Lance Crosby, out for a morning hike on a forested mountainside above the Lake development in Yellowstone National Park, apparently had little time to react when a sow grizzly charged him last summer, according to an investigation into his fatal mauling.
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Fatal Grizzly Mauling In Yellowstone National Park Highlights Need For Better Safety Practices By Hikers
Being attacked by a bear while hiking the backcountry of Yellowstone, Grand Teton, or Glacier national parks no doubt is near the top of concerns of most hikers, but not enough are taking adequate precautions when they venture into the bears' realm.
In a move seen as a way to both bolster the stocks of Yellowstone National Park bison and to support cultural practices of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes in northeastern Montana, park officials are proposing to use the Fort Peck Reservation for a bison quarantine program.
Millions of visitors flock to Yellowstone National Park each year to see its steaming geysers, iridescent pools and carved, rugged landscape. For the last five years, Jim Gardner, Kenny Befus and a team of undergraduate students from the Jackson School of Geosciences have been among them.
Concerned that there are too many bison in Yellowstone National Park, the Interagency Bison Management Plan partners have signed off on a plan that calls for upwards of 900 of the iconic animals to be culled, either through a public hunt outside the park or through a trapping program to provide bison to Native American tribes.
How are we to act in a national park? That might seem to carry an obvious answer, but it's not always so obvious these days. As different generations, different racial groups, and different cultures enter the National Park System, not all seem out to enjoy the natural beauty on display in the landscape parks simply by walking about and gazing at the setting, hiking or backpacking, paddling or climbing, or watching wildlife.
Although grizzly bear attacks on people in Yellowstone National Park are rare, they draw world-wide media attention and can be quite traumatic for park visitors, staff, and the general public both locally and nationwide when they happen. One of these rare attacks occurred in the park during the 2015 summer season, resulting in a human death, killing of the adult grizzly bear, and placement of two cubs in a zoo. This event was tragic, but also very unusual in the ecosystem, especially in light of the number of grizzlies and humans that could overlap in time and space.
The delisting of the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear is imminent and this we should celebrate (‘’’’dancing’’’’). Now that our happy dance is complete, we must insure the grizzlies’recovery is permanent. To insure “continuity of achievement,” the grizzlies need a firewall to protect the success of this achievement from human foible.
Books with ties to national parks are too numerous to count. But we did receive a fair number in 2015, and found many of them worth your while. Let's take a look back through Traveler's Fireside Reads for 2015.
For many visitors to Yellowstone National Park, and especially those at Mammoth Hot Springs, the photograph of soldiers in old-fashioned uniforms standing with their heavily loaded bicycles on the white travertine formations of Minerva Terrace has become an iconic image.