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

    I have been a hunter for 13 years. What these people did is not hunting and is completely unethical. However, I also think there is another problem besides the hunting; these bears are habituated to humans. This should not be and the park needs to stop accommodating to tourists. It's a national park, not a zoo.

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

    This is not hunting -- this is a bunch of fat men who would pee their pants and cry to their mama's if one of these bears even got close to them. This makes me sick. There is no excuse for this.

    If this is about "thinning" the population, well, there are too many fat and stupid men hunting bears in Alaska...and there's no doubt they need to be thinned out.

  • Opposition Mounting to Higher Entrance Fee At Olympic National Park   6 years 27 weeks ago

    Honnestly, i find it wrong to raise fees... I'm a foreigner, and i don't understand why we should pay more than residents. I mean, the fact i'm coming to the USA doesn't mean i'm rich, it just means that i made the decision to save money to do it.
    Then, i would say that, unfortunately, raise fees or taxes are common sense for administrations, in the states or here in my country, rather than spending the public money in a good way. Do you really think it still make sense (i'm not talking about fallen soldiers, they are heroes) to spend all money to war? With a small % of that money, a lot of stuff would be better in the US.
    And, i want to add this, i'm really happy about your NP. Here, we don't have that (well, yeah, Belgium is a small country) but i think NP rock! You have fantastic landscapes, parks, ... and it's great to have it organised: rangers, campgrounds and so on. As long as it is open to everyone the same way, then it's cool. I fear of yu start raising fees, not everyone will still be able to visit...

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

    Where’s the outrage from ethical hunters and their representative organizations? How can these organizations wonder why the new USFWS survey on hunting, fishing, and wildlife recreation shows a continuing decline in hunting? Legitimate hunters and their organizations should be outraged at least at the message that even supporting this particular management practice sends to people who don’t hunt, but still support hunting for the conservation benefits that generally follow wise management practices…but why should they continue to support it if the “easy bear before breakfast” continues? Support and participation obviously do not support any cause that might bring consumptive and non-consumptive users to work together for common benefits in other topics/debates.

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

    Glad to hear that Alaska is putting the brown bear on its quarter. Too bad too many people will see it as the view through their spotting scopes. Guarantee you'll see images with the Alaska quarter and crosshairs superimposed on it within the year.

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

    I hope Congress and the State of Alaska take quick steps to stop this terrible practice.

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

    First thing I'm trying to do is ensure every news agency in the country picks up on it. The listing on Google News had three articles on my search yesterday and today it has nine, including papers in UT and TX that have picked it up. It needs some national exposure -- write to CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. first -- get more American citizens involved. After you've exhausted the list of usual people to write to (Congress, NPS, Interior, Jenna Bush's daddy) then get creative.

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

    You are VERY good at expressing yourself and yes, it is inhumane. How macho is it to prick a bear with an arrow and then stand back and let your paid assassin do the actual killing? When people come up here with more money than skill or ethics, the real killing is done by the guides and the hunting industry should acknowledge that.

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

    Oddly enough, Merryland, Alaskans just selected a fishing brown bear as the symbol to put on our quarter. It's a live brown bear with a salmon in its jaws, not a dead bear on the wall.

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

    Who should we write to? Who can change this?

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

    Here is a link that people may want to read to brush up on the history of bear management at Katmai. If you're going to be an advocate for something, you gotta know your history too.
    [http://www.nps.gov/archive/katm/adhi/adhi9.htm]

    And a link to Jim Stratton's letter this summer to Marcia Blaszak, Alaska Region Director for NPS.
    [http://www.npca.org/media_center/pdf/npcas_ltr_katmai_bears_7_16_07.pdf]

    One thing that really struck me from reading this -- this was federally protected land long before Alaska became a state. Since statehood in 1959, Alaska seems to have bullied the feds into letting the state game board dictate what's going on. Knowing the scruples of Alaska politicians these days, wouldn't be surprised if there's a lot of campaign donation influence and flat-out bribery going on up there. You can only imagine how corrupt something like a "state game board" must be -- with all the rich boy hunters running around up in Alaska... Hey Uncle Ted, got anything to say on the matter? What, no comment?

