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  • Katmai Bear Hunt: Outfitter Says It's No Walk in the Woods   6 years 27 weeks ago

    I have been going to the Katmai for 8 years. I did not see ANY males over the age of 4 this year. IS THAT MANAGEMENT? I am not debating hunting, I am questioning the your insistance that there is number management in that location and a fair hunt. I have camped on the Katmai and these bears are basically tame. Why not shoot animals in a zoo? The odds of a kill are about the same.

  • Fall's Brightest Colors Descending on National Parks   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Great post on Fall colors in the National Parks, Kurt.

    Here's a bit more information on Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park.

    The color's in the upper elevations of the park are just starting to explode.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    To Hunt: "To chase or search for; to search a place thoroughly; to scour an area thoroughly" (Webster's Dictionary) in pursuit of wildlife. The video does not come close to matching the intention of the definition of "hunt". What is disturbing is that the guides and the hunters have abandoned their original purpose, to go hunting.

    Wildlife, especially those species often revered in society, are reduced to a population numbers game to justify an open hunt for those willing to pay for a thrill, like buying sex. That makes Park Management the procurer. When they leave, the dignity of the area will be restored but not without the lasting effects of exploitation.

  • Yellowstone Snowmobiles: Has Apathy Arrived?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    "Yellowstone Snowmobiles: Has Apathy Arrived?"
    Arrived?
    With Yellowstone's continuous build up to 6 Hotels, 8 restaurants, 7 gas stations, a multitude of gift shops, 17 ATM's and many many miles of paved trails and roads I would say my apathetic view of the National Park Service has been around for quite a while.
    My return trip to Grand Canyon National Park a few years ago was so disheartening that I fear a return to Yellowstone after a 30 year absence.
    I will still write the appropriate letter now and then, I suppose.

  • Yellowstone Snowmobiles: Has Apathy Arrived?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Yellowstone Snowmobiles: Has Apathy Arrived?

    Judging by the responses to this article, I'd answer yes it has.

    Why is the Park Service allowed to overlook hundreds of thousands of public comment letters that endorsed a ban on snowmobiles in the Park...?

    Very good question, Kurt. I'm interested in your answer, but I'll assume I'll never hear it.

    My take is that the NPS is an oligarchy heavily influenced, if not controlled, by interest groups.

    Unjust laws exist: shall we be content to obey them, or shall we endeavor to amend them, and obey them until we have succeeded, or shall we transgress them at once? Men, generally, under such a government as this, think that they ought to wait until they have persuaded the majority to alter them. They think that, if they should resist, the remedy would be worse than the evil. But it is the fault of the government itself that the remedy is worse than the evil.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    I just wanted the video to be over. While, i'm not a big fan of hunting animals at all, I most surely do not support this disgusting practice and I don't imagine most 'real' hunters do not. Please do whatever you can do make it stop. To answer the question, of course it is unethical. thank you.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    i would like to strip these proud hunter warriors down but give them a running start and use the same fireams or high powered arrows from the same distance they shot and see how well they fare. Biggest fcking loser humans but my real joy would be the high five i give a tree after shooting them. Nevermind this is legal. Go home proud aceholes, you bastards are just another example of pathetic American mismanagement to be piled on a heap of wrongheaded human disgrace taking place during the years of the bushit (cheney) administration in a state controlled by crooks.

    This is not sport hunting. This must be shut down ASAP. This is an Alaskan death camp and National Park Service officials in charge should be prosecuted if this activity is to occur in Katmai.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    I can tell that you are anti anything connected with hunting, fishing, firearms, etc. A dyed-in-the-wool liberal. Your comment that 'the bears were here in our space before we came' kinda says it all. If it were up to you we would all go back to whereever we came from. My question to you would be, 'how far back do we go?'
    Unfortunately this is a sign of modern progress. We can't go back. We must make do with what we have and where we are.
    If the bear herd is not thinned out, then the numbers go up. The numbers go up, the more they eat. There won't be enough salmon to sustain unlimited growth. The result? They start eating humans. Then what? A bear that 'has learned to trust humans' will eat that human if hungry enough.
    You need to deal with the real world. . .

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Despicable? What do you think will happen if no bears are taken? As a biologist, I would think you would know the answer. The population increases. Then what? I'd bet that there would be human fatalities at some point because the salmon won't be enough for the increase in the number of bears.
    Of course, maybe the humans should just leave.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    These men -- and the disgusting thing acting as their guide -- are simply acting out what they cannot in certain rooms of their homes. They likely had to get juiced up on viagra just to have the energy to get their pants on over their fat asses. We can also expect that they abuse their wives, yell at their kids, and are otherwise complete scum of the earth. Hunting is fine, shooting your dog isn't. People go to jail for animal cruelty, so should these slobs.

