If you are out backpacking make sure to have your bare tag and hunting license handy.
Hikers encounter pack of 'bares' at Md. park
June 24, 2008 - 10:17am
FREDERICK, Md. - Several hikers ran across eight bares last week in Gathland State Park.
A group of men between the ages of 40 and 60 reportedly disrobed and started walking along the trail, said Sgt. Ken Turner, a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources.
About 10:30 a.m. Friday, a man was in the park when he saw the men gathering near the Appalachian Trail. He then saw them hiking in nothing but their shoes, Turner said.
His wife reported the sighting to police about an hour later, Turner said. Officials did not release the name of the man or his wife.
A DNR officer went to the area and talked to at least three other hikers who claimed they also saw about 10 nude hikers on the trail, Turner said.
The officer soon found a group of 10 men, wearing clothes, and determined they had been hiking naked, Turner said.
The officer learned that two of those men kept their clothes on as they walked in front of the group, warning people eight naked men were about to pass them on the path, Turner said.
No charges were filed, Turner said, because the officer did not catch them hiking naked.
However, the officer issued warnings to eight of the men for disorderly conduct, Turner said. Had they been caught in the act, they could have been charged with indecent exposure, which carries a maximum $500 fine for first-time offenders.
Turner could not confirm such an event exists, but said he has heard of an unofficially proclaimed National Nude Hiking Day. He said park police and officials do not promoted such behavior.
"We do not find any humor in this," Turner said. "It is a family atmosphere."
(Copyright 2008 The Frederick News-Post. All rights reserved.)
If you are going to be bare in the woods make sure you at least have your false teeth in so you can fight back.
updated 5:58 p.m. ET, Tues., June. 24, 2008
PHOENIX - A mountain lion attacked, killed and partially ate a New Mexico man, authorities said on Tuesday.
A search party found the body of Robert Nawojski, 55, in a wooded area near his mobile home in Pinos Altos, New Mexico, late last week, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish said.
Investigators concluded that Nawojski had been attacked and killed by a mountain lion, or cougar, at a spot close to his home, where he lived alone and was known to bathe and shave outdoors.
Spokesman Dan Williams said the lion subsequently dragged the man's body a short distance into nearby woodland and ate and buried parts of it.
Nawojski was reported missing by his brother last week. A search party found a mountain lion lurking near his home and reported it to the Department of Game and Fish, which shot and wounded the animal.
After the lion ran off, the officer found the door to the mobile home open, the water running, and Nawojski's false teeth on the table.