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  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 32 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 32 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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  • Groups Ask Congressmen To Help Halt Killing of Yellowstone National Park Bison   6 years 32 weeks ago

    Church Universal and Triumphant

    oops, redundant post...

  • Groups Ask Congressmen To Help Halt Killing of Yellowstone National Park Bison   6 years 32 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 32 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 32 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 32 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 32 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 32 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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    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 32 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 32 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 32 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 32 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

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 32 weeks ago

    Anonymous,

    I'm not for more ORV driving on the beaches but I am for informed, controlled ORV driving as dictated by the ever changing seasons and habitat need of the affected areas.

    Now you mentioned Bonner Bridge!

    I've been waiting for someone to do that, kind off like the little kid that can't read sitting outside waiting for the candy store to open. He knows it's gonna happen he just don't know when.

    You don't realize it but you actually hit the proverbial nail dead on the head.

    In the replacement proposal for the Bonner Bridge there have been two major ideas that received attention.

    One is the short bridge proposal over Oregon Inlet that would actually parallel the present location and drop all traffic back onto Pea Island at the south end of the bridge for their continued journey to the promised land. Unfortunately the road to the promised land goes smack dab through the middle of a Wilderness Area slightly more than one quarter mile wide at it's widest point.

    Now the plot thickens. Option two as they call it is still a bridge over Oregon inlet but it is also a total bypass of the Pea Island National Wilderness area. This would be accomplished by the installation of either a bridge or causeway that would run South out in the sound at least one eighth of a mile from the island and return to the highway and follow it's original path just above the village of Rodanthe.

    The advantages are as follows:

    1. You actually could as you put it bulldoze the dunes and also the road in an area that constitutes almost one fourth of the total area of the CHNSRA.
    2. Approximately six thousand acres of actual wilderness area would suddenly appear in it's true form and provide undisturbed habitat for a myriad of species. ( I suspect that with the dunes and man gone the Plovers would love the area and would finally have a true suitable habitat instead of having to settle for a man made substitute)
    3. Road maintenance cost would fall dramatically as this stretch of road bed is subject to far more wash over than any other on Hatteras Island which results in astronomical upkeep and replacement cost.
    4. A new man made inlet could indeed be opened above Rodanthe where mother nature is presently and constantly trying to do so.
    5. With the return to true wilderness and the new inlet in place all truly non native species could be relocated and I mean actually relocated!
    6. It would create one of the best and largest fishing habitats on the central east coast for a myriad of species. (A bit selfish on my part but I just had to throw that in.)
    7. Even though it would be the more expensive of the two options it would actually over time be far cheaper when one considers all of the ongoing cost associated with the short bridge option!
    8. The naturally occurring rise in sea level which will put most of this areas roadbed either underwater or on a causeway over the next fifty year period could be avoided for this area.

    Alas though the advantages of the second option are so great that it doesn't stand a proverbial snowballs chance in hell of happening when one considers and applies the inevitable 360 degree rule of governmental decision making as is surely applied to all decisions that both the state and federal government become involved in!

    Tight Lines
    Big Red

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 32 weeks ago

    OK, if you think the locals get special privileges guaranteed to them when the seashore was formed, then let the real locals stand up. Pull out your family trees and if you can prove that you are descended from an Midgett, O'neal, Gillikin, Willis, or one of the 10 or so island families let's give you a special pass to continue to have your right to access the beach. The rest of you "locals" who moved from Jersey or have been coming for vacation for 30 years don't get squat.

  • Snowmobilers Continue to Roam Illegally Into Yellowstone National Park   6 years 32 weeks ago

    Snowbird06
    Gary, the problem with you is your probably one those guy's who are hell bent in having his own way, even if it means breaking the law to satisfy your own personal agenda for outdoor fun and activity. Your language follows the same selfish platform as the "Wise Use" folks: suck it for all it's worth and condemn those that wish for a safe and sound environment that's well managed for all of us to enjoy. I've seen over years reckless fools that need a sever mental attitude adjustment, for their so-called "outa-my-way" I'll behavior ("It's my park and I'm going to do what I damn right please!"). Also, I've seen name calling hot heads like you, wind up in jail for being a threat to yourself and to the public safety of others. Cool down or you might wind up in jail someday. Laws and regulations are written to protect the environment and to enhance the public safety...not to curtail you spirit and energy to enjoy the great outdoors. Enjoy with safety!

  • Dinosaur National Monument Cutting Paleontology Staff   6 years 32 weeks ago
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  • Olympic National Park Releases General Management Plan   6 years 32 weeks ago

    I have nothing against the Port Angeles Regional COC, but to use "they can't pay for what they have now" as an excuse for not expanding the park is pretty lame in my opinion - very few NPS units can pay for what they have now...it's a shame PARCOC couldn't come up with a more original reason for not liking the GMP.

