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The Death Of A Bear

Aug 26th - 08:02am | Deby Dixon

You are so right about the social media backlash for agreeing with the park.  It was a bit scary and I felt the need to try and walk a fine line but just asking people to curb their anger and act respectfully was met with anger.

Aug 26th - 07:57am | Deby Dixon

Great story Kurt!  It is unfortunate that people became so angry and abusive towards park administration during this time - I don't think that it helped bears any.  And, to be fair to many of us who are here, multiple reports came in from Lake residents saying that the man was most likely jogging because he do so on the trail regularly.

Aug 25th - 22:35pm | David Kornelussen

The "human" life is most assuredly most significant in the equation. The sows attack on the person is most tragic, the Sows killing and consumption shows a hungry bear with cubs to feed finding a food source , in this case "human" an easy catch. Also tragic for the sow and possibly her cubs future by witness of the sows attack ingrained in the cubs.

Aug 25th - 20:20pm | Anonymous

You're right! Bears are bears, being bears! Why punish them for assumptions that you also cannot prove, just like social meda"s uninformed inaccuracies?  Naming the animal or not has no bearing on my opion that you sentenced an animal to death for being an animal.  You are there to ptotect animals, right? So protect them from stupid, selfish humans!

Aug 25th - 16:16pm | Lee Dalton

Kudos to Kerry Gunther for having the guts to stand up and say out loud some of the things that should be said.

Aug 25th - 14:26pm | Travelingartist

Right on target.  We have volunteered in NPS as well as traveled and we have seen some of the stupid public up close.  Some people think what they see are not wild animals for they left their brains at home when on vacation.  NPS gives warnings, the public just doesn't think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 25th - 14:24pm | Vicki Lange

Kurt Repanshek -- formerly Wyoming bureau chief of the Associated Press, was once an associate of my former public-relations company in my Wyoming office.  This is a wonderful article about the realities of hiking while confronting wildlife, in this case, bears, as well as the pros and cons of social media.  Also, please note the Michigan connection, very sad, but true.  

Aug 25th - 13:39pm | Elli Hunt

Well, I agree with what the park service did. I don't think they had any choice. Just as was explained, one a bear  consumes part of a kill, it's natural instincts kick in and will do it again if the opportunity presents itself, and that will happen. It's unfortunate incident. 

Aug 25th - 09:12am | wyoyell

@Ray Bane.....the last I heard the cubs were not put down and were under quarantine until they could be sent to a zoo in Toledo, Ohio. The park service did what they thought was best. They didn't take pleasure in it and if things had been different then I'm sure their decision would have been different.

Aug 24th - 23:19pm | Katie

Doubtful those cubs would survive back in the wild and amazed at the stupidity of someone who should have definitely known better. Sad when a long time employee of the park makes a decision to do something that put not only his own life on the line but also the lives of 3 incredible animals. People being idiots killed that bear, not the NPS.

Aug 24th - 22:58pm | Ray Bane

The Park Service was justified in putting down the sow and her cubs, sad as that is.  Legally and morally they could not simply allow the animals to roam free after this tragedy.  That was never an option.  

Plan To Open Everglades National Park To Python Hunt Condemned By PEER

Aug 26th - 03:13am | Ponani

opportunity to reduce invasive aninimal population while educating public and getting them to experience the park. All at minimal cost and little to no liability. This is a problem how?

Aug 25th - 17:24pm | Bill Teufel

This is Jeff Rucks qualifications...Please note he has never held a job connected to the outdoors nor does it seem he has ever spent any time outdoors since he has been a political activist pundit his entire career.  So he is qualified to tell the professionals at NPS how to do their  job?  This is what is wrong in the US.  I bet tqxpaqyers pay his salary!

Aug 25th - 17:04pm | JoAnne Bissell

They must be removed and the issue of preventing arrival of additional Pythons depends on education, PSAs, signs, classroom programs, etc.

Aug 25th - 14:08pm | ecbuck

Other than offending Mr. Ruch's distain for hunting.  What exactly is the downside of this "hunt"?

