I have read with interest the comments on social media in response to the latest human/animal incident. Sad to read these comments in light of the fact that God has made Man to be the only creature made in His image and He has made us stewards of his creation. So many of these commenters seem to exalt the place of animals above that of humans.
Aug 27th - 00:11am |
Do you have a reserached-based evidence to back up your statment?
Bears rank among the most intellegent animals in existence. They are amazing creatures able to master complex skills and to teach them to cubs and other bears. Indeed, they are far more intellegent than the smartest dog.
Aug 26th - 13:27pm |
We have seen pictures and videos of idiot visitors looking for the disgusting "selfie" that are crowding and scary our wildlife. More animals are going to killed because of the poorest of judgements made by humans.
FWIW-It wasn't a "quick shot to the head", it was a very inhumane "captive bolt" that doesn't not kill them, but stuns them. It is not a quick ending.
Aug 26th - 08:35am |
wow, so hidden or not so hidden in this story is the "law suit" factor....thats it! Thats the real reason the bears are killed. Why not tell the truth here? The park service is afraid that someone out there will cry foul should an event happen to their loved one who just happens to be in the wrong place. Your logic is BS!
Aug 26th - 08:31am |
I appreciate the article written in response to this incident but I regret the parks decision to put the bear down. Sure I understand its difficult to find locations willing to accept a bear that has killed a human but was that attempt made? It seems to have been a quick decision and probably park policy to put the bear down.
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.
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 |
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 |
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!
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 |
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Unfortunately, what this episode really reflects is an advancing institutional decay in the quality of national park leadership."
They hit that nail on the head. But old Pedro has Smokies ties so he is very well versed in poor leadership via the Jarvis model.
One idea would be to have the park do some environmental compliance on the issue. As far as I can tell, there has been none. This idea deserves at least an Environmental Assessment, if not an EIS. Opening a park to hunting is certainly a significant action and is controversial.
Aug 26th - 16:52pm |
Great Idea. Lets get them all and send any extra pythons to PEERS.
Aug 26th - 10:11am |
What does python taste like? Might be some marketing opportunities there.
Python burgers. Python steaks. Hmmmm.
Aug 26th - 03:13am |
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 |
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 |
They must be removed and the issue of preventing arrival of additional Pythons depends on education, PSAs, signs, classroom programs, etc.
One of the reasons the fall foliage is so spectacular in Acadia National Park: The Great Fire of 1947, which burned nearly 17,000 acres on Mount Desert Island, leading to the deciduous forest that is so colorful today.
Agree! Waterton has plenty to offer for scenic drives, day hikes and more. If you plan to take the boat trip via the M. V. International, be sure to check the schedule at this link.
Aug 27th - 12:38pm |
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is also a World Heritage Sites. It was nominated by both the US and Canada and inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1995. There are 23 World Heritage Sites in the US (including 2 shared w/ Canada).
Hmmmm. Always interesting watching the weekly whims of the media. One week, they try to convince us that the National Parks are nearing extinction because no one visits them and the demise of their preservation is near, then the following week the tone changes that they are overcrowded...
CJ is right. Maybe it's time for another Mission 66.
But this time, let's not build more roads and parking lots. Nor more huge visitor centers or hotels or cafeterias or marinas or, or, or . . . . .
Let's seek SOLUTIONS for the complex issues that face our parks.
The best value comes from parks that are fully staff, maintained and appropriate to the National Park System.
Aug 26th - 15:33pm |
I'm with the anonymous who said buy a parks pass. Mine more than pays for itself every year (but then I live within a day trip of three national parks, and a weekend's trip of several more).
Also, the value for me goes *way* up if it's a park I've never been to before.
Aug 26th - 10:44am |
And if you are going to measure "value" by enjoyment divided by entrance fee alone, any park with a zero entrance fee has infinite value, mathematically speaking. And do you value the chance of seeing a grizzly bear more than actually seeing one, and does it matter whether or not you have seen one before, or if you have your kids with you, or if the bear is actually fishing, or you actual
I agree with all the others -- even ec!
Although I have found some places more interesting and exciting or satisfying than others, there are great values anywhere you see a big Arrowhead with a bison on it.
But just like books or movies, some will tickle the fancies of some folks more than others.
It's the great variety of our parks that helps make them even better.
Aug 26th - 09:59am |
I agree with ecbuck but i would add...buy a parks pass and see more than one in a year. Thats the best value.
Aug 26th - 09:59am |
What do you mean by "value"? Is it some sort of recreation, viewing scenery or wildlife, or photographing them (which is a different "value"? How about the "value" of just "setting foot in" a particular park, like Gates of the Arctic? It's wonderful, but the cost of getting there is vastly more than the entrance fee of zero. The commercial flights and the floatplan
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
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.
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 |
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.