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  • Studies Show Bear Spray More Effective Than Guns Against Grizzlies   6 years 18 weeks ago

    To Kurt,
    Thank you for the information.
    I believe that there is no need for anyone to carry a weapon in our national parks.
    Your response to 'Anonymous' was civil and level headed.
    I would really rather have 'Anonymous' and Tom (not verified) keep their guns unloaded and out of reach.
    Our current law is fine.

  • Studies Show Bear Spray More Effective Than Guns Against Grizzlies   6 years 18 weeks ago

    tom,

    Many people have used bear spray during charges. Many people have used guns. If a bear is coming at you from 50 feet away at 35 mph what do you think your chances are of getting your gun out, aiming and shooting to kill? (Iif you miss you will definitely be mauled and possibly die, so you HAVE to kill it first shot and hope you can get off another shot WHILE he's mauling you.) You have 6 seconds or less and fear running through your system. Good luck. Now if you miss, which you probably will, the bear will be very angry, mauling probably intensified. If you play dead and the bear SEEMS to leave and you move he may come back to finish off the job. You lay, bleeding, in the wild, near a pissed off bear (but where?) and wait 30 minutes (?) an hour (?) before you crawl out HOPING he doesn't come back.
    Pull out bear spray from your hip holster and shoot slightly down in a sweeping motion and that bear will most PROBABLY be scared from the sound of the spray alone but if not get a good whiff, lung full, eye full and veer off. Instead coming back to maul he will be high tailing it, suffocating and trying to rub the stuff off. Time to SLOWLY back out of there. Actually standing upright.

  • Studies Show Bear Spray More Effective Than Guns Against Grizzlies   6 years 18 weeks ago

    We eventually evolve.
    They are discussing a country at a time where fewer people were present.
    They are discussing this between men with male mentality. I have been held up by gun point. Being a female I know that if I had had this gun you so readily rely on that I would not have had the guts or any way to pull this gun out and get out of the situation alive.
    Stop relying on a document that needs justifiable readjusting.
    This "gun" issue is about allowing arms in National Parks and has been used to references for protection against wildlife. I hike ALONE in the parks every year for weeks on end, I don't need to have to worry about humans also or that I have to carry a gun when I don't want to and normally don't feel the need to. I don't want to see a bear stand up on his hind legs to get a better look and have some tourist freak out and shoot the bear.
    There is no need for guns in parks.
    Carry bear spray, not only does it work much better on bears but it also works very well on humans. No one gets permanently damaged in the meantime. The point is taken.
    People hang on to the consitution as if the world will remain the same. There are millions in our jail system because of gun misuse compared to the two or three when Adams was President. Population wasn't considered when the constitution was scribed. At least in my opinion it wasn't.

  • Man Drowns During Rafting Trip Through Grand Canyon National Park   6 years 18 weeks ago

    Our friends are on a trip that launched March 10th, which I believe is the same date as this gentleman's trip. Can you give us any more information? i.e. the trip leader? That would be enough info to let us know if this is our friend's trip. Our friends have a satellite phone with them, but they have been having a hard time connecting with us for more than 1-2 minutes. We only want to know our friends' fate, if you have any information! Thank you, sincerely, Crhis & Amy Steinke

  • Studies Show Bear Spray More Effective Than Guns Against Grizzlies   6 years 18 weeks ago

    whoever did this study is insane . theres no way i'd go up against a bear attacking with a bear spray. i would very much like to see a real attack be staved off by bearspray. a grizzly thats mad can run faster than a race horse for short distances . also you don't know when a bear might attack. they can be silent as can be . i carried a 12 ga bullpup loaded in my cruiser when on duty as park ranger and used bronze or copper solids. i never had to use it but if i had i would've . now you could turn a curious grizzly or possibly one thats acting up some but an already attacking grizzly i doubt that very much. i left the service because of lamebrained pencil pushers not knowing what the real job entailed. what can i say.

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 19 weeks ago

    Ya'll are simply mistaken. I learned about it the day it happened from a reg-neg member who was out there that day when it was shot, as part of a group meeting with representatives of the park. I don't know if they were on the Point, or simply at "the Point."
    I suggest you check your facts (and dates).

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 19 weeks ago

    For the fishermen who complain that it would be inconvenient to lug some tackle gear to the beach, over the sand:

    You driving right up to the water's edge to fish is as lame as bubba parking on the roadside to shoot deer from his truck.

    It's too bad Apophis is predicted to miss.

  • Studies Show Bear Spray More Effective Than Guns Against Grizzlies   6 years 19 weeks ago

    Not about protection against bears? That's one of the issues the NRA has raised in pushing this topic, and one many previous comments have touched on.

    Beyond that, though, aren't we a "people of laws"? Or should we just be able to pick and choose which laws to obey based on whether we like that law or not?

