Re: Bad BSA news on KGO
Ed Darrell (EDarr1776@AOL.COM)
Sun, 18 Aug 1996 02:50:25 -0400
Two points: First, we should not rush to conclusions. Below I paraphrase
the Reuter news story on the incident, which leaves much up in the air.
Second, combined with incidents around Tucson, Arizona, it would seem this is
a particularly bad year to fail to follow EXACTLY the guidelines on food
storage in areas where bears live. It is critical to follow the approved
procedures to the letter, all the time. Bears are looking for food in most
areas of the west, where drought has hurt them a lot.
I hope someone from California will keep us posted on actual news stories for
how this turns out.
Reuter's report said: Officials at Yosemite National Park opened a criminal
investigation after members of a Boy Scout group apparently stoned a bear cub
The Scout group camped in a wilderness area -- a mother bear and her
two cubs were attracted to the camp by food smells, some conjectured. One
cub was stoned to death, it appears -- it is not clear whether adults or
children took part. It is not clear whether the death was the result of
campers defending themselves.
Because bears are protected, in such an event park officials open
criminal investigations. The opening of an investigation does not mean a
criminal event has occurred. If the campers are found responsible in the
investigation they could face federal prosecution for destruction of
wildlife, and improper food storage.
The group had 15 people from Huntington Beach, CA, including adults
and boys "aged about 12 or 13. Two of the adults hiked out to report the
incident to the rangers.
The Reuter story is available on-line through several services, but for
copyright reasons I could not quote the entire story here. You may be able
to find other sources of news stories.
Ed Darrell, Duncanville, Texas
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City