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  • Segways in the National Parks: Do We Really Need Them?   6 years 38 weeks ago

    They are more environmentally friendlier than cars and motorcycles. If they could be used in such a way to cut automotive congestion in the parks, I'm for it. Also, they would be a handy tool for park rangers in certain areas. The Chicago police department use them to patrol the city parks.

  • Segways in the National Parks: Do We Really Need Them?   6 years 38 weeks ago

    Segways, the conveyance of the future. That is all well and good. I can see ones with handicaps using such a vehicle to get around in. I understand that. But.....National Parks!!! Please. The object of a National Park and the reason so many of us go there is to see and experience the outdoors. Which means walking, using those 2 branches of the human body that the "Big guy upstairs" gave us. For so many people and so much of government agencies touting "health" and all that it can give us, why then would this be a good thing. Wouldn't this be a "step" backwards? A step mind you, not on wheels....which is the whole point isn't it?

  • Segways in the National Parks: Do We Really Need Them?   6 years 38 weeks ago

    No, no, no, no and no.

    "Perhaps there are places in the national park system where Segways make sense..." That'll be another no.

  • Segways in the National Parks: Do We Really Need Them?   6 years 38 weeks ago

    Allowing Segways in our National Parks is one of the dumbest ideas that ever came down the pike. Perhaps a case could be made for allowing disabled people to use them, in which case the Segways should be clearly marked as conveyances for the physically disabled. Being overweight and lazy should not be an acceptable excuse for using a Segway in a national park. If you want to lead the lardass parade -- in a park or anywhere else -- you should do it on foot.

  • About The National Parks Traveler   6 years 38 weeks ago

    mexico adventure wrote:

    a real vacation means exploring new countries and cultures

    I'll grant that this definition supports your business model well.

    But I think a more accepted definition is simply: ...a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation.

    Notice that it says "in travel -or- recreation."

    Most Americans are at this point are predominantly urban and suburban dwellers. I argue that an escape to a natural, undeveloped setting, such as a wilderness area of a national park, would be a sufficiently foreign experience as to profoundly broaden their understanding of the world around them. In contrast, most financially successful commercial tours to "foreign" countries wind up providing the traveler with the same kinds of civilized comforts that they've come to expect at home, which makes their "cultural experience" in that foreign country pointlessly superficial. To be fair, most tourist trips which stick to the developed areas of U.S. national parks could also be seen as pointlessly superficial.

    (Editors: I realize that my and mexico adventure's comments are way off topic for this thread, and I would not object to the deletion of both.)
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  • Segways in the National Parks: Do We Really Need Them?   6 years 38 weeks ago

    Please do not allow segways in parks- thanks

  • Lynx, Long Sought in Yellowstone National Park, Is Caught on Film   6 years 38 weeks ago

    Bryan,

    Since 2000 the Canada lynx has been recognized as a threatened species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In November 2006 the agency identified areas of critical habitat for the lynx around Voyageurs National Park, Glacier National Park, and North Cascades National Park, but none around Yellowstone.

    That said, under their threatened status lynx may not be hunted or trapped in the Lower 48.

    Kurt

  • Lynx, Long Sought in Yellowstone National Park, Is Caught on Film   6 years 38 weeks ago

    Intentionally killing 18 lynx during the winter of 1971-72 was a pretty sorry thing to do, but the size of the trapper take implies that there was a respectable population of lynx in the area back in the early 70s. Road kill can also be interpreted this way. There are lots of dead possums, raccoons, and foxes along the roads in our community. It's sad to see this carnage, but it couldn't happen if there weren't lots of possums, raccoons, and foxes living in this area. It's a good bet that these species are replacing their losses, too, since the road kill count doesn't seem to have changed much in recent years.

  • Lynx, Long Sought in Yellowstone National Park, Is Caught on Film   6 years 38 weeks ago

    Are there any protections that can be granted if this individual has naturally recolonized to the area? Are lynx threatened or endangered outside of the park boundaries?

  • About The National Parks Traveler   6 years 38 weeks ago

    I would recommend a national park vacation for old people of families for camping but a real vacation means exploring new countries and cultures

  • Death Valley's Bobcats Likely Lured In By Poor Food Handling at Inn   6 years 38 weeks ago

    You hear it all the time: "Don't feed wild animals!". They tend to come back again and again. Free food is an enticement for them. Also, with the advancement of new communities and new properties being built, there's less and less land for wildlife to live in. It's a shame that humans have become such greedy land-grabbers. We need more protected land for our country's wildlife.

  • Lynx, Long Sought in Yellowstone National Park, Is Caught on Film   6 years 38 weeks ago

    You say-Things weren't always so bleak for lynx in Wyoming. During the winter of 1971-72 trappers came out of the Wyoming Range with 18 lynx-you call that not so bleak what the trappers did not kill the loggers did. This is why our earth with its natural wild life is disappearing is due to crap like this. If logging, trappers and etc keep up their activity in the Rain Forest do you think you can also state "Things weren't so bleak for the Rain Forest at that time they had......"
    This remark is sad.

  • 2007 Visitation Across National Park System Projected To Rise   6 years 38 weeks ago

    The 7,000 difference is only over 1992, the highest level to date. In recent years, unlike most of the park's history, visitation actually leveled off and even declined somewhat (after progressing upward for a long time.)

    Over last year, the rise in visitation was significant. In fact, it was 9.8%.

    Here are the last three years.

    2006 - 2,870,293
    2005 - 2,835,649
    2004 - 2,868,316

    Local tourist officials in gateway towns are speculating the increase is due to a large increase in international visitors that has resulted from the weak dollar.

    Jim Macdonald
    The Magic of Yellowstone
    Yellowstone Newspaper
    Jim's Eclectic World

  • Assateague Island National Seashore Rangers Troll Internet For Big Catch   6 years 38 weeks ago

    She tried to blow it off on the site where she posted it. Later that day she posted that the fish "went back for a swim to grow up". Yeah after she got caught.

  • Assateague Island National Seashore Rangers Troll Internet For Big Catch   6 years 39 weeks ago

    WOW big striper cop worried about one undersized fish when the big boats and gill netters rape the bay and ocean's .what a joke!

  • Assateague Island National Seashore Rangers Troll Internet For Big Catch   6 years 39 weeks ago

    she knew where to post it so she know shomething about the fish she just got caught

  • 2007 Visitation Across National Park System Projected To Rise   6 years 39 weeks ago

    Good catch, anon. Not sure what I was thinking.

    Kurt

  • 2007 Visitation Across National Park System Projected To Rise   6 years 39 weeks ago

    "In fact, Yellowstone was so popular in 2007 that it set an attendance record, with 3,151,342 visitors, an increase of nearly 10 percent over 2006 levels and nearly 40,000 visitors above the previous record of 3,144,405 counted in 1992."

    Not to nitpick, but isn't that a difference of less than 7,000?

    Still, its great that so many folks are having the opportunity to visit Yellowstone.

    I won't ask the question of how much is too much, though.

  • About The National Parks Traveler   6 years 39 weeks ago

    Hi, I just stumbled onto your site by accident. Great site!!! Since I've been a road tripper for the past several years, I've logged miles on my truck visiting many different National Parks, Monuments, etc. From the little I've seen so far, great going guys. I've bookmarked you so I'll be sure to be back. Good information, I love it. thanks.....

  • Assateague Island National Seashore Rangers Troll Internet For Big Catch   6 years 39 weeks ago

    by not knowing the law is stupid i think it is sad to brag about a fish that small. end of story

  • Groups Sue Cape Hatteras National Seashore Over ORV Traffic   6 years 39 weeks ago

    Well, I've been to Cape Hatteras and I didn't see what was up there in the picture, all those vehicles. But unlike those guys in the vehicles. I prefer to walk out to the beach, I don't particularly enjoy taking my 4x4 out on the beach as sand can be not so nice to my truck. But then that's just me. As for wildlife, turtles and such, which by the way and not that anyone cares, but turtles happen to be my favorite. Back to the point. How much does one get to observe and enjoy while in an OVR. There great for getting from point A to point B, but how much wildlife and beach can you enjoy if you are sitting in one? But hey, i'm just part of joe q. public that enjoys absorbing the outdoors, while outdoors, not from inside a vehicle. Exercise is fantastic.....

  • Is The National Park Service Protecting Its Heritage in Santa Fe?   6 years 39 weeks ago

    I live in Ohio. I have been to many of our National Parks, Monuments, etc. Why on earth would you want to close down a historic place. Do you not understand that this is a piece of our history? Do you not know what will happen if this is NOT kept up? Pretty soon, and we can say within the next 20/30 years, if not sooner. There will be a next generation going into the area to "uncover" what this place was, what it stood for, what it entails. Please people. Why is it so hard to actually keep up what made us in the first place. Can you trace your heritage? How far back can you go? Somewhere, somehow we need to preserve these places of our heritage. If we can pay these gentlemen of sports millions of dollars a season, which is NOT a full 365 days a year, why is it so hard to find the money to keep up part of our life history? Just because it is easy, doesn't mean it is better!!!

  • Assateague Island National Seashore Rangers Troll Internet For Big Catch   6 years 39 weeks ago

    Did anyone ever think the lady thought she was right, Agreed she broke the law and must pay the penalty but I don't think she could have been fool enough to brag, with a picture, if she thought she was in violation.

  • Bobcats Attack Two at Death Valley National Park   6 years 39 weeks ago

    Besides not commenting on what the woman was doing before her hands got scratched, the article failed to mention the resort employee's treatment of one cat. We were in Furnace Creek during one of the sitings that week. We witnessed twelve male employees surrounding a tree where a bobcat was and going three feet or so up to it with mace and spraying it. The cat eventually made it to a grove surrounding the resort and didn't move much for 4 hours, suggesting the mace had significantly harmed the cat. The attack one or two days later on the employee who was reported to be smoking did not mention another witness' account that that the smoker had had a soda beverage in his hand. The cat might interpreted the soda as mace and attacked the smoker in an attempt to preemptively protect itself from injury.

  • Bobcats Attack Two at Death Valley National Park   6 years 39 weeks ago

    This posting should be titled "When French Fry Crazed Bobcats Strike!"

    A reminder to all that people are NEVER going to stop feeding wildlife, no matter how many signs, interpretive concepts, brochures, warning videos, etc. you put. Maybe I am too cynical, but in all reality, people want that connection to wildlife. The Parks will always have visitors who do what they want, despite common sense and conditioning against their behaviors that have negative impacts.