    An interesting analysis of the 2nd Amendment can be found here.

    Here's a snippet:

    The attitude of Americans toward the military was much different in the 1790's than it is today. Standing armies were mistrusted, as they had been used as tools of oppression by the monarchs of Europe for centuries. In the war for independence, there had been a regular army, but much of the fighting had been done by the state militias, under the command of local officers. Aside from the war, militias were needed because attacks were relatively common, whether by bandits, Indians, and even by troops from other states.

    Today, the state militias have evolved into the National Guard in every state. These soldiers, while part-time, are professionally trained and armed by the government. No longer are regular, non-Guardsmen, expected to take up arms in defense of the state or the nation (though the US Code does still recognize the unorganized militia as an entity, and state laws vary on the subject [10 USC 311]).

    This is in great contrast to the way things were at the time of adoption of the 2nd Amendment. Many state constitutions had a right to bear arms for the purposes of the maintenance of the militia. Many had laws that required men of age to own a gun and supplies, including powder and bullets.

    That said, the issue on these pages is whether the current regulation, which allows you to take your gun into a national park as long as it's unloaded and not easily accessible, is reasonable.

  • Studies Show Bear Spray More Effective Than Guns Against Grizzlies   6 years 19 weeks ago

    This issue isn't about protection from bears. Why do people on this site want to confuse the issue. This is a constitutional issue. Everyone wants to debate on what the founding fathers meant by the second ammendment but no one wants to accept what the thought of the second ammendment and why they wanted it in there. Read this and tell me what there is to debate?

    *First, Thomas Jefferson: No Freeman shall ever be disbarred from the use of arms.
    *Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self-defense, John Adams.
    *The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed with Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, where the Government are afraid to trust their people with arms, James Madison.
    *Arms discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well as property. Horrid mischief would ensue if the law-abiding were deprived the use of private arms, Thomas Payne.
    *Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined, nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants. They serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides from an unarmed man, may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man, Thomas Jefferson.
    *A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves. They include all men capable of bearing arms. To preserve liberty is essential that the whole body of people always possess arms and be taught alike how to use them, Richard Henry Lee.
    *The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms, Samuel Adams.
    *I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them, George Mason.

    Stop trying to teach an agenda contrary to the constitution just because you were taught that guns are bad and you look a news story and feel that this "agency" is your great affection for truth. Ask yourself, Why wasn't I taught these quotes in grade school? Why do we not discuss medical malpractice as the big killer it is? Why do we not outlaw french fries? Why are we ok with alcohol as a legal substance? How can we not see that freedoms are only enjoyed when a government respects it's people? When people are able to live how they want to live? How can government tell you when you can and can't protect your life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness?

    How can you consider yourself a responsible journalist who has no bias, but repeatedly on your site you express your opinion about guns and then when the discussion reaches a point you're no longer comfortable with you'll end the discussion? I would have thought sensorship would be the last thing a journalist would every instigate.

  • Man Drowns During Rafting Trip Through Grand Canyon National Park   6 years 19 weeks ago

    How horribly sad! I went through the grand canyon on a trip of a life time with my entire family 2 years ago and it was truly amazing! I would recommend it still to anybody, despite this freak accident. The trip is not without risks, but then again neither is my morning commute on I-95, and the view on I-95 is nothing comparing to awe inspiring view from inside the canyon.

  • Groups Ask Congressmen To Help Halt Killing of Yellowstone National Park Bison   6 years 19 weeks ago

    Hi,
    Has anyone tested the Bison for this disease? or is this a case of "I suspect you have the plague and therefore without testing (to be sure) I will slaughter you all"? In order for the bison to have this disease a blood test would be required to confirm and there would be a great nubmer of spontaneous abortions of calves to indicate that they might have this disease. In additon, there are antibiotics that can be given. Bison have also been used in a vaccine study.

    Per wikipedia:(more information on this disease)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brucellosis

    Per the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention:
    "How is brucellosis diagnosed?
    Brucellosis is diagnosed in a laboratory by finding Brucella organisms in samples of blood or bone marrow. Also, blood tests can be done to detect antibodies against the bacteria. If this method is used, two blood samples should be collected 2 weeks apart. "

    Let us all pray that these wonderful animals are allowed to be free and roam as they did in the past.

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 19 weeks ago

    anon,

    red showed me your message on this board. i only got one thing to say. bull****. what bigred said covers it right well. exctep for one thing i just pointed out to him. thats isnt one of the fox shots i took that day. the shots i took were flashed pointin north above 44 and the one he showed us on this site is lookin south and their wasnt a grey truck parked below us anywhere in sight.

    ed

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 19 weeks ago

    Anonymous,

    My account comes from two fisherman who were there also.

