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Old 06-07-18, 11:08 AM   #21
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The fire that swept through Gatlinburg and killed a fair amount of people was started by teenage kids flicking matches along the chimney tops trail in GSMNP.

I'd be willing to bet in hindsight they would have never done it. But at the time I guess there were no critical thoughts running through their minds. Last time we all thought it was PETA folks or whatever but it turned out to be kids messing around with moving valves.
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Old 06-07-18, 11:13 AM   #22
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http://www.mcdowellnews.com/news/thr...eac615a6c.html

This is the incident from April, 2015. I guess they weren't teenagers.
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Old 06-07-18, 04:19 PM   #23
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I think it is actually pretty obvious why someone would do this, they don't like stocked trout. That means someone that is a wild trout nut, and has an anarchistic streak.

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That crossed my mind. I just cant imagine a trout purist hatching a scheme like this, however much they may dislike stockers.

I used to camp in the area, closer to the swinging bridge, there were some characters up there. I'm gonna guess it was some really dumb kids or a really smart bear.
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Old 06-07-18, 04:35 PM   #24
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Old 06-07-18, 06:41 PM   #25
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This is pretty sickening we can all agree but pretty tame compared to the 1/4 million trout genocide that happens in the DH annually.
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Old 06-08-18, 01:13 PM   #26
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No big deal. We feed that many to the stripers via the Hooch DH every season.
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No big deal. We feed that many to the stripers via the Hooch DH every season.
As long as you dont consider being on the hook for a federal crime to be a big deal.
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Old 06-08-18, 02:29 PM   #28
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Never thought of it from the perps perspective. I am thinking of it from the taxpayers/ fisherman's perspective.
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Old 06-08-18, 02:48 PM   #29
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I find it ironic the disdain for the DH being shown here but that is an excellent point of comparison/contrast between the DH and this crime. All the assumptions of who is the guilty party though... jeez. Let the legal process handle that. Given the limited knowledge we have, check this thought out... the Hooch DH per year costs around $250,000/year(ESTIMATED based upon figures here) to have fish in it for six months. Marinate on that...
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Old 06-08-18, 02:53 PM   #30
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It befuddles me how anyone can brush this off as no big deal. This was a shameful criminal act regardless of the motivation and a grand waste of resources on many levels. I guess death is death at the end of the day. But I don't see how any one could find moral equivalence between how these fish died and fish being stocked in the DH for our fishing pleasure.
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