I like to camp and trap in remote areas of the park, mostly to monitor wildlife, especially coyote. EnCon and rangers gave me a ticket for doing this. I need extra extended permits boats and equipment to do this year-round.
I'm only allowed one permit during hunting season -- Sept. 17 - Dec. 15; then must remove tent and gear, but trapping season continues to April 15. Then I'm allowed only three days camping; then must remove all gear.
This makes it impossible to camp in remote areas. I feel I did nothing wrong, only doing what my ancestors did for 100 years. Trappers don't harm the environment in any way with their tents. I'm asking the governor, EnCon and rangers why can't I get extended permits?
Do you know coyotes have almost wiped out the beaver population in remote areas? Coyotes are coming into towns for food and pets, mostly due to less deer in wilderness.
EnCon and APA are promoting new trails, more lean-tos, more tourists and snowmachines, better roads to access wilderness but I can't get an extended permit to camp. This doesn't make sense.
It's almost over for me. I'm asking for other people so they won't be treated like criminals when they camp.
In the service they taught me first shelter, fire and food. I need these to camp in remote areas.
I feel trappers care the most for the park and animals yet we are most restricted from it. I would welcome rangers to check my campsite anytime.
Lewis N. Page Sr.