    Ed Shipley and Mark Bowland.

    Mark said the fox had definitely not been there since daylight and the best he could figure no longer than a few minutes when he saw it. Ed said he couldn't say because he only saw it when Mark pointed it out.

    Mark stated that the two men and one woman from the USDA were working the area between Buxton Woods and the pond behind 44.

    Ed said they had been there since daylight about a half mile south of 44 when this group appeared from behind them through the dunes.

    He said he was going back to shall we say relieve himself and it startled him when from the opposite direction three people suddenly appeared.

    He stated that he stopped and talked to the group and basically asked them what they were doing.

    He and Mark both said that all three had I.D tags and they told him they were working contract for the USDA. He said the rough looking guy said they had been and I Quote " been walking through these damn skeeter hell holes every since 04 tramping back and forth up and down these dam island swamps".

    Mark went on to say the woman said that the only reason they were there now was because fox tracks had been reported and a woman keep calling it in demanding to know when something was going to be done and their boss said and I Quote " get off your a**e* and get down there, I don't want to hear this s**t no more, clean up the whole damn area" so she said they had been stuck here for the last week.

    When I was talking to them last night and e-mailed them your post this morning they both said what hell's he talking about there wasn't no one else out there anywhere near us except for a red Suburban about a hundred yards below us and we weren't never near the point when that ranger shot that fox above us. Mark also said who is this a****** there wasn't any committees out on the point that day, Hell, there wasn't never more than two or three trucks down there all daylong and we where there for before sunup till dark!

    Now I would believe these two gentlemen because they were still sitting there when I drove up after lunch and were still there when I came back by about dark even in the rain. I would especially especially believe them above someone that doesn't even have nerve enough to sign their name to a post.

    Tight Lines
    Big Red

  • Crews Remove Garbage From Marijuana Farms in Sequoia National Park   6 years 19 weeks ago

    Someone wrote:

    Ah, what the liberalism of the 60's has wrought....

    It's interesting where the Park Service is putting the blame. Here's a bit of the transcript of my interview with Alexandra Picavet, the media relations officer for Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks:
    There's always been a small problem in many national parks with people growing marijuana. In two thousand and one Sequoia National Park became aware that the problem was getting much larger. We were finding larger gardens, to the point where we no longer called them gardens. We started to call them farms or plantations. Part of the reason for that we think has to do with the tightening of the borders after the nine eleven incident. It made it more difficult to brings things across any borders, and it became more advantageous for those people to try to grow their marijuana here in the United States.
    I won't argue that demand for the product isn't part of the problem. But it didn't really start hurting the parks until border security was tightened after September 11, 2001.
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    10-minute weekly documentaries to help you appreciate our wild public lands.
    A 501c3 non-profit project of Earth Island Institute.

  • Groups Ask Congressmen To Help Halt Killing of Yellowstone National Park Bison   6 years 19 weeks ago

    Church Universal and Triumphant

    oops, redundant post...

  • Groups Ask Congressmen To Help Halt Killing of Yellowstone National Park Bison   6 years 19 weeks ago

    There's a lengthy article on this group in wikipedia. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Universal_and_Triumphant.

    I remember when I was working in Yellowstone in the 1990s that co-workers were convinced that this would be the next Waco, but people often say a lot of ignorant things about people they don't understand - whether the group is worthwhile or not. In any event, they own a lot of land on the northern boundary of the park.

    We'll be talking a lot more about the bison issue here in Bozeman on Wednesday, March 26, at 7 PM, in a film and talk featuring Mike Mease. It's on the MSU campus in Linfield Hall, Room 125. We're using this film (which documents some of the recent years in the bison struggle - hope to have some new footage as well) as a means for local organizing here in Bozeman on this and other local issues related to environmental, economic, and social justice.

    By the way, I took a journey into Yellowstone this weekend. Besides getting some fantastic photos, I saw a number of bison in the park but mostly small groups of males. Every other trip this winter I saw larger herds of females with young. Not seeing any is not a sign of reduced numbers, but now that almost 1 in every 4 bison in Yellowstone is now dead, it would be shocking if there were not consequences.

    For more on the educational film and organizing event, please visit bozemanactivist.wordpress.com

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

  • Groups Ask Congressmen To Help Halt Killing of Yellowstone National Park Bison   6 years 19 weeks ago

    I have been following this tragic story/scene. Why is it that the federal government (which as I recall is created "by the people, for the people"), is not playing an active role to stop this senseless slaughter?
    And my biggest question is: who and what is the Church Universal and Triumphant? And who are the leaders of said church?

  • Crews Remove Garbage From Marijuana Farms in Sequoia National Park   6 years 19 weeks ago

    Ah, what the liberalism of the 60's has wrought....