Aug 25th - 10:48am | Jeff Ruch

Yes we do, employ a team of 6 to 10 specially trained seasonal NPS employees to actively capture kill and remove pythons from the park under the auspices of the National Park Service.    

Aug 25th - 10:33am | Lee Dalton

It's easy to criticize from a distance, and while I often agree with PEER, I have to ask if Mr. Ruch has a better idea?

Corporations Lend A Hand To Insulate And Provide Sustainable Power To Yellowstone National Park Buildings

Aug 25th - 23:38pm | Rick B.

Agreed on both points, Lee. Moreover, it can help sort out experientially steps to take or not take into the future.

Aug 25th - 21:53pm | bonnie.wolven@g...

About time our progress in environmental design was adapted to human survival in our national park system.   Way to Go!  

Aug 25th - 10:39am | Lee Dalton

This is the kind of corporate help NPS really needs. And it appears it's being done without a lot of grandstanding, self-congratulations and "Look at What We're Doing!" advertising.   

Spare the bear or kill the bear?

Aug 25th - 17:47pm | Bill Teufel

When does someone become responsible for their actions or, lack therof?  If you are in snake country do you wear snake leggings or complain when one bites you?  Not carrying any defensive weapons while in bear or cougar country is  irresponsible.  What happens to the bison that attacks a visitor becasue the person uses poor judgement and gets too close?  Leets kill them

Aug 23rd - 14:34pm | DOUG TALLY

Would bear spray and Open Carry of a weapon in National Parks appease both sides?

Congress Slashes $101 Million From National Park Service Budget. More To Come?

Aug 25th - 17:30pm | Rob M.

It's obvious that you have only been to one National Park in your life, they all charge admission. Before Congress made a bunch of cuts in the deal that came after Ted Cruz shutdown our government, it cost the average American household $2.65 a year to fund the parks, or the average cost of a drink at Starbucks. 

Sow Black Bear And Cub Moved From Grand Teton National Park To Zoo

Aug 25th - 16:21pm | Lee Dalton

Ed Abbey was 100% right when he wrote that as long as humans insist on invading the habitat of bears, we shouldn't be upset when a grizzly occasionally harvests a trespasser.

Aug 25th - 15:36pm | Deb

I have taken it upon myself to photograph people feeding animals in YNP. They are generally near or in their vehicles (except when they send their kids out to stand next to the animals), so I also photograph their vehicles.  

Aug 24th - 09:37am | Ruth peterson

in addition to fining lazy, irresponsible park visitors, how about publicly shaming them? If the threat of having you gear destroyed and your provisions ruined by wildlife isn't enough for these lazy ***  to behave responsibly, NAME THEM and where they're from! A wall of shame just might do the trick. 

Aug 23rd - 15:04pm | Bobbie Reif

The park service should have every person entering the park take an oath and sign a contract of compliance with park rules with automatic   $500.00 fine for any violation cited- raise the ranger salaries and buy more people to hand out tickets. 

Aug 23rd - 12:28pm | Debby

people are ignorant and just plain self-absorbed and stupid.  

A Special Day At Golden Spike National Historic Site

Aug 25th - 09:37am | Lynda Damrill

This is one to put on your "bucket list. The  enactment jumps right out of most children's history texts. It is a true living history event. Share it with a child! Thanks for the excellent background and vivid description.      

Booker T. Washington National Monument To Offer “Harvest Time” Program

Aug 24th - 14:03pm | kathryn manning

Any chance you have something like this going on this year?  

North Cascades National Park Looking For Colonial Creek Campground Hosts

Aug 24th - 07:34am | Jim Burnett

Glad  you're willing to help!Fyi, you'll need to use the contact information in the story to make your interest known to the park. This site merely reported on the need, and is not connected with the NPS in any official capacity.

Aug 23rd - 17:27pm | Ken & Janice So...

We are interested in volunteering as campground hosts at Colonial Creek Campground. Nwsommer

Treasure Your National Park Visits With A Photo Album From Shutterfly

Aug 23rd - 16:57pm | Allyson

I lost the code for my free shutterfly book coupon I got at the fort at San Juan.  Does anyone have one they can share?  My email address is Thanks!

