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  • Summertime: What National Parks Are On Your "Must Visit" List?   6 years 7 weeks ago

    I noticed that the Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreation Area was conspicuosly absent from the "Beachcombing" section of your article.

    Good thing, because a vast majority of it is closed to even pedestrian access, due the the Audobon Society, the Defenders of Widlife, and the Southern Environmental Law Center suing the NPS over ORV access. This is not a good year for beachcombing in that part of the country.

    Hopefully, a bill now in Congress will change all that before the Congressional Session ends in late September, and this wonderful area can be added to your list next summer.

    You did the right thing, Kurt, by leaving it off the list. Vistitors would be very disappointed with the access available in 2008.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 7 weeks ago

    Yeah Scotty, tell me what's the NRA's masterplan for this country? It first starts with fear mongering! Besides Scotty, this isn't a subject that I wish to dwell on, give credence or provide propaganda flak for the NRA. It is an NRA issue! Simply because it touches the very heart of the subject that's hell bent on fear mongering. GUNS OUT OF THE PARKS!

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 7 weeks ago

    Anon-
    In response to your comment.....
    Since when does an American who wants to enjoy the parks get labeled the "NRA"? Ignorant remarks aimed to belittle people only show ignorance the lack of any ground to stand on. In reality people who want to defend themselves/family and carry concealed pose no threat to you or any other law abiding citizen. The only ones in danger are agressive predators, whether they are 2 or 4 legged. This is not an NRA issue it's a safety issue.

  • Comment Period Reopens on Whether National Park Visitors Can Arm Themselves   6 years 7 weeks ago

    Lots of misinformed commentary here by the folks who refuse to believe that unarmed parks visitors (in isolated areas or otherwise) are potential victims of those with criminal intent. In other words "it won't happen to me". That is a classic victim's mentality.

    The same histrionics about how dangerous concealed carry will be were brought up back in 1987 when Florida became the first state to streamline concealed carry laws - and those concerns were shown to be groundless in the years that followed. Over 30 states have follow suit in streamlining their CCL (Concealed Carry License) laws.

    For you folks that don't know what's involved - CCL permit holders in most states have to go through criminal background checks, take approved firearms courses (including laws limiting the use of deadly force) and demonstrate minimum proficiency. The license has to be renewed each four years or so and any incident during that time is reported to the issuing authority - and misuse can (and does) result in revocation of the permit. In other words - a CCL holder sitting next to you is perhaps one of the most law-abiding citizens you will ever encounter - and you'll never know they are carrying. You have no need to know and they won't tell you. So all this "anti-carry" fuss is really over nothing.

    If concealed carry is so dangerous - then why aren't National Forests as dangerous as these anti-carry types fear? - National Forests have long followed the guidelines that are now proposed for the National Parks - permitting concealed carry based on the laws of the states where they are located.

    Don't kid ourself - there is a fair amount of crime in National Parks - and if it happens to you - it will take a long time for help to get to you. I hope none of the "anti-carry" folks have to find that out the hard way.

  • Study Claims National Park Service is Failing to Protect Biscayne National Park's Coral Reefs   6 years 7 weeks ago

    You see this beautiful marine sanctuary, a splendor of magnificent beauty slowly dying at are doorsteps. Yet, the Bush & Cheney administration wants to drill off the coast of Florida and California for more oil without a clue how precious our ocean resources are. Such callus disregard for the ultimate protection for Biscayne National Park, is another classic example of blunders and mismanagement by NPS, that is guided and designed by the Bush administration to do just that...FAIL!

  • Another Black Bear Put Down, This One In Yellowstone National Park   6 years 7 weeks ago

    And an interesting twist on this!

    7/14/08
    Park: Tourists not to blame in bear death

    (by Noah Brenner Jackson Hole News and Guide)

    Jim Macdonald
    The Magic of Yellowstone
    Yellowstone Newspaper
    Jim's Eclectic World

  • Another Black Bear Put Down, This One In Yellowstone National Park   6 years 7 weeks ago

    I just got back from a weekend in Yellowstone. One of the sad things we saw was a coyote persistently looking through a picnic area in search of human scraps. Despite our efforts to keep him away by scowling at him, he continued on throughout the picnic area to another group of tourists. The tourists there had a dog. They were encouraging their dog to get into a fight with the coyote. This idiotic show - looking like a twisted version of what we've seen with wolves and coyotes on television - went on for awhile. Eventually, we left sensing too much danger for ourselves - with a 9-month-old baby. They wouldn't listen to us as we yelled warnings.

