 6.8 million fatalities from collisions with cell and radio towers and the 1.4 billion to 3.7 billion deaths from cats, according to the peer-reviewed study by two federal scientists and the environmental consulting firm West

May 6th - 11:25am | argalite

A recent peer-reviewed study, which itself looked at 116 other studies from the U.S. and Canada, confirms that wind turbines are waaaay down the list of problems for birds; in fact by displacing fossil fuels they are helping birds, as well as everything else that is alive on the planet. A recent report confirmed that "hundreds of bird species in the U.S.

May 6th - 10:36am | Alfred Runte

Come on, EC. 7.5 billion people have to be having an impact, but yes, THAT IS THE IMPACT. It is not CO2. CO2 is the byproduct of the impact. If you don't want to stop the actual impact, stopping the byproduct won't do a thing.

May 6th - 01:23am | ecbuck

It is the opinion of the vast majority of experts in the field of "climate science" that the impact of 7.5 billion people and all their activities is having a serious impact on climate change.

May 5th - 22:07pm | Lee Dalton

I've tried in vain to find any good solid scientific information regarding bird kill by windmills.  There are a whole bunch of hits when you Google it, but the numbers are all over the place depending upon which group's numbers you choose to look at and accept. It appears that the bottom line is that nobody really knows.

May 5th - 21:29pm | rmackie

It is the opinion of the vast majority of experts in the field of "climate science" that the impact of 7.5 billion people and all their activities is having a serious impact on climate change. Activities include burning fossil fuels, deforestation, chemical pollution, well the list is lengthly.  That climate changes regardless of what we do is also a fact.

May 5th - 20:04pm | Alfred Runte

Good, Argalite. Now we're getting somewhere. Obviously you didn't read the article at all. You nonetheless want to argue about it, citing all of those scientists and "the rest of the world." Yes, some 180 countries sent representatives to Paris last year to sign a climate change agreement. Now we can all feel good that something is being done.

May 5th - 17:50pm | argalite

Why would I read some crappy article that begins with a statement about the administration saying the earth is warming?  When an article begins like that, you know it is going to be a buch of beliefs, instead of a serious discussion of facts.  What about the Union of Concerned Scientists?  the UN?  the rest of the world? 

May 5th - 16:33pm | Alfred Runte

Well, I am not saying it, Argalite, and now it is time for you to wake up. Your president has no problem with killing eagles in the name of wind power. What kind of "science" is that? There are about 200,000 eagles in the continental United States and Alaska. Is that enough? Fifty years ago, when there were 4,000, everyone sat up and noticed. Why is no one noticing now?

May 5th - 15:55pm | argalite

I don't understand why someone would write such drivel, as if it is this administration that is saying the world is warming.  It is the whole world that is saying it!  Wake up!

May 4th - 23:09pm | Alfred Runte

Jut when you thought it couldn't get any worse. . . http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/04/new-administration-rule-would...

Group Identifies 20 "Anti-Public Lands" Politicians

May 6th - 15:35pm | Lee Dalton

The Salt Lake Tribune carries a tragic story today.  Terry Tempest Williams, a long time environmental sciences professor a the University of Utah, best selling author, and well known for her opposition to extractive industries, is leaving the U.

Petition Opposes Delisting Yellowstone Grizzlies From Endangered Species Protection

May 6th - 15:07pm | Tracey Ellison

Are people more important than the grizzly bear? Only from the point of view of some people. - Edward Abbey

Tusayan Shuttle To Grand Canyon’s South Rim Extended Due To Popularity

May 6th - 13:55pm | Bruce Brossman

A good way to avoid all the gate and parking hassles is to take the Grand canyon Railway into the park. A much more fun ride than a car and then a bus. Have fun on the way!

Construction On Badwater Road In Death Valley Starts Monday

May 6th - 13:46pm | Kurt Repanshek

https://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/maps.htm

May 6th - 13:45pm | J. Ewing

You know, a map would help a lot.

Is NPS Getting Ready To Toss Bluffs Lodge On The Scrap Heap?

May 6th - 13:19pm | Jerry Resch

My wife and I discovered the Blue Ridge Parkway in 1981 as we were on our way to visit our niece and her new husband in High Point N.C.  After that, when our son was born in 1982, we went back about every other year to visit.  We always stayed at Pisgah or Bluffs Lodge, and love all the craft shops and visitors center in between.  One of our favorite foods at the Coffee S

A Grizzly-Sized Hole In The Landscape Of Yellowstone

May 6th - 12:40pm | Christine Barnes

We took our grandchildren to Yellowstone last summer. They saw and photographed Scarface in large part due to the eagle eyes and interest of long time followers of this Grizzly. They embraced our grandchildren, and we enbraced Scarface. It was an experience they will never forget.

