RURAL REFLECTIONS Into the Wild
I have been watching a documentary this week on the Public Broadcasting System titled, “The National Parks; America’s Best Idea.” I hope you’ve been watching it with me as it i... Posted on 9/30/09 at 1:36 PM
Following a surge in recent days, it doesn’t appear the partial government shutdown will have any type of lasting effect on Wall Street. Main Street, however, has been feeling some financial pain from the shutdown, which began Oct. 1, especially in pockets of the Western U.S. that depend on tourism dollars from destinations like national parks.
The recent “Python Challenge” in the Florida Everglades might have dominated the creepy critter headlines, but the Maryland Department of Natural Resources again this year is offering incentives for anglers to catch snakeheads.
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The elk reduction effort began in 2010, when officials estimated the park herd at more than 1,200 animals. Superintendent Valerie Naylor says National Park Service staff and nearly 400 volunteer shooters the past two falls have removed 868 elk. Officials counted only 138 elk within the park's South Unit during an aerial survey in January.
The dolls of John Wilkes Booth with a handgun, which had sold well, were removed from shelves on Saturday, a day after a reporter for Hanover, Pa.'s The Evening Sun newspaper asked about them, officials said.
DNA tests show the bear that killed California hiker Brian Matayoshi in July fed on Michigan hiker John Wallace with one of her cubs in August, and evidence of two other bears in the area where Wallace's body was found much farther away — 65 feet and 492 feet from the body. The report indicates there is no "clear evidence" to identify the bear that attacked and killed Wallace.
Parks Canada has issued a request for proposals for tests in Riding Mountain National Park citing a "serious threat" to the livestock industry. The park in western Manitoba is home to just over 2,000 elk and officials estimate about four per cent are infected with the contagious respiratory illness.
More than 30 environmental laws would be waived and the Department of Homeland Security would be allowed to build roads, erect fences, set up monitoring equipment and use vehicles to patrol public lands within 100 miles of the Mexican and Canadian borders, according to proposed legislation in the House. No current plans exist to build such infrastructure, but a border-long environmental assessment is being completed to expedite such plans if needed in the future.
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