    First, the coyote seemed to know there was food there. Then, what good does it do to encourage a dog fight? The owners seemed to be enjoying it.

    Very disgusting. Otherwise, a very beautiful time in Yellowstone ... Lone Star Geyser and Mystic Falls with our son ... it was so lovely.

    Jim Macdonald
    The Magic of Yellowstone
    Yellowstone Newspaper
    Jim's Eclectic World

  • Bush Administration Plan to Remove Wolf Protections Draws Criticism   6 years 7 weeks ago

    As for the question of who counts the wolves, one answer would be a wildlife manager working in that area. As for the how do they count them, well, there are several different ways and it's a little to hard to explain. The only reason I know about them is from a wildlife/ forestry conservation course that I took, and from what I studied, the results should be accurate.

  • Groups Sue Park Service Over ORV Use in Big Cypress National Preserve   6 years 7 weeks ago

    I have been riding ORV in the cypress for years and i have felt both sides of idiousy in the park from both sides of the issue. i have on occasion picked up trash while riding, mainly beer cans. on my way out i was stopped with several cans old, dirty, sun faded cans. when i was stopped and told i was going to be given a open container ticket for every can on my bike! had a sienior officer not shown up and said something i would have been ticketed! on another ocassion after meeting up with some hickers packing up and leaving trash behind another officer this time came by and we advised him of the litter we were left with and had to clean up, he said what can you do and then did nothing as the hickers walked away. so i realy feel like if your on ORV you are just a target but if you walk the park you can do anything you want. the issue people isnt ORV it is PEOPLE in general. we should all be responsible enough to enjoy the land and keep it green. by the way , it is said that it takes years or longer for the enviroment to recover from peoples presence but when we were stopped from riding places such as at the squares it took only a few months for it to be completely grown over again, like we were never their.Mother nature is tougher than us. if you wanted to destroy the park it would take heavy equipmant ,,,,, like whats being used to install those designated trails that are redirecting water and destroying the park as well.

    and if you dont want me out their than stop making me title and register my bikes in florida! or give me a place to ride.

  • Study Says Loss of Wolves Damaging Olympic National Park's Forest Ecosystem   6 years 7 weeks ago

    Both of the comments do hold important issues in preserving the ecosystem. There are times that both are needed to bring an deterorating ecosystem back into check. Hunting by it's self isn't the answer, you need the balance of predator/prey to keep things under control after the ecosystem has been restored. The process of restoring the wolf population is only part of the equation, you will need to replant loss vegation along river/creeks bed to stop the erosion, and be able to manage those areas to ensure future growth and stability.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 7 weeks ago

    The NPS will not have the final say on this. The Supreme Court will. The recent Heller decision said that a complete ban on firearms can be a violation of the Second Amendment.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 7 weeks ago

    There are pros/cons to both sides of this issue, but the fact remains that guns will be carried reguardless of the outcome of this issue. (just the honest people are the ones that lose). This is AMERICA, what happened to our rights that our nation was built on? They are being stripped away by those who want to control everything. There is a name for that.......Communism!!!!

  • Study Says Loss of Wolves Damaging Olympic National Park's Forest Ecosystem   6 years 7 weeks ago

    Need a better predator/pray balance...not control hunting! Keep the damn hunters and ranchers out of the equation and let nature do it's job.

  • Study Says Loss of Wolves Damaging Olympic National Park's Forest Ecosystem   6 years 7 weeks ago

    Replace wolves with controlled hunting.

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 7 weeks ago

    The NRA sure knows when to pile on a blog! I guess the gun craze issue will be with us until the NRA gets everything it wants...lock, stock and barrel!

  • Interior Officials Want to Allow Concealed Carry in the National Parks   6 years 7 weeks ago

    I don't understand why I should "need" to carry a concealed handgun into a park. Why do my second amendment rights disappear when I enter a park? Anywhere that I go is a place that people with evil intent may also go, so why is there this illusion that NP's are completely safe? Hikers go missing and are found murdered every year. Sure, the odds are that I will not need a gun, but why restrict me from having one? Also, if parks are so safe, why do rangers carry pistols? If there is any reason for a ranger to have a pistol I'll bet it is a legitimate reason for me to have one too.