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 19 weeks ago

    Red

    You're making up stuff now, so it does no good to even discuss this issue. There was no sweep of the dunes for anything that day. According to fishermen who were there, the fox had been there since before sun-up and was still there when the reg-neg group showed up at the Point. Bob E./John C. would tell you the same thing I just did.
    Good fishin'

  • Crews Remove Garbage From Marijuana Farms in Sequoia National Park   6 years 19 weeks ago

    This has been going on for years in the Sierra Nevada Mountains...hikers have had encounters with these criminals. The drug cartel from Mexico is involved big-time!

  • Crews Remove Garbage From Marijuana Farms in Sequoia National Park   6 years 19 weeks ago

    This article doesn't mention one of the most interesting aspects of this sad, ongoing story: The non-profit volunteer groups that provided most of the on-the-ground labor to clean up these sites. One of the most active of these groups is the High Sierra Volunteer Trail Crew.

    These volunteer groups are a cause worthy of your support, and a blast to volunteer your own time for. We produced a story about the job of cleaning up after these plantations in the WildeBeat number 19, Restoring a Park Gone to Pot.
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    The WildeBeat "The audio journal about getting into the wilderness"
    10-minute weekly documentaries to help you appreciate our wild public lands.
    A 501c3 non-profit project of Earth Island Institute.

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 19 weeks ago

    Anonymous,

    The said animal was not hanging out on the beach but had been jumped by the park service along with several other species that were caught up in a sweep of the dune line back. The said fox was lucky enough that it escaped the removal process that occurred behind the dunes. It's luck though ran out when it was trapped between the rangers and the ocean on the beach.

    As far as breeding and birth periods what you said in your area may well be true, but in our unique ecosystem it isn't. As stated it may occur as early as mid October / mid November in our system and as late as may I add mid February as I was just corrected by a friend from NC State University.

    Now in North Carolina proper (mainland / middle of state the periods fall more into the late Jan, early March / April mold, unfortunately there is never an early fall mating season as you stated that you have in your area. In our area and most of the rest of the us that would be highly improbable but who's to say as I am convinced it varies widely by region.

    Of course I personally feel that if one looked hard enough due to unexpected habitat and species occurrences a fall mating could be possible.

    One must take into consideration the dramatic changes in habitat that occur from region to region and realize that not every species follows the accepted pattern as put forth in reference material for areas other than those forced to do so in certain areas as dictated by severe and well defined seasonal climate changes that occur.

    The plover is a prime example of this. I use to place them in a predefine time line for courtship, mating, nesting and fledgling because the book said so and if the book said it it had to be!

    Wrong!

    I pointed out "The Book" to a fishing challenged individual once when he made mention that he had seen a pair of Plovers in courtship at Hatteras inlet split. Well the next day I was there fishing and guess what.

    There were two pairs not one exhibiting this behavior. I went home and thre away the book!

    One thing that has always intrigued me about many of the animal species located here on the island is the often diminutive size that they still posses at full maturity. This includes both the Deer and Fox.

    Tight Lines
    Big Red

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 19 weeks ago

    Big Red

    According to all the scientific literature (found in scientific journals) I can find, fox have pups mid-March in the South and mid-April in the North - on average.
    Even if they began breeding in early December as your source suggests, they wouldn't have pups until the end of January, or the first of February at the earliest. I even called some professional trappers I know and none I spoke to said they have ever caught a nursing female in December or January, or even heard of one being caught.
    Try using Google Scholar.

    But we all know if that fox had been female (hasn't been verified) and had pups, it wouldn't have been hanging out on the beach for hours, it would have been nursing the pups.

  • Snowmobilers Continue to Roam Illegally Into Yellowstone National Park   6 years 19 weeks ago

    No one is acting like with nutzo, environazi, quais-religious zeal. Indeed, we are *trying* to have intelligent discourse about the issue at hand, and us liberal crazies have so far refrained from name-calling (sad I can't say the same about others...)

    As Kurt says, there are more than 450 million acres of Forest Service/BLM land, and most of which is open to snowmobiling and whatnot. We only have 84 million acres of protected parkland. Who is trying to control what here? Is 84% of public lands not enough for motorized recreation? Are we not entitled to have someplace, somewhere, that is closed to motorized recreation?

    Could it be that the majority of public lands in America are already open to multi-use and/or motorized recreation? Yep. So please, stop complaining about having no place to ride a snowmobile, ATV, etc. You have about 84% of federal land in America - isn't that enough?

  • Olympic National Park Releases General Management Plan   6 years 19 weeks ago

    Link to more information from the Peninsula Daily News:
    Looking at goals for 14 areas of Olympic National Park

    Then there is the drafting of a wilderness management plan:
    Now, on to other studies

    A fun NPS link:
    Planning, Environment and Public Comment