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Re: [pct-l] Bear-Proof Bear Bag (Ursack)
- Subject: Re: [pct-l] Bear-Proof Bear Bag (Ursack)
- From: Brick Robbins <email@example.com>
- Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 08:55:07 -0700
At 08:19 AM 6/14/00 , Prosser,Douglas A wrote:
>Is there an actual approval process for the national parks for these items
>or can we use this or even home made bear canisters in these areas? Perhaps
>Brick could chime in since I recall you looking into the bear canister regs.
I spoke with a lawyer about this subject, and he said that it was his
understanding that the Gov't is not in the business of "approving" devices.
They issue specifications, and then the manufacturers, or other 3rd party
certification organizations test and certify the products, sometimes with
Gov't observing. As far as I can tell, there are no specs and there is no
formal approval procedure, just some biologists in SE/KI making informed
guesses. (At least as of late last year, when I last looked into it....)
I gave the lawyer some documentation I pried out of the USFS, and SE/KI and
he "guessed" that they were not in compliance with federal statutes, but
that challenging them would be long and expensive.
He suggested that a citation for using a "non approved" bear can would be
easy to fight based on the flawed approval procedure, but questioned if the
fight would be worth it, since the travel time to federal court in Fresno
would be so expensive. Cheaper just to pay the ticket.
All IMHO, IANAL, YMMV
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