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

    Very true Beamis, rogues was a bit of an overstatement on my part. Technically speaking, we can't ascertain whether or not these opportunistic critters had "gone bad", which is more definitive of a true rogue, or were simply following the path of least resistance to satisfy a growling tummy. In either case, placing yourself knowingly in the path of hungry omnivores during times of scarce pickings still qualifies as textbook ignorance. So much so that they managed to qualify as the first human fatalities in park history. I rest my case.........

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

    Lone Hiker---the bears that chomped on Treadway were probably not rogues but simply some very curious Ursidae who saw an opportunity to try some fresh Homo sapiens sushi. When you hang out long enough in the living room of massive and wild omnivores, well, anything is bound to happen. Bon appetite!

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

    Sir: Even after posting a comment last night in protest as to what the park service is allowing to happen to the bears, I could not sleep. Being a hunter, sportmen, I felt ashamed when I saw what is happening in Alaska to the bears. My God where is the park service? have they stopped this? what are they doing to protect these bears?. The persons responsible for the care and protection of these bears must be aware of this so called hunting of bears and need to be held accountable for their lack of action.
    This is one time I would have to line up on the side of the tree huggers and say this is just plain wrong.

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

    JUST LEAVE THE BEARS ALONE!!!!!!!!!!

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

    What kind of humans are these? Given the talent and sportsmanship required for this killing, why don't these guys just go hunt at the zoo? This is ridiculous.

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

    Some of you just amaze me. First off, If people don't manage their population then mother nature will. These bears are the top predator, so what is going to keep their numbers in check? The NPS has to do something to control the population and keep the numbers at a healthy level. Either tax dollars will be spent on it, or hunters will come in and pay to do it. You can't argue the fact that if the numbers get too high for the are to support then the animals suffer a much harder death.
    The fact that they don't seem to fear people does not mean they are tame. It means they are potentially more dangerous. Ask the people whose towns are raided by polar bears every year.

    About the Treadwell idiot, how are these camera people any different? talking about how it fed in front of their camp. Would they shoot the bear if it came after them or just keep saying "nice bear" while it opened them up?

    While I don't like leaving any meat in the field, don't be fooled. It did not "rot in the open stream" as you say. Since Lone hiker wants to discuss biology, maybe he will be so kind as to honestly tell us how many animals/organisms are likely to recieve nourishment from that animal?

    Sorry, the argument that the meat is left to waste doesn't work in nature, Nothing goes to waste

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

    The management of wildlife is mostly paid for by funds that come from hunting and fishing. Just what percent of a bear viewers money spent in Alaska go to the management of these bears? NONE

    Without the funds from hunters and fishermen these animals would not be there to view. Maybe you should look at why are these bears so humanized, move the viewing stands away from the river.

    Go to any river bears are fishing on and you can walk up on them the same way. It's not that they are used to people, they are there to eat.

  • Is the Bear "Hunt" in Katmai National Preserve Sporting or Ethical?   6 years 28 weeks ago

    I am not very good at expressing myself but I have to say that the Bear Hunting in this manner is very inhumane. It just shows how insecure some men are that they have to prove to everyone how macho they are with the hide and head of a unsuspecting and trusting animal.
    Hunting for food is a necessary evil in some parts of our world, but this is just plain barberic

  • Katmai Bear Hunt: Outfitter Says It's No Walk in the Woods   6 years 28 weeks ago

    A large, male grizzly (tagged Bear 141) protecting the campsite was killed by park rangers while they attempted to retrieve the bodies. A second adolescent bear was killed a short time later after it charged the park rangers. A necropsy showed that the first animal had consumed parts of the couple's remains. It is unclear if this bear killed the couple or if he ate the remains after their deaths. In the 85-year history of Katmai National Park, this was the first incident of a person being killed by a bear.[1]

    So much for the same bear theory, eh?

    This citation was lifted directly from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Treadwell

    Anon, I believe these data and others noted with the Wiki story suggest my synopsis be slightly more accurate than they support your hypothesis. But thanks for the added details..........

  • Katmai Bear Hunt: Outfitter Says It's No Walk in the Woods   6 years 28 weeks ago

    Same species doesn't qualify as same bears. Rogues exist across all flora and fauna. Indeed, even particular plant species qualify, though I hardly desire to present a 300-level biology lecture in this short space. Suffice to say in layman's terms they're generally referred to as mutants, at least in the microbial and plant taxa. Rogues are something science typically connotes with avain, reptilian and mammalian groups. Catch me another time, eariler in the day, for the same lecture I'd present to science majors in a formal setting.

