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Statistics: Posted by Absarokanaut — Sat Aug 11, 2018 11:09 am
Statistics: Posted by lah — Sat Aug 11, 2018 10:45 am
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Statistics: Posted by pugman170 — Sat Aug 11, 2018 9:12 am
Statistics: Posted by DinoRos — Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:49 am
We would love to come for a visit sometime. Maybe we could hike that trail near your place.
Bill and Karen
Statistics: Posted by billandkaren — Fri Aug 10, 2018 10:22 pm
Statistics: Posted by mdtrot — Fri Aug 10, 2018 2:44 pm
The Derby Fire took out our family cabin in 2006 and it almost took out our home in Nye(just upstream from the cabin). The Derby was a small 5-acre fire when it started but it ultimately consumed over a quarter million acres of forest land and destroyed several private homes and outbuildings. The fire started on 8/22/06 (the date is imprinted on my memory) and wasn't under control until mid October. Right now, I think your new place should be OK . But I also know from personal experience that you can never underestimate the power, unpredictability and potential destruction of a wildfire, since a wildfire has a tendency to generate it's own weather. The good news is that regional fire fighters have been jumping on fires immediately rather than letting 'em burn ever since the Derby Fire hit our area. But I did want to give you a heads up just in case you weren't aware of the Bacon Rind Fire.
Here's the link where you can monitor the progress and status of the Bacon Rind fire: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/article/5992/45352/. Looks like there's going to be a public meeting for West Y. residents fairly soon to update them on the status of the fire. The official Yellowstone website also has a link to all the active fires in the Park.
Lastly, I want you to know that you have an open invitation to come for a visit if you're ever in the Nye area during the summer. Just need a little notice so I can make sure that we'll be home to greet you. Safe journeys!
Statistics: Posted by yellvet — Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:40 am
We also recognize that even if you do all the right things, there is an element of risk while hiking in bear country. We have seen tracks and scratch trees before, but it was the first time we actually saw a bear on the trail. We have discussed this and have decided that for us, it is worth the small amount of risk involved to be able to see this beautiful country and experience the awe that can only be felt in these wild places.
Sounds like you live in a beautiful area. Our primary home is in Colorado but we purchased a little fixer-upper place just over the Idaho border from West Yellowstone a couple of years ago. We have really enjoyed getting acquainted with the trails in the surrounding national forests, but recognize we are in bear country there as well.
Sorry but we did not get the name of the ranger. Maybe she was just a summer intern or something. We were concerned because there were a number of people we assume from the nearby campground who were on the trail asking about seeing the large bull moose that was further along the trail (that could have been a potential danger as well. It was huge and very lose to the trail). There were mothers with smaller children and a group of three boys that seemed to be by themselves in the 10-12 year-old range. Some of these people were not dressed for hiking and were certainly not carrying bear spray. A major part of the resonsibility lies with these people and the parents who did not recognize the risk in taking to the trail unprepared. But it is also the rangers' job to try and protect the ignorant.
Statistics: Posted by billandkaren — Thu Aug 09, 2018 2:31 pm
Statistics: Posted by BeartoothTucker — Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:45 am
Hikers AND rangers need to remember that all bears are dangerous and unpredictable, they each have their own personality but can kill or injure people under any given set of circumstances. They might be hungry, they might have a tooth ache or maybe they're just being ornery and cranky because they're having a bad fur day. Ya just don't know.
You did the right thing, guys, by going to the ranger station and reporting your grizzly bear encounter on the trail. In doing so, you may have saved the life of another hiker or the grizzly bear or kept someone else or a child from being severely hurt. To a bear, a young child could easily be interpreted as being EZ prey and a meal, especially, if the griz was hungry. Did you get the name of the gal at the ranger station who blew you off? She should re reported to the Chief Ranger, immediately. If you'd rather not get involved at this point, I'd be happy to contact the appropriate ranger for you, on your behalf. Or I can call Kerry Gunther, the bear management specialist in Yellowstone. The gal's bear researcher boy friend may be keeping track of certain Glacier grizzly bears because of some of the brutal grizzly attacks that have happened in Glacier in the past. Doesn't matter, though. The way that gal treated you was wrong, it was totally inappropriate and certainly wasn't in the best interest of Glacier or the NPS. I realize that Yellowstone and Glacier are now entering the peak bear season because bears are entering their annual life stage called hyperphasia (pigging out before their winter hibernation). But this is all the more reason why both Parks should be viewing park visitors and hikers as valuable assets for better bear management and visitor safety and not as stupid idiots or public enemies. I'm truly very sorry that you were treated so rudely. But this is a misguided mindset that has plagued many park rangers (full time and seasonal) for a number of years. And you're not the only ones, either. Been there myself, more times than I'd like to remember. That's why it's important that you talk to or write the Chief Ranger about your grizzly encounter and how you were treated at the ranger station. Yellowstone requires all visitors to report a bear sighting. So Glacier probably does, too. So why were you treated so rudely? Could it be that the gal didn't want to "waste" her valuable time filling out a bear sighting report. "Well, tough noogies, Toots! Do your job and show your Park visitors some respect."