    If the NPS doesn't want to protect these bears than perhaps Alaskans (or others) should spend more loud raucus time there at this time of year. Oh, and bring some fireworks.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    I'm glad to see some of the posts reference the Alaska Outdoor Council and the the Alaska Board of Game. The Alaska Board of Game (all hunters and trappers) is responsible for all of the hunting and trapping regulations in the state. They are appointed by the Governor. I would doubt that most of the Park Service people agree with hunts like this one. If you think this bear hunting is bad, it only gets worse in Alaska. Aerial wolf hunting is about to start up in huge areas of land and the Board of Game also plans on approving aerial hunting of bears. It's all about money and trophies to hang on the wall. Governor Sarah Palin is an advocate of the Alaska Outdoor Council (I believe she's also a member) and the Board of Game. Feel free to send all letters of protest to the Governor: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/ and the Board of Game: http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/gameinfo/index.php

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    You are correct in naming the Alaska Outdoor Council. In addition, the Alaska Board of Game (hunters) is responsible for all of the hunting and trapping regulations. I would doubt that most of the Park Service people agree with hunts like this one. If you think this bear hunting is bad, it only gets worse in Alaska. Aerial wolf hunting is about to start up in huge areas of land and the Board of Game also plans on approving aerial hunting of bears. It's all about money and trophies to hang on the wall. Oh. Governor Sarah Palin is also an advocate of the Alaska Outdoor Council (I believe she's a member) and the Board of Game. Feel free to send all letters of protest to the Governor: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/ and the Board of Game: http://www.boards.adfg.state.ak.us/gameinfo/index.php

  • The Consequences of the Legal Bear Hunt in Katmai   6 years 27 weeks ago

    In this ever-evolving world of political correctness, it was deemed the term "killing" gave the NRA-supported hunting lobby a bad image, so it was they who placed the moniker of "harvesting" animals, acceptable due to the portion of hunting that was engaged in during the fall season. Talk about glossing over the truth.........

    I've seen mention of concentrating more on particular species that breed rapidly, so that proper numbers could be maintained for hunters and for the animal to provide it's normal function in the wild. I'll bet anything these same people are going to find it rather difficult at best and unappealing at worst to "harvest" gerbils.......

  • Katmai Bear Hunt: Outfitter Says It's No Walk in the Woods   6 years 27 weeks ago

    And to set the record straight-

    Casting dispersions on high education aside, the opening statement of my initial comment was, and I quote:
    Same species doesn't qualify as same bears. I then went on to use evidence from the author's own notation to disprove his poor hypothesis. If one is to assume that a small sample size is indicative of a group as a whole, I can a strong case for our own species being worth less than a pile of bear dropping by sampling ANY daily periodical or video newscast. So branding all Brown's as killers is simply bad science. I personally don't follow the protocol required to produce bad science. It's not good for my industry. Practioners of such lame data analysis and experimental design are what made Timothy Leary appear as some sort of sage.

    And for the record, I'll do the bio-speak with anyone, anytime. But beware, I prefer not to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person. My cursory explantion on the effects directly resulting from mass death within a member of any food web is just that, cursory. But the insinuation that roting meat is beneficial to the system as a whole lends toward ignorance. Superficially the arguement appears to bear some merit. However, for the reasons I laid out above and enough more to make a 2 1/2 hour lecture, it's a really, really bad idea to provide an instantaneous glut of "nourishment", with nothing but negative impacts for the long-term health of any given system. And the notion that if we didn't kill the bears Mother Nature would is again, superficially intelligent at best. The mechanism by which natural special (that spe-cial, pertaining to a species, NOT special, like your mistress or favorite dog) corrections occur in the wild is completely dependent on the factors I outlined, and again by additional factors to encompass a good week's worth of lectures. Please tell me you're not serious in the old, "if not us, then somebody" theory of ecology. The history of resultant failures directly related to mankind's interventions with the environment is enough to fill multiple volumes of encyclopedia. For those of the younger set who don't know what that is, let's say it's worth 1-2 CD/DVD's worth of information. We still, after all these years as "stewards", don't really have much of a clue as to the overall complexity of the interactions between organisms in the world around us, yet we STILL insist on meddling about with things beyond our grasp. Somewhat of an arrogant, ignorant attitude, no?

  • Yellowstone Snowmobiles: Has Apathy Arrived?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    For the record, I'm against having anything greater than 0 snowmobiles in the parks.

    However: Kurt, I don't understand your reasoning that bringing the max allowed from 720 to 540 is really an increase, since only an average of 250/day go in now. If the max now is 720 but there's only an average of 250, do you think lowering the max to 540 will increase the average? I would think it would do nothing to how many actually go into the park. To me, it's just your normal government two-step, where it looks like they're doing something, but in reality they're doing nothing at all.