  • Another Black Bear Put Down, This One In Yellowstone National Park   6 years 7 weeks ago

    Mother Bear is sick, so Father Bear saw no alternative but to seek food in other places, a forest fire destroyed their food source last year, and fishing is slow as well. Baby Bear is hungry and Mother is getting weaker. They said their goodbye
    with the thought of good fortune (food) tomorrow.. Baby Bear still waits by the rock Pappa Bear taught him only yesterday..........Pappa where are you??????????

  • Another Black Bear Put Down, This One In Yellowstone National Park   6 years 7 weeks ago

    Right on. If we have the money to build roads,home's, and park's in the wilderness, we should be able to protect the life of wilderness. This should be part of a permit to build. Thou shall not kill. Relocate,Relocate, as many times as it take's or keep people out, not the creature's. We can move a lot easier than they can.

  • Should Yellowstone National Park's Elk Herds Be Culled to Fight Brucellosis?   6 years 7 weeks ago

    http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2008/07/12/opinion/guest/40-habitat.tx

    Interesting letter to the editor from a very good group who seems to share my beliefs concerning wildlife and wilderness.

  • Man Bitten at Saguaro National Park by Gila Monster   6 years 7 weeks ago

    I have to agree, the guys a dumb***. Some people may think that you should give the man a break, WELL who is giving the animals a break??? I'm sorry for this homeless man that was off his meds( I'm glad the doctar diagnosed this for us). Perhaps in the future he will not listen to the gila monster when he wants to be his friend.

  • Another Black Bear Put Down, This One In Yellowstone National Park   6 years 7 weeks ago

    We went on vacation last year to yellow stone. It was in fact an awesome place and every one should see it. BUT I totally agree we have been moving in on nature and wild life...they were here first. While we were there, a woman was kicked out of the park because she was trying to get a picture of her baby on the back of a bison!!!!! People just don't get it. There bear learned to assoicate food with humans from........thats right humans. Until "we" humans learn to live and respect the world around us animals, plant life, air, water, ETC doesn't have a chance. And no I'm not a "tree hugger" I just realize the impact we have on our world. It goes beyond our back yard.
    Mary

  • Another Black Bear Put Down, This One In Yellowstone National Park   6 years 7 weeks ago

    I agree, Fred. There are millions of acres in the surrounding areas of Yellowstone where humans would not pose a threat to this bear!

  • Another Black Bear Put Down, This One In Yellowstone National Park   6 years 7 weeks ago

    I agree, Fred. There are millions of acres in the surrounding areas of Yellowstone where humans would not pose a threat to this bear!

  • Another Black Bear Put Down, This One In Yellowstone National Park   6 years 7 weeks ago

    I agree, Fred. There are millions of acres where humans would not pose a threat to this bear in the surrounding states.

    Keep on Jammin Fred!

    Pete

  • Man Bitten at Saguaro National Park by Gila Monster   6 years 7 weeks ago

    I typed *MAY* not be mentally fit. There's a difference between MAY and IS.

    The statistics are there about the correlation between being homeless and having a debilitating disease such as schizophenia (which may be why the man got the impression from the gila monster that "it wanted to be friends").

    Homeless with such diagnoses are also less likely to stay on their meds schedule.

    The whole point of my original post was hoping that ya'll would cut the guy some slack. The first couple posts were mean in regards to the man. If the gila monster somehow communicated to the man that "it wanted to be friends", what do you think? If he is having a problem due to an undiagnosed condition, should he be charged with a crime?

    Here's the NPS Morning Report section...July 9
    "Saguaro National Park (AZ)
    Man Bitten Twice By Poisonous Gila Monster

    On June 25th, a 24-year-old homeless man who had wandered into the park found a gila monster and picked it up because – as he later told rangers – "it wanted to be friends." The man then placed the gila on his shoulders, whereupon it promptly bit him on the neck. While trying to shed the animal, it bit him once more on the hand. He then picked it up and wrapped it in a piece of clothing. A park volunteer encountered the man walking on a roadway adjacent to the park and asked if he needed help. The man told the volunteer what had happened, then showed him the gila. Rangers were summoned; when they arrived, they found the man vomiting and complaining of difficulty breathing. He was transported by ambulance to a Tucson area hospital, where he was admitted for treatment of the bites, heat exhaustion and severe dehydration. The gila appeared uninjured, and was returned to the park. This was the park's second gila bite incident this year. Gila monsters are native to the American southwest and northern Mexico and are the only venomous lizard native to the United States. These heavy, slow-moving lizards can grow up to two feet long and can weigh up to three pounds. Because of their slowness, they rarely present a threat to humans. [Submitted by Bob Love, Chief Ranger] "