Visitors to Yellowstone kill a baby bison.

baby bison

One less baby bison

Well, they didn’t pull the trigger, but they might have will done so. Yellowstone National Park officials had to euthanize a newborn bison that some morons put into the trunk of their car and drove it to a ranger station. This happened last week.

Why?  Oh, they thought it was cold.  Hey, don’t we all get cold??

The man and his son were identified as being foreign.

Once this cartoon played out, the park said the bison-ette would probably be rejected by its mother once it had been handled by humans. They could not turn it over to animal rescue as…well, it’s not a dog.

For wild animals, there is a process to go through to make sure no diseases are transmitted to healthy animals. There are no resources at Yellowstone to handle this.

It’s no excuse to say the foreigners could not read the signs that tell them the animals are wild and not to approach to approach or touch them.

Yellowstone is unlike Yosemite in that we don’t have bison. Most visitors see mule deer and that is about it. Yet, it’s not unusual for parents to tell little Tommy to stand near the cute Bambi for a photo. Yeah.  The only person ever killed at the park was a 6-year old boy. He was gored by the antlers of a deer that raised up while the boy fed him potato chips.

So now we have to watch out for intellectually challenged people scouring the woods looking for animals in trouble. Rangers better check SUV’s for contraband critters. You can’t take anything out of a national park. Leave the bison and deer alone. Don’t even take photos and leave footprints.

Idiots – Go to Africa and try and rescue a baby lion cub.  Go watch a movie.  Ipso facto sunt hominum. Nobis, nobis.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: 
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Half Dome trivia | Win a drink with these true facts!


Backside of Half Dome

1. After 1875 a rope with knots was used to get up to the top. This method was used until 1919. The cables have been up since 1919. They were funded by the Sierra Club. No one died off the cables when they are up for summer use until 2007. A total of three have; 2 weather related. The Nov ’06 and Apr ’07 deaths were on a wet rock when the cables were down.

2. In the 1920’s people actually DID clip off to the cables. A box at the bottom held them.

3. Hundreds of thousands of people have climbed the cables since 1919. Up to 80,000 a summer. Now with permit it’s closer to 40,000.

4. The 400′ granite rock steps just before the saddle/cables is known as Sub Dome – NOT Quarter Dome. It is really harder than the cables since the steps are narrow and there is nothing to grab on to. Use Hiking poles to provide stability. No deaths have occurred here.

5. Giardia will give you the runs. Lightning will kill you. Bears are bigger than you and have sharp teeth and claws. Falling off a 300 or 600 ft waterfall will kill you.

6. It will take more than one 12 oz bottle to hike 16 miles and ascend 4800 feet.

 Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun.  Shine on you crazy diamond. Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky. Shine on you crazy diamond.” Pink Floyd
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Yosemtie’s expert basket weaver honored

Julia Parker has been a fixture in the Yosemite Museum for decades. She sat on the platform in the back making MIWOK-type baskets daily. She is an expert. Now retired, she has donated baskets to such museums as the Smithsonian!

woman making baskets

Julia Parker at her station talking Indian stories

Recently  26 baskets were donated to the park by collector Elvira Ellie Nishkian.

The story: 

Julia Parker, a Kashia Pomo/Coast Miwok followed her future husband, Ralph Parker to Yosemite where they were married in 1948. In 1960, she began work as a demonstrator after Park Naturalist Doug Hubbard approached her about demonstrating weaving. Her career with the National Park Service spanned over half a century until she retired as a Master Interpreter and Indian Cultural Demonstrator in July of 2015. Julia Parker is a world renowned basket maker and during her time at Yosemite she shared the unique story of the Miwok people to countless visitors. Her work can be seen at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., Queen’s Museum at Windsor Castle, U.K., and at the Yosemite Museum. Julia Parker is a National Endowment of the Arts Fellow and has received an honorary doctorate from the California College of the Arts.

Carpe Diem!
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “I’m gonna raise a fuss.. I’m gonna raise a holler, ’bout workin’ all sumer jJust to try to earn a dollar. – The Who
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