  • The Consequences of the Legal Bear Hunt in Katmai   6 years 27 weeks ago

    I believe that the statements are not anti-hunting, but are against unethical hunting. I would guess that ethical hunters enjoy hunting because it provides meat for sustenance and a challenge for the mind and body. What joy or purpose is there in a hunt when the "prey" animals will walk within a few dozen feet of the hunter, totally uncaring of the hunter's presence, and when the hunter leaves the meat behind?

  • NPS' Washington Headquarters Supports Snowmobiles in Yellowstone   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Let's not shift the focus here........it's NOT the George and Dick Show that created this mess. It's been EVERY administration in modern times. The Washington flag wavers have, without exception, continued to disregard their constituents when it comes to the issue of public lands.

    The last time folks in this country stood up to an unjust government, the slogan was "no taxation without representaion". Since that time, government has insulated itself from the masses and what was once a system to govern the masses has now become a system to rule them. The shameless and total contempt that our elected officials have demonstrated for the constituency in our land is infuriating. I honestly can't see anyone being duped by political rhetoric after the being first-hand witnesses to the actions and policies of those who have spoken so plainly by their deeds. Whatever happened to the 60's mantra, "Question authority" and all the demonstrations against politcal tyranny? Oh yeah, the leaders of those groups are now sitting in various political offices, aren't they? I guess tyranny abroad is the only one worthy of fighting against.

    But hey, after all, it's only the general public, and a bunch of goofy environmental scientists who were hired by the government to conduct an environmental impact study that are upset. It's not like it's anybody who's actually IMPORTANT. And this decision was, after all, only made by a group of appointed people who were placed in charge of the best usage of our environment and the future of our national treasures by the very people we elected to public office, largely based on a series of lies bandied about during the course of a political campaign, all of which have been conveniently forgotten by those who uttered the words. So it's not as though there is any chance that someone is actually culpable. The core values of the current political system, "successful insulation from the issues without accepting any responsibility or blame so that it can't be proven that I lied, and therefore I remain the best person to guide you, the ignorant masses, throught these most difficult times" remain intact!!!

    Having said that, only a true, purest in form idiot would allow for such blatant disregard of the data and the public's opinions. But I'll wager the farm that he is a richer idiot by doing so. Can I borrow some paintballs which are sure to come back empty? And I'm ruling out a ground offensive...........don't want to become too predictable or one dimensional. Look what happened to the Packers Sunday night. If those Bears can win one, I would hope the Katmai Bears could follow suit. Maybe they need a new coach?

  • Katmai Bear Hunt: Outfitter Says It's No Walk in the Woods   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Alright boys, break it up. OF COURSE original writer wasn't talking about the IDENTICAL specimens that ate the fool and his guest. And as for the origin of my comments being somewhere between at less than the 3rd grade level, I guess that still qualifies as higher education by rifle-totin' redneck standards, so I'll bring it down a few notches so that all might understand.

    The animals on the top of the food network judge how much food is around. In good years, momma bears make more baby bears. When the food is harder to find, momma bears don't make as many baby bears. All the little animals in the forest want to stay there, so they make enough babies to be sure that there will always be enough of them to survive when food is hard to find, and when to many are getting killed by other animals. But man is not recognized as a part of this system, so the animals don't know how to act. Sometimes, even when their numbers are low, man comes by and kills too many of them, and then they have a hard time making enough babies. This is because many kills every animal, the momma bears, the momma bears with child, the daddy bears and even the little baby bears, because somebody gave him a piece of paper that says he can do just that. But the man only takes the fur and the head, leaving the part of the animal that most others kill for laying in the dirt. This is good for other animals, because now there is "free food". So many creatures, like birds, small mammals and rodents come by and enjoy a free buffet. When they are done, special little bacteria from a family called decomposers will turn whatever the animals left into food for plants. This is good for the ground because now more plants can grow. It was also good for the birds and other animals who ate the bear, because now they can have more babies. And with all the extra bear meat laying around there will be LOTS of new babies next year for other animals. But the decomposers take years to make plant food. So that now many of next year's babies won't have the food the need, and they will starve. Let face it, how many years are there so many extra bears left to rot in the fields? This extra food is good now, but it will make for more problems in both the near and long-term. By the time the plant food is ready, there won't be enough extra plant-eating animals to eat the extra plants, so reforestation begins to happen. Oh GOD I hate writing to a 3rd grade audience! The system of checks and balances will have already over-corrected itself due to nature causes of too much glut in the system initially and returned the numbers of upper preditors to near normal levels. All of those, of course, EXCEPT the critters that function as the normal prey of the bears, whose numbers will swell such that their density per square mile will approach the maximum that the ecosystem can support, and then more hunting permits will be issued to "correct" the imbalance. So what the park service is doing is creating their own after-market sales. Along with proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is NO long-term plan in place to manage the complex issues pertaining to an ecosystem. The Alaskan Refuge was the last opportunity on this continent, and one of a precious few remaining on the planet, where you could observe the natural processes involved in a system sustained solely by complex interactions between animal and environment, without the "management" or interfering, meddling, underinformed methods of man. This was a learning tool to be taken advantage of, not a system in disarray that required correction, natural or otherwise. But in the real "world according to man", the context of the word environment is limited to only those items with monetary value, and the more they're worth, the more they're hunted and the faster they're eliminated from the environment. Buffalo, hunted solely for hide and tongue; rhinocerous, hunted solely for horns; elephant, hunted solely for tusks; various species of whales, hunted mostly for oil; various fish species which at one time were plentiful now cannot be found in numbers; various birds, hunter to near or total extinction for their feathers; there are too many others to list. To date, this is our legacy in environmental mismanagement. Please don't start writing back listing the few successes in respeciation. Yours will be a VERY short list, and the point is that they have all been returned to the bastardized environments of man, so that the very nature of the animal has been forever altered, as the eons of learned behaviors have been forced out of the nature of the beast.

