Yosemite Bear Development
Mike Montoya (mmm@IMS.MARIPOSA.CA.US)
Tue, 27 Aug 1996 22:41:24 -0700
A fellow scouter in the Yosemite area was speaking to someone connected to
the criminal investigation arm of Yosemite National Park today, and called
me this evening to tell me of the conversation. It seems that although,
since it is an ongoing investigation and this person declined to get too
specific, the scout leaders were cited for improperly storing food AND
leaving trash around, in addition to the citations for killing the bear.
The bad thing about all this is that this person made the statement that
since they have so much more trouble with BSA groups as opposed to other
organizations in the Park, they are considering instituting a policy where
all BSA groups entering the Park will have to go through a special
permitting process which will require a training session with a scouting
When I heard this, lots of things went through my mind. First, where is
this information coming from? Is this merely a statistical glitch: are
there simply more incidents because there are more Scouts? Are we being
Or do we have a problem? In our troop, every time we go into bear habitat
(almost every campout) we have a bear-bag hanging session, and if they don't
get it right (too close to the tree trunk, not high enough, etc.) they do it
til they get it right. Obviously, this isn't universal.
One thing that worries me is that some of the leaders that I've run into in
the past, will try to circumvent this policy of special requirements for BSA
units by not claiming any affiliation with BSA when applying for wilderness
permits. What will this do (if anything) to the protection of the tour permit?
Anyway, if this policy goes through, I guess there will be another volunteer
scouting position opening up in the Yosemite Area. Scout/Bear Liasson .
Mike Montoya, ASM, Troop 94 firstname.lastname@example.org
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