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May 18th - 12:43pm | Kurt Repanshek
Don, with some ranchers figuring a bison calf is worth $1,400 gross, I'd say the fine is pretty low when you consider the calf had to be put down.http://www.nebsusag.org/newsletters/feature59a.htm
May 18th - 11:53am | Don J
So not only does he get fined but a $25 processing fee as well. What a scam - they give you a ticket and then they want $25 to process it.
May 18th - 08:56am | Rebecca Latson ...
I agree with Debra. The death of that bison calf would have fed birds of prey as well as other wild animals living within the park. The national parks have these do-not-touch rules for a reason. It doesn't matter whether or not the guy's "heart was in the right place", he broke a posted rule within the park. He should have never touched the bison calf in the first place.
May 17th - 16:14pm | Debra
But by moving the animal, even if would have eventually died, prevented other animals from benefitting from it's death. There is a reason it is called the "circle of life". One animal's death can feed other animals. Not to mention, maybe, the herd would have come back for it later. When are people going to learn that you are supposed to look but not touch in the National Parks.
May 17th - 15:17pm | Carole Cimarron
His heart was in the right place. The mother had provably rejected it before Mr. Kassam interfered. I don't think he should have been fined for trying to save the life of a baby animal. Euthanization was more humane then freezing to death.
May 18th - 10:22am | trailadvocate
Mr. Shattuck, it's pretty obvious you have passed the "purity" test. Maybe you can explain how you've become so pure. I do have to confess that some of your vitriol I have harbored toward the immediate predecessor to Dave Uberaga, Steve Martin. From what I've experienced Dave was by far, more liked and respected than his predecessor.
May 18th - 07:31am | Feltthepain
It is about time that the actual responsible people get held accountable instead of scapegoats. Now what about the Director giving his buddy preferential treatment all these years and clearly kicking the can down the road.
May 18th - 01:31am | Dick Shattuck
"How about turning your snark on your Presidential candidates" Totally irrelevant. We have the right to expect honestly from these appointees, no matter how incompetent the candidates are. "Dave was referred to as Super Dave by those in the rafting community"
May 17th - 23:57pm | trailadvocate
Don't know about Rainier but here at the Canyon Dave was referred to as Super Dave by those in the rafting community and many others. How about turning your snark on your Presidential candidates and clean up your own nest. That's about where these comments belong.
May 17th - 19:36pm | Dick Shattuck
Wow. This guy is really a piece of work. Engage in unethical practices. Act dumb about it. Make a bundle. Get exposed, and suffer only a slap on the wrist. Get rewarded with a new job and a $7000 raise. Our tax dollars (not) at work.
May 17th - 17:56pm | Megaera
Yup. He had a *lousy* reputation up here at Mt. Rainier. Good riddance to bad rubbish.
May 17th - 13:11pm | Fried Fed
Did Dave Loeffler get to keep his job?
May 17th - 11:10am | tahoma
Good riddance! 'Teflon Dave' should have been retired at least a decade ago. In an agency with any real transparency and accountability, he would still be making license plates:http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/mount-rainier-park-ex-official-...
May 18th - 09:34am | ecbuck
'Rick B. Charge them the "market rate" and they ones that will pay are the consumers. According to this BLM piece, close to 10% graze on BLM land alone. Anyone who thinks increased costs on 10% of the supply won't have an impact on cost is completely ignorant of of economics. Though I do believe that they should pay at least the cost of the program.
May 18th - 09:17am | Rick Smith
"So what Rick? The vast majority of grizzlies are not from ID, MT or WY either. In fact the cattle population of those states is as much if not a higher percentage of the total US population than grizzlies from those states are of theirs." What? You talking about Alaska and Canada?
May 17th - 22:26pm | Lee Dalton
I know our Esteemed Comrade, being a staunch conservative socialist, will simply ignore any attempt to document anything he might want to ignore, but for the more sensible readers here is some information that is easily found online: HOW IMPORTANT ARE THESE WESTERN PUBLIC RANGELANDS IN TERMS OF OVERALL US BEEF PRODUCTION?
May 17th - 19:11pm | Rick B.
Fine. Charge them market value for the grazing instead of the meager rates that made the Bundy's feel so entitled.
May 17th - 14:02pm | ecbuck
So what Rick? The vast majority of grizzlies are not from ID, MT or WY either. In fact the cattle population of those states is as much if not a higher percentage of the total US population than grizzlies from those states are of theirs.
May 17th - 10:59am | Rick Smith
Well, ec, let's see. The vast majority of beef that graces your table does not come from ID., MT., or WY. Here are the stats from the beef industry:
May 17th - 08:16am | ecbuck
You act like teflon dodging everything thrown at you. No Rick B, unlike you, Rick Smith & Lee, I haven't run from anything. You ask I question, I will answer. You ask for substantiation of a stated fact, I will provide it. You make baseless claims, I will point it out.
May 16th - 23:50pm | Rick Smith
People on NPT are on to you, ec.
May 16th - 23:36pm | Rick B.
Sorry, Eric. This is where your "baseless" whine doesn't matter. BS is his opinion about your opinion. It ain't an uncommon opinion around here, and he doesn't have to justify a subjective impression. How can you dare to accuse others of fleeing? You act like teflon dodging everything thrown at you.
May 16th - 20:48pm | ecbuck
Well Rick, perhaps you can explain why it is BS, but I suspect like your fleeing from the question re the failure of AGW models, you will just run because you have no real answer.
May 16th - 20:29pm | rmackie
Thank you Rick, nice response. I have signed the petition.