Paddling The Border Route In The Boundary Waters

Aug 23rd - 14:14pm | DOUG TALLY

Is this feasible... suggestions?  Solo w/Alpacka Packraft, park in Duluth. Find transportation to Eli, border route to Lk Superior. Find transportation back to Duluth?

Some Long Missing Species Returning To Cape Cod National Seashore

Aug 23rd - 12:28pm | Mark McLean

Great article.   I was at Coast Guard beach in Eastham today with my family observing the haul out of seals on a sand bar.  I grew up as a kid going to the same beach in the 70's and 80's and never remember seeing one seal in all the years we vacationed there.  So I though it was "not normal" to see seals so I had to research why there are seal populations on Cape Cod.

Photography In The National Parks: Your Armchair Guide to Glacier National Park – Part 1

Aug 23rd - 10:40am | Rebecca Latson ...

Hi There.  A ND filter is a Neutral Density filter.  It is a gray piece of glass or resin which you can purchase in varying intensities of darkness that screws onto your lens (the filters come in lens-specific sizes like 58mm or 77mm or 82mm, etc.).  It doesn't change any of the colors of your composition - it simply allows less light to hit your camera's sensor.

Aug 23rd - 09:52am | Susan 12

What is an ND filter?  

"Python Challenge" Coming To Everglades National Park In January

Aug 22nd - 17:26pm | Steve Nelson

In certain areas of the Everglades these pythons have had major impact: They need to comoe up with solutions or there may not be many warm-blooded creatures left.

Aug 22nd - 15:04pm | Loren Clark

I would like to see an open season on these snakes as they pose a real threat to the eco system balance.

Aug 21st - 18:52pm | dave

ummm. 1600 people.  68 snakes.  have at it.

Aug 21st - 12:13pm | Bob DeGross

I believe the NPS kills pigs in the Smokies to eradicate the invasive species, if I am not mistaken.

Aug 21st - 09:21am | Rick Smith

Hunting in a national park?  Does that mean that we will soon go after burros in Death Valley or pigs in the Smokies?  Seems like a strange decision by the superintendent.

UPDATED: Glacial Outburst Floods Portion Of Mount Rainier National Park

Aug 22nd - 10:37am | tahoma

The Westside Road has reopened three miles to Dry Creek for vehicles, and beyond for bikes and hikers.  Here's an interesting account of the flooding by a volunteer who was first on the scene:

Sound Studies Under Way At Grand Teton National Park

Aug 22nd - 09:59am | realist

good article, the usual straying comments. there is no "overcrowding" as there is no limit to the number set by Nature to the number of visitors. All the other prople in your park are looking at you as the problem. Back to the issue of noise pollution, ban motorcycles!

Facilities In Kings Canyon National Park Closed Due To Wildfire

Aug 22nd - 07:52am | Jim Burnett

re: "I didn't know there were that many firefighters in the whole world." Indeed, Lee - the well is bound to be dry when it comes to trained resources, and risks increase as the same people work long, hard days on multiple fires over the summer and fall. 

Aug 21st - 17:37pm | Lee Dalton

From this morning's Morning Report: National Fire Activity NIFC is at PL 5. There are 66 uncontained large fires burning nationwide, down 27 from yesterday. Current resource commitments appear below, with changes from yesterday's numbers in parentheses:

Ranking The National Parks By Visitation In 2011

Aug 20th - 21:57pm | Yeshua

Yellowstone National Park is amazing!! The paint pots are just breathtaking! (but don't take too big of a breath because it smells like rotten eggs. :p

Heavy Metals Polluting Colorado River In Grand Canyon National Park

Aug 20th - 19:03pm | Kurt Repanshek

A great question! You can find your answer at the following link: short answer is some do filter heavy metals)

Aug 20th - 18:58pm | John A

what about campers on the river in the canyon who treat and drink river water?

Touring The National Parks: What Does It Take To Get Into An RV Today?

Aug 20th - 14:52pm | Deb C in OH

My dream is not to drive alot...but find a park where I can park, set up and return to seasonally.

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