  • Snowmobilers Continue to Roam Illegally Into Yellowstone National Park   6 years 32 weeks ago

    You are right-on "Righteous?"...too many envirowhacko bureaucrats, with the help of junk science has infiltrated our land-use agencies. It's not about protecting wildlife to them...it's about keeping "evil HUMANS" out...as if we are not part of the ecosystem.
    The angrier people get over restrictions to OUR parks that WE pay taxes for, the greater chance that these parks will eventually be developed as population pressures increase and land becomes more and more valuable, especially to find new domestic sources of fossil fuels to wean us from foreign oil.
    If ya can't enjoy these wildlands within good reason without nutzo environazi quasi-religious zeal that excludes us terrible humans then why have it? People ARE starting to ask that question. Stay tuned.

  • Park History: Theodore Roosevelt National Park   6 years 32 weeks ago

    I was a seasona park ranger in Theodore Roosevelt back in the 70's for several summers. A day does not go by that I don't think of the wonderful experiences I had while working there. I am so glad to see how many other people feel the same way about this area as I do. I look forward to getting back there soon.

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 32 weeks ago

    I''m for more ORV driving on the beach, but that would entail blowing up Bonner bridge, or letting it fall into the inlet, which ever comes first, and bulldozing the dunes from Pea Island to Ocracoke inlet. That would require anyone wanting to travel the island to do so w/4-wheel drive after arriving by ferry and it would partially begin to restore the habitat required by all the species that nest on the OBX. It would also include not closing new inlets.
    Why should the U.S. and North Carolinian taxpayers continue provide the Golden Goose for the OBX businesses? How many millions has NCDOT spent to support their profit margin? How many millions has the park service spent to support their profit margin? What's been their contribution to the Park? (answer: nada)
    Sorry if I don't feel sorry for the "businesses" who in turn break it off in we tourists during the season. As far as I can tell, the Park Service is obligated to serve the interests of the nation, not a bunch of businesses.

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 32 weeks ago

    Anonymous,

    Just a brief suggestion that may make you life easier in the future.

    It is often easier to not sound like a total fool if one knows his / her facts!

    In the future it would probably serve you in good stead to know things about what one espouses to have knowledge of!

    Below you will find a little jewel plagiarized from the Animal Diversity Web sponsored by the University of Michigan.

    "The annual estrous period of female red foxes last from 1 to 6 days. Ovulation is spontaneous and does not require copulation to occur. The exact time of estrous and breeding varies across the broad geographic range of the species: December-January in the south, January-February in the central regions, and February-April in the north. Males will fight during the breeding season. Males have a cycle of fecundity, with full spermatogenesis only occurring from November to March. Females may mate with a number of males but will establish a partnership with only one male. Copulation usually lasts 15 or 20 minutes and is often accompanied by a vocal clamor. Implantation of the fertilized egg occurs between 10 and 14 days after a successful mating. Just before and for a time after giving birth the female remains in or around the den. The male partner will provision his mate with food but does not go into the maternity den. Gestation is typically between 51 and 53 days but can be as short as 49 days or as long as 56 days. Litters vary in size from 1 to 13 pups with an average of 5. Birth weight is between 50 and 150 g. The pups are born blind but open their eyes 9 to 14 days after birth. Pups leave the den 4 or 5 weeks after birth and are fully weaned by 8 to 10 weeks. Mother and pups remain together until the autumn after the birth. Sexual maturity is reached by 10 months."

    Our period of estrous may vary 30-60 days here on the outer island and occur any time from mid Oct to mid Jan with actual birth occurring anywhere from early / mid December till late Feb / mid March. I have no idea what the reason behind the variations are but have often speculated that it may be due to the seasonally warmer weather we often have or the appearance of an unexpected cold period in late October.

    Tight Lines
    Big Red

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 33 weeks ago

    Why go to Cape Point to "protest"? It seems if these extremists had any gonads at all, they would be inside the Federal Courthouse on 4/4 and let the judge know how they feel.

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 33 weeks ago

    That fox didn't have any kits in the fall/winter. Fox reproduce in the spring. Why the embellishment?

    The plover is a native on the entire eastern seaboard and the gulf coast. Cape Lookout is the extreme southern end of its breeding range, not Cape Hatteras. How many plover does Lookout have? North Carolina appears to be the only state in the U.S. with plovers present year-round. Any field guide would show you that.

    From reading the injunction request, your favorite exotic and non-native predators are a threat to more than the plover. Funny, it seems to me that if the locals and ORVers would have cooperated in removing the invasive predators, this injunction probably wouldn't be happening, and I wouldn't be wondering about my vacation plans. I was driving through Avon last summer and there were cats running around all over the place. I couldn't believe it. Might as well store nucular waste in the backyard, it's no less detrimental to the environment than a cat running loose outside.

  • Battle Mounts Over Off-Road Vehicles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore   6 years 33 weeks ago

    I never saw anyone other than some of the park rangers giving out trash bags. I filled up about 5 they gave me, and they took it off of the beach after I did. And the insurance company for the freighter brought in a big crew of folks who cleaned the entire beach ... I saw them in the Cape Point bird area with a park ranger watching over them.