May 16th - 19:17pm | Rick Smith
ec--What a bs response!
May 16th - 13:28pm | ecbuck
why should non-native cattle, ultimately bound for the slaughter house, take precedence over the native grizzlies Because cattle are part of our food source. Would you rather raise Grizzlies to put on the dinner table?
May 16th - 13:23pm | Rick Smith
Journalist Todd Wilkinson writes in the book, "The Grizzlies of Pilgrim Creek, Wilkinson raises an interesting question: why should non-native cattle, ultimately bound for the slaughter house, take precedence over the native grizzlies who are acting as the predators they are? Wilkinson writes, "What rubs many the wrong way is that exotic cattle hold primacy on public land t
May 16th - 10:33am | Bonnie Binder
So maybe we should just kill every animal on the planet, that would sure "recreate" them, eh ???? Ugh....
May 16th - 09:45am | Kent Nelson
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May 16th - 07:38am | som sai
I wouldn't want the trophy from one but I sure would like to shoot one in a National Park. What better way to recreate than by heading up to Yellowstone and shooting a Grizzly Bear?
May 17th - 23:51pm | Rick B.
Congratulations, Stephen Hanson. Sounds like a lifetime experience and well earned. I'm only 8 years older than you, but have sufficient infirmities to acknowledge that I will never be able to accomplish what you have here. I'm very glad to be able to read accounts like yours to appreciate some of what I will miss. Thanks very much for writing here.
May 17th - 21:13pm | Stephen Hanson
I have made two trips to the cables in 2016 as a 59 year old man. I trained very hard for this hike. The first trip in July, we got the the cables but the weather turned us away. All I could think was Sh*t! I have to make this hike again. The second time, we got a last minute permit, and left Happy Isles at midnight on the night of the Blood Moon in September.
May 17th - 20:20pm | paulAZ
Ever heard of surge pricing? It's not rocket science.
May 17th - 15:32pm | Jack Clifford
Face it, everything Obama touches gets ruined. On purpose. What the heck does he care about what some old, evil slaveowners or empire builders (ie white) guys did way back a long time ago?
May 17th - 14:58pm | Charles Darwin
It wasnt' the bison calf that needed to be euthanized...
May 17th - 12:10pm | Steve from CO
I think it is time to issue every park ranger a hammer and a set of nails. Anytime someone is found trying to take a selfie or otherwise too close to wildlife, the phone/camera is smashed with the hammer and nailed to a board near the entrance or visitor center with a sign that says, "This is what happens to Violators!!!", in every language possible, of course.
May 17th - 09:27am | Tom in Wisconsin
The calf had to be euthanized because it could not be quarantined and cared for for the length of time necessary to then give it to a sanctuary. Brucellosis exists in the park and state and federal laws require quarantining of all animals that could be carriers. Transporting the calf without quarantine would break several laws and possibly infect domestic herds.
May 16th - 23:22pm | Layra
Visitors get multiple warnings when the enter the park and all throughout the park. Warnings are literally all over. These come in many different languages and are full of illustrations in case anyone can't or doesnt take the time to read. I agree, fines should be huge!
May 16th - 22:25pm | J. Wilson
What these tourist did to that poor calf was stupid and misguided. But I don't understand why the calf had to be euthanized. Isn't there an animal sanctuary that could have taken this poor baby?
May 16th - 18:43pm | M. Stuhlreyer
A few yrs.
May 16th - 15:47pm | Bobbie Reif
I think everyone entering the park should be advised of the rules in writing (in whatever their language) prior to entry and the rangers should have the authority to issue large fines for violations and also remove people from the park.
May 16th - 15:35pm | Deanna Lee
I worked in the park 32 years ago. These National Parks are amazing and are greatfully shared. we have all diferent kinds of people who come to our parks. If you don't understand the enviroment then stay home!
May 17th - 12:59pm | [email protected]
Just spend an hour at any south Florida boat ramp and the reason for all the stupidity will become crystal clear. LOL
May 17th - 11:25am | tahoma
Maureen Finnerty was the best NPS superintendent I worked under. I'm even more impressed that she's leading this challenge to JJ's dubious and dangerous 'Director's Order'.
May 16th - 20:56pm | Aarglebargle
Without ignoring the notion that NPS uniforms might benefit from an update without the foundations of conservation dissolving.... Perhaps NP's should be a place where people who have endured poor or terrible behavior by people in authority can learn: 1. it need not be that way. 2. They deserve and should demand better.
May 16th - 14:19pm | Charlie
Brilliant Kurt. Plus an understanding of the history and culture of the NPS as a collection of parks before dismantling they way they work before pointing a finger, would allow for an open dialogue to growth in improving accessibility to parks in many ways, not just by removing a uniform.
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May 16th - 20:26pm | Shilah
I absolutely love Banana Slugs, They are wonderful in the garden, cleaning up dead insects, and animal droppings. I am an amature photographer, and one of my fav things to photograph is Fungi. I have witnessed the slime trails off of mushrooms filled with fungi spores.
May 16th - 10:14am | Cache
If the shelter is full or a non thru hikers with a reservation shows up the thru hiker can tent camp within sight of the shelter. Also, they are not strickly enforcing this rule right now because of the norovirus that is going around.
May 16th - 09:12am | Damion
I a doing disaster assessment in class and Im chhosing The yellow stone fire of 1988 can someone tell me how hot the fire was.
May 16th - 08:30am | Lee Dalton
Excellent, Kurt. Is there any way you could send this to newspapers across the country in hopes they might reprint it?