    Anybody for a more in-depth biology lesson? I think I'll starting to speak over the heads of the 3rd graders out there. Sorry. So as not to lose anyone, I was trying to focus on the Jethro Bodine level, 'cause even he gadiated fr'm 6th gray, according to story 'bout a man named Jed..........

  • NPS' Washington Headquarters Supports Snowmobiles in Yellowstone   6 years 27 weeks ago

    This type of callus in your face attitude, "it's my way or the highway" is a typical response that the Bush administration shoves down are throats. It's this kind of response that's been handed down to every govermental agency from the White House and down to the NPS: damn public opinion, and the general consensuses, and the fervor outcry. This total disregard for the holistic health of Yellowstone National Park during it's winter time use is another callus example-- it's all about money. Nothing more! Yes, Mr. Secretary Kempthorne, pacify the American public with your false rhetoric and bombast half lies. Your like the rest of them in the Bush & Cheney administration, talking through both sides of your mouth and with no accountability.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Well the comments about his bear being the wrong bear surprises me, but in the same instance it does not, this is the same person saying good job hunters. Most REAL HUNTERS, would not consider this hunting..... I will try to educate you on some bear facts!!!

    I have spent over 30 years nestled in the middle of grizzly bears and bear habitat(perhaps not as dense as in Alaska, bears that are not habituated to humans will not tolerate us that much. Normally they will take off, and are typically scared and fearful of humans because normally our encounters are negative for the bears (great indication in this video). These bears are human habituated, they are also preoccupied with consuming heaps of food, and because there is ample food they are more likely to 'deal' with a greater presence be it humans or other bears.
    Due to the human habituation we have taught these bears that humans will not harm them, they do not need to be wary, we have ultimately lead them to their own demise.

    You call this your right to kill, I can disagree and I can choose to not support this....I do not think this is ethical.

  • Sunrise at Bryce Canyon   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Thanks.
    If you are interested in seeing more photos I would invite you to look at: www.picasaweb.google.com/canonshooter63 Some good and some not so great photos.
    I'm still learning. Still think every photo I take should be perfect.
    Marion

  • Sunrise at Bryce Canyon   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Thanks for the comment.
    I have lived here all my life and really am just now growing to appriciate the beauty of my surroundings now that I have invested much money and time into photography.

  • Sunrise at Bryce Canyon   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Beautiful work Mr. Littlefield, I have visted there several times..ever changing..step back in time, when life was so simple or was it? Even then it was about making the best of what you have. Look forward to more photographs.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Katmai National Preserve BEAR KILL

    The footage from the cameraman was very good. As a matter of fact he was showing Bears that had nothing to do with the hunt, great footage though.
    The article claims the filmed Bear was the one Killed, in fact if you look at the footage again you will see he’s not even on the same bear or even on the same side of the water as the hunters.
    He’s more than likely an Interfering animal rights buffoon trying to stop the HUNTERS RIGHT TO KILL THAT BEAR.
    To think the animal rights groups really believe bears are suppose to show aggression and attack the hunter before WE KILL THEM, are clearly out of there minds.
    I sure hope the Skull and Hide turn out as well as the bear hunt. Fantastic hunt and GOOD JOB HUNTERS

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Let's hope that when "hunting" like this takes place, there will be some rogue bears who are into the "other white meat," MAN, and they fight back. This is the most horrendous thing that I have witnessed in wildlife. It surely make me wonder if these men respect themselves, their families, and their humanity. They are NOT men of integrity and morality!!!