End of conversation.........
Statistics: Posted by yellvet — Wed Aug 08, 2018 6:06 am
Statistics: Posted by yellvet — Tue Aug 07, 2018 11:40 pm
Edit: I see on tonight's show that is not the case.
Statistics: Posted by mdtrot — Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:53 pm
Statistics: Posted by BeartoothTucker — Tue Aug 07, 2018 1:48 pm
Statistics: Posted by Hike Yellowstone — Tue Aug 07, 2018 9:30 am
More importantly, why on earth would anyone choose the month of August to broadcast a "live" show from the Park and the GYE if the primary focus was observing Yellowstone wildlife? August is probably the worst month of the year for observing wildlife in the GYE. Why? Because August weather in the GYE is very dry and HOT, which tends to drive most animals to the higher elevations to escape the heat. Showing wildlife footage that was shot from the road side by the Yellowstone Institute in the Lamar Valley (with cars driving and whizzing by) is hardly my idea of being in the wilderness. I suspect that other Yellowstone enthusiasts who watched Part 1, questioned that as well.
For those of you who saw the first part, did you notice how the gal in the helicopter kept saying that she wasn't able to spot any wolves? I wish that I would have counted the number of times that she and the ground photographer kept saying that they weren't seeing any wolves "at the moment" or that they must have just missed an animal or would check back later. I blame the show's producers and the technical crew for that because they, obviously hadn't done their homework or done any research on Yellowstone wildlife or where they normally would be, during the month of August. I almost felt sorry for the gal in the helicopter and the ground photographers. They must have been totally embarrassed, not to mention being humiliated, especially, when Nat Geo had touted them as being some of the best wildlife experts and photographers in the world. Ha!!
Yellowstone has always been a big draw that tends to increase a network's viewers and ratings. But IMO, Yellowstone Live was neither an honest or a well-produced show. So whether or not I'll I'll even waste my time watching the rest of the Yellowstone special remains to be seen. The entire production of the show was obviously done on the cheap. I've got a BA in Communications with a mass communications option. My hubby also worked in the media for over 20+ years (radio and television). We've also been going to Yellowstone together for over 30+ years. So we can say from our professional experience that you never ever do a live remote broadcast from the field unless your equipment is working flawlessly....And, you always have backup equipment with you in the event that any of your gear should fail (like the mics in Pt. 1 of the Nat Geo Yellowstone special). Did Nat Geo care? Obviously not, in light of what I saw. In fact, I bet many of our own forum members could have done a far better job and, probably, would have enjoyed contributing to the show (ie: providing GYE wildlife locations for specific animals and birds) based on their own personal knowledge of Yellowstone and the GYE wildlife coupled with their own professional photography and technical expertise.
On a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest rating, I rate last night's show a minus 10. Hopefully,the rest of the Yellowstone Live Special will be better, both technically and in content. At this point, all I can say is, "Shame on you, Natl Geographic. You could have and should have done a much better job!" For me, the Yellowstone Live special was a major flop. And, that's really too bad because the special could have been a huge boost to help promote Yellowstone and give global Nat Geo viewers an opportunity to see, up close, the power, magic and majesty of Yellowstone.
I'm pretty darn happy that Bob and Ray didn't see last night's show. Bob and Ray, you see, are my two most favorite Slough Creek bison bulls that I've photographed for several years. If they had seen last night's special, they'd likely be rolling around in a wallow down by the Creek right now, kicking up sand and snorting their disapproval of last night's Pt. 1 of the Yellowstone Live special.
Statistics: Posted by yellvet — Mon Aug 06, 2018 12:56 pm