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 |
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 |
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 |
people are ignorant and just plain self-absorbed and stupid.
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 |
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 |
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.
@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 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In certain areas of the Everglades these pythons have had major impact: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burmese_pythons_in_Florida#Invasive_threat...
They need to comoe up with solutions or there may not be many warm-blooded creatures left.
Aug 22nd - 15:04pm |
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 |
ummm. 1600 people. 68 snakes. have at it.
Aug 21st - 12:13pm |
I believe the NPS kills pigs in the Smokies to eradicate the invasive species, if I am not mistaken. http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1066&context=v....
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: http://rainiervolunteers.blogspot.com/2015/08/not-just-another-day-at-of...
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!
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.
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:
Humans tip the balance when they begin feeding wildlife in this manner. There would be no reason for the elk hunt if they did not inflate the numbers because of this type of feeding. So then they now have to deal with the grizzlies who also want to hunt the elk. The FWS was given instructions to stop this feeding but haven't.
Lee, once again you ruin an innocuous thread with your political rants. The fact that you have no understanding of how Wall Street or big banks work or the enormous contribution they have made to making American the strongest country in the world is no reason for you to be casting aspertions upon the hundreds of thousands of people that work and invest in those fields.
Wall Street speculators, Big Banks, and Politicians are much, much scarier than either sharks or bears.
Then again, if you have enough money you might be able to buy a speculator, banker, or politician. I don't think it would influence either of the others very much.
I guess bears and sharks are just more ethical and honest.
I drove through southeastern Oregon day before yesterday. Visibility less than a mile in smoke in many places. Drove through a recent burn in grass (BLM fire? State? Private?) that went on for miles and miles alongside the highway. Still a few hotspots smoldering. Saw fire crews from White Mountain Forest in New York, Dixie in southern Utah, and loads of mili
It's not a drug transaction they are talking about, but drug trafficking. Big difference. Cartels and smugglers would kill a ranger in a New York minute if it was one man against several and they were looking at life in prison if they allowed him to arrest them.