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    Author(s): Claire C. McGrath
    Date: 2006
    Source: American Currents. Winter: 20-24.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    For four years during graduate school, I obtained a permit to conduct fisheries research in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. The permit always stipulated, "Research shall be conducted out of the sight and sound of park visitors." I never understood the reason for this rule. Perhaps visitors might consider my research methods harsh. (Certainly the fish - captured by electrofishing and regurgitating their gut contents for the benefit of science - would think so.) Perhaps seeing a researcher at work, deep in the backcountry, would interfere with a visitor's nature experience. A reason for the provision was never given, so I can only guess.

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    McGrath, Claire C. 2006. A rule made to be broken: Research and education in Rocky Mountain National Park. American Currents. Winter: 20-24.


    fisheries research, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, park visitors

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