Half Dome – Yosemite Musing
A couple of months ago Congress approved firearms being in National Parks. Well it’s happened. At Denali Park in Alaska, 2 backpackers met up with a grizzly. The man pulled out his.45 caliber semi-automatic pistol when they heard a noise coming from the brush.
When the bear emerged from the thicket and ran toward the other hiker, he fired nine rounds in its general direction. The bear stopped, turned, and walked back into the brush, where it quickly disappeared from view. They told the authorities and late in the afternoon rangers found the dead bear. This is the first known instance of a grizzly bear being shot by a visitor in the wilderness portion of the park. At Yosemite there have been 41 bear incidents so far this year with damages totaling $10,000. One bear has been killed by a car. Last year 26 bit the big one from high velocity impacts. Slow down when driving and while hiking wear bells and try anti-bear spray not lead slinging.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Slow down, you move too fast. You got to make the morning last.” – Simon & Garfunkle
*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com