Park History: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

May 6th - 12:32pm | camila blanco

This website gives such good infomation  

Climate Change Poses A Threat To Deep Blue Water At Crater Lake National Park

May 6th - 12:25pm | ecbuck

Good catch Lee.  I accidentally omitted the "not" but the evidence and the failed predictions haven't.  No wonder you focused on my ommision rather than refuting the facts.  

May 6th - 09:21am | Lee Dalton

Ah, Esteemed Comrade, you say that climate change appears to be one of the consequences of human activities and then argue against it. "but "climate change" does appear to be one of them."

May 6th - 02:20am | ecbuck

my answer would be that the idea more and more humans can use more and more resources without environmental consequences defies common sense

May 5th - 16:59pm | tahoma

If you were addressing me, ec, my answer would be that the idea more and more humans can use more and more resources without environmental consequences defies common sense and is the real 'pure hooey'.  As they're fond of saying in AA, 'Denial ain't just a river in Eygpt'.

May 5th - 11:35am | ecbuck

When will you recognize that all these "potential over the decades" apocolypse stories are pure hooey. http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/05/04/476717308/after-10-years-an-...

May 5th - 10:15am | tahoma

It seems to me winter snow avalanches into the ice-free lake could have substantial mixing effects, as could occasional landslides and large rockfalls.  All of these type events probably have complex feedback loops involving climate change.

Group Thinks NPS Uniforms, Vehicles, Play A Role In Lack Of Diversity In National Parks

May 5th - 22:01pm | rmackie

I just completed an annual fire refresher training course in a major iconic park. Park personnel from all disciplines were in attendance. Every time I am involved in these sessions, it just renews my faith in the competence, fitness, demeanor of the vast majority of NPS personnel and the job they do.

May 5th - 19:39pm | Van A.

You must be kidding---I certainly hope those groups have more important things to deal with.  The rangers and personnel are clearly identified and unless one has a guilty conscious, can be approached for help or assistance at any time.  A variety of uniforms will not provide consistent identification of the "Good Guys".

May 5th - 15:11pm | ecbuck

Nice try Rich, the bureaucrats I am refering to are not the every day civil service employess, ie NPS Ranger, policeman, fireman, etc but the bureaucrats sitting behind their desks making up onerous and baseless rules and regs to push their agendas.  

May 5th - 14:03pm | Rick Smith

"and have far too great an impact (mostly negative) on our daily lives."  Thanks, ec, for your continuing support of civil service employees. 

May 5th - 11:42am | ecbuck

And as for blaming problems on "bureaucrats," wouldn't it more accurate to place the blame where it probably really belongs, on politicians who tell the bureaucrats what they must do?

May 4th - 23:25pm | Alfred Runte

So, Rick. Exactly what forum do you have in mind? Yours? Meanwhile, a little more light reading for you in case you missed it on the thread for Soda Mountain. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/05/04/new-administration-rule-would...

May 4th - 18:42pm | Ray Bane

"And as for blaming problems on "bureaucrats," wouldn't it more accurate to place the blame where it probably really belongs, on politicians who tell the bureaucrats what they must do?" Lee.  

Creature Feature: The Banana Slug is Living Proof that a Slimy Little Gastropod Mollusk Can be Loaded with Charisma

May 5th - 19:29pm | Meaghan

I remember during 6th grade camp in the Santa Cruz mountains, a camp counselor dared us to kiss one. My crush did, so naturally ever since then, I have loved the banana slug!

The Story Of A Tusk – 28KG / VOI RIVER / 30/5/14

May 5th - 16:39pm | Barbara Moritsch

Thank you for posting this great piece.  Everyone needs to understand the severity of the poaching issue, and what we all stand to lose if it is not curbed.

The National Parks: An American Legacy

May 5th - 13:37pm | QT Luong

Here is an alternative review that Ian Shive has called "sold, fair and brilliant": http://www.terragalleria.com/blog/two-recent-national-parks-photography-...

U.S. Postage Stamps Showcase Beauty, Diversity Of National Park Landscapes

May 4th - 20:31pm | Jim Burks

What a great tribute to the best of our best.  As a nation we are fortunate to have such wonderful treasures...and we should treasure them.  Happy 100th Birthday NPS.

National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide