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Seems kind of funny that the closure dates never change, and the closure area stays the same too.
Moral of the Story - STOP REPORTING BEAR SIGHTINGS TO THE PARK RANGERS
I ask the same question every year. What is the actual number of bear sightings that the Park is made aware of that triggers a trail closure? What is the empirical data of bear activity that must be observed that re-opens a trail? Or do they simply listen to some progressive indoctrinated college graduate that saw a bear once for his opinion of when bear closures should be enacted?Why, you may ask, does this idiot on the internet complain about the closures every year? Because you asked, I would remind everyone that the peregrine falcon closure continues year, after year, after year. And if you delve into the park's own rules, they are suppose to reevaluate this specific closure to insure it is still needed. Now, have you ever seen the re-evaluation taken place? Is there any data available that is used to support the closure of half the South Rim EVERY year? Or has the closure simple become accepted, and the Park is able to keep all of us dirty campers out of that part of the park every year, and we all accept that ruling? Seems kind of funny that the closure dates never change, and the closure area stays the same too.Will these bear closures become the same thing?
And I think that the way that this closure has been justified is notably different than in previous years in that it's about protecting the bears rather than being overprotective of people.
According to Superintendent Bob Krumenaker, "During this period of heightened bear activity, we want to ensure the safety of both park visitors and the bears. This is a wildlife sanctuary, so we'll give bears the space they need until they're finished feeding in this area. We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of park visitors, despite the inconvenience."
Is it possible to have too many bear in a relatively small "mountain island" environment like the Chisos?
I am curious about the bear carrying capacity of the Chisos. I am very pleased about the bear come-back, and especially pleased that "Life found a way" to restore the bear population without the dubious help of bureaucracies. I fear, however, that life might be finding to great a way. Is it possible to have too many bear in a relatively small "mountain island" environment like the Chisos?
East Texas once had a thriving bear population and such must be natural habitat for black bear. Why not use East Texas as bear overflow?
One must keep in mind parks are not the high-function natural ecosystems the NPS wants to pretend they are.
QuoteOne must keep in mind parks are not the high-function natural ecosystems the NPS wants to pretend they are.A point forcefully made 30 years ago by Alston Chase:https://www.amazon.com/Playing-God-Yellowstone-Destruction-Americas/dp/0156720361/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1540003183&sr=8-6&keywords=alston+chase
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