    Speaking of Mr. Treadwell and guest, not that I had anything directly to do with it, but I believe you'll discover them to be among the annual recipients of a Darwin Award, an honor (such as it were) bestowed upon certain lower forms of life on the evolutionary scale who have exhibited the intellect and common sense of a used grapefruit, and by doing so directly impacted their own demise via an unusually bizarre manner, which was typically completely avoidable, and never without what would be considered even a close to average demonstration of IQ. Whether in a moment of poor judgement, substance induced or not, a momentary lack of reason or more commonly by just plain over-the-top stupidity, these models of humanity made a conscious choice to remove themselves from the gene pool. And the rest of us are grateful for the opportunity to have these specific examples to point out to our own children and say, "Don't let this happen to you".

    My sincere and most heart-felt sympathy to their respective families for having to endure their loss through such a gruesome manner. I'm sure they were both fine people in their own right. But this was something that was completely avoidable by observing even minimal precautions, and as such they should never have placed themselves in the position whereby this incident was allowed to occur.

  • Katmai Bear Hunt: Outfitter Says It's No Walk in the Woods   6 years 28 weeks ago

    How do you know that these were the same bears? Were they officially tagged as such?

    And what does Timothy Treadwell have to do with this anyway? He got what was coming to him. His demise was a Darwinian masterpiece.

    As a ranger I had to constantly remind park visitors that all animals in national parks are wild and untamed, even the cute little chipmunks & squirrels begging for handouts on the overlook railing. Should they also qualify as legitimate targets of oblivion through a rifle sight? After all they bite far more people than bears do and can carry fatal diseases like rabies and the plague. Come on dude, be for real! Talk about your lazy logic!

    Your point is meaningless and without connection to this incident.

  • Katmai Bear Hunt: Outfitter Says It's No Walk in the Woods   6 years 28 weeks ago

    The link he provided says the bears munching on Treadwell were killed right away. Didn't read his own link.

  • Katmai NP : Another Gem in Alaska's Crown   6 years 28 weeks ago

    You might not see a single bear, because you are not allowed to walk on the bear viewing platform.

    It's important to know Katmai has a "stay 50 yards away from the bear rule". As a consequence it can be impossible to reach the bear watching platform for hours or even the entire day. Park rangers get to decide when you are allowed to cross the bridge. I don't want to debate the scientific basis of the 50 yards rule, which nobody including a bear biologist could explain, however I was appalled by the way rangers seemed to enjoy the power this rule gives. I would assume the rule was originally created to protect visitors and bears, however by now it is often misused by rangers to hold tourists back from seeing bears. We "lost" on several occasions openings to cross the bridge because rangers wasted time by e.g. explaining "how to cross the bridge as a group" instead of using the time while the bridge was closed. Just spend enough time explaining how to walk over a bridge and you can be certain a bear will come close enough to shut down the bridge. Another favorite ranger game was: "I get to decide who is first." - and who will not see any bears. The Katmai N.P. rangers do not seem to care about visitors, they seem to care about getting a feeling of importance from bossing around "rich tourists" they dislike with a passion. Justification: Safety. To my knowledge there are no reported grizzly attacks on groups of four or more people. Point this out and they will agree. Now you will hear things like, "we don't want to get the bears used to people", "we don't want a petting zoo" and plenty of other things "they want". I have never been to a park where the relationship between rangers and visitors is so poisoned and where the rangers enjoyed so little respect. Rangers in other parks are helpful great people.

    A possible solution could be an elevated platform starting at the lodge, crossing the river and connecting to the platform on the other side. Advantages:
    1.) Everybody could get to the other side of the river and see bears
    2.) The bears would no longer be bothered by the floating bridge
    3.) The ugly trail along the river could be re-naturalized
    4.) The relationship between rangers and visitors would certainly improve
    5.) Katmai would be an even safer place, than it is now

  • Katmai Bear Hunt: Outfitter Says It's No Walk in the Woods   6 years 28 weeks ago

    Lone Hike, these are the same bears that ate Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Treadwell Sounds like they are pretty wild to me.