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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Hiking Bob

Re: “How many deer are too many?

Could we please stop beating this dead horse (dead deer?)! The vast majority of citizens have already voiced their opposition to City Council through letters and by their attendance at the previous City Council meetings on this topic. Measures to deal with traffic (speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving, etc.) are needed. Safe passage corridors are needed. Killing deer is not needed. The Pinecliff herd has dropped to a fraction of what it was 30 years ago. Many long term Westsiders also reported falling deer numbers in their neighborhoods at the last City Council deer-cull input meeting. Enough already. Educate the public about what to plant and what not to plant and how otherwise to live with deer and about driving with wildlife in mind and leave the deer alone!

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Posted by Dot1 on 02/02/2019 at 11:37 AM

Re: “How many deer are too many?

Both relocation and/or use of birth control methods should be considered better options than culling. Frequently culling results in more births of twins etc, thereby once again increasing the population. The Journal of Wildlife Management, determined that the "incidence of twinning was 38% on hunted herds and 14% on nonhunted sites."

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Posted by khawk on 02/02/2019 at 10:08 AM

Re: “How many deer are too many?

Volunteers in Utah has done successful relocations for $150 to $200 per deer. A similar project in British Columbia has been successful in controlling the urban deer populations with good survival of relocated deer. See lower right of this page for details.: http://www.deerfriendly.com/deer-population-control

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Posted by Kent Webb on 02/02/2019 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Why horses can poop on the trails but your dog can't, and a proposed nature center for the north end

Horse manure is made up of vegetation and decomposes into a fertilizer material rapidly. Dog poop on the other hand is composed of primarily meat products and does not decompose rapidly but just sits around.

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Posted by Bonnie Jo Ramsey-Kornfeld on 01/31/2019 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Why horses can poop on the trails but your dog can't, and a proposed nature center for the north end

Sound reasoning. Too bad we can't extrapolate: The food chain should have fewer constituents as it rises to the top. Apex predators should be the rarest of all.

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Posted by Huck Mucus on 01/30/2019 at 9:04 AM

Re: “Why horses can poop on the trails but your dog can't, and a proposed nature center for the north end

@XX YY, A certain female jogger was doing exactly what you suggested in Colorado Springs...

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Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 01/29/2019 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Why horses can poop on the trails but your dog can't, and a proposed nature center for the north end

Other wild animals that poop on Colorado Springs' trails: Birds, squirrels, deer, raccoons, snakes, an more. If dog owners are reluctant to pick up their dogs' poop then they might as well crouch down and take a dump themselves and leave it there for all to gaze upon and to step in.

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Posted by XX YY on 01/28/2019 at 1:05 PM

Re: “Re-Imagining Waldo Canyon holds first public meeting

The more I think about this project, the more I come to believe that if the access & parking issue isnt resolved up front, well be spinning our wheels!

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Posted by JAVH on 01/22/2019 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Iconic sites are closing due to irresponsible social media users, and Veterans Day free park access

This is unfortunately another example of our forest/park managers' philosophy that the easiest way to manage public lands is to eliminate the public.

Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 12/28/2018 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Iconic sites are closing due to irresponsible social media users, and Veterans Day free park access

I almost exclusively shoot film for this reason when hiking or looking for new places and I don't use a cell phone for pictures on my trips. Great article.

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Posted by Sean Reese on 11/13/2018 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Iconic sites are closing due to irresponsible social media users, and Veterans Day free park access

The link to the LNT social media guide is: https://lnt.org/blog/new-social-media-guid… . Sorry for the omission.

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Posted by Hiking Bob on 11/10/2018 at 5:00 AM

Re: “New trail and Intemann Trail re-route in Section 16 and Red Rocks Canyon

A map would be useful and a picture is worth more than a thousand words trying to describe a trail.

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Posted by rwgreene on 11/03/2018 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Reimagining Waldo Canyon, no more dogs at Palmer Lake reservoirs, and more outdoors news

Really need to start using cameras and shaming the lazy, selfish dog owners who cant be bothered to pick up after their animals.

Maybe an award such as Lazy Shit Of The Day on social networks.

Posted by Tim Downey on 09/30/2018 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

This article is inaccurate, or perhaps laws have changed since this article was written and today. I reviewed city of Colorado Springs ordinances, and that rule about rocks and arrows and airplanes has a part in it that is omitted at people or in a reckless manner. Not at all the same intent. Bottom line - FAA owns the airspace, you have to adhere to federal laws, not city laws, on what goes on in it. Best cities can do to restrict usage is say where you cant land or take off.

Itd be helpful if people like Bob had some middle ground. Leave your stinking drone at home basically means leave it in its box. Where would you fly it? Should we restrict bikes because they ride fast or dogs because I heard of someone who got bit? I know hikers who have disturbed wildlife so maybe Bob shouldnt be allowed to hike? Drones are coming/here. Help craft a solution instead of sticking your head in the sand and just saying no. Its all of our land and we all have a right to use it (appropriately).

I hope other readers of this article also realize how much research in understanding the law drone operators go through. I personally have contacted airports, hospitals (heliports), parks districts, and spent countless hours researching policy online to try to figure out where I can fly a two pound object that poses virtually no risk to anyone if I operate it correctly.

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Posted by Alex C on 09/21/2018 at 3:43 PM

Re: “Hiking the new Lake Moraine Trail

Glad to see you made it out Bob!

Posted by VazzedUp on 09/07/2018 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Hiking Crystal Trail in Green Mountain Falls; Lake Moraine and Dixon trails near completion; and Rainbow Falls to reopen

Looking forward to visiting rainbow Falls once it opens and enjoying the other beautiful trails as well

Posted by meghanred on 08/28/2018 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

Why don't we just make breathing against the law. Why let all that precious oxygen go to waste on humans when we could be saving the birds!

WAH. And by the way let's all worry about BOB and how he HATES to hear DRONE NOISE on his precious walks in the morning. After all this is all about what BOB hates.

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Posted by Sid Davis on 07/25/2018 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

I totally agree that there shouldn't be drones flying around in the National parks. It would be nice however if there were certain days or a special permit that could be obtained to do some aerial photography in certain areas of during of strictly regulated times or days. Ive seen loud motorcycles blasting through the forests. Hunting is also allowed. Nothing disturbs an animal more that someone hunting it.. Haha I do hunt too.

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Posted by Jared Kennedy on 07/08/2018 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Snowshoe basics to keep you on the trails this winter

MSR Lightning Ascents... my favorite snowshoes. Best I've seen for side sloping (walking across a steep slope, where poor snowshoes can let you slide sideways down the hill.

Posted by Katy Lynn Davis on 06/13/2018 at 8:32 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

I own a drone and plan on using it when and where I can. Im aware of National Park rules and consider the safety of wildlife a top Priority. What I dont care for are Bullies like Take a Hike Bob whos use of stinking this and that trys to belittle others by his purest views. Yes Bob theres a time and place but Ill decide when to leave the drone at home and do not need your advice. Just like you, the drone is a tool, one I find useful in photography and filming.

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Posted by WildWillyCO59 on 05/20/2018 at 5:05 PM

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