|US Forest Service Photo|
So that leaves a bit of a problem. And with the very mild Winter we had, a perfect storm is brewing as pointed out in this quote from the U.S. Forest Service:
"Hungary bears, human bathers and thawing cow carcasses aren't a good mix"
No doubt. The Forest Service is also concerned about contamination into the Hot Springs. Makes sense. They took some water samples for testing so we'll see.
But the thing is, they can't actually 'close' the Hot Springs. They can put signs up, but they can't man the place or very well enforce it's vacancy. Hopefully they just need to shut down temporarily for the cleanup and people will do the smart thing.
Now about that cleanup. That's the head scratcher. With just a single track trail and no motorized vehicles allowed (not that anything but a dirt bike could get up there in the summer anyway, and it's too late for snowmobiles) hauling them down out of there is just not an option. Okay, so what are the options? These are the three being talked about:
- Dynamite the carcasses. I'm not so sure about this one, I think the Ski Patrol Avalanche Team is just getting a bit excited to use their explosives. Besides, just imaging the friggin mess. No wait, don't imagine that, let's move on.
- Burn them. The Forest Service actually took samples of the cabin (a few of them apparently made it into the building itself) to see if it has asbestos. If not, then trying a controlled burn seems reasonable.
- Clean up some chainsaws, grease them with cooking oil, go up there and have a big time BBQ party. This would be the best use of the meat of course, but with potentially 29 cows up there you would literally need to have a thousand person BBQ. And this is just not the locations for that.