Weekly incidents: Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks

In Sequoia and Kings Canyon, the majority of deer fawns are born in June and July. It is possible that during this time of year, fawns will be encountered.
Park visitors are reminded to not interfere if they see a fawn that seems to be alone or abandoned. People see fawns alone and may try to help them. But the doe usually isn’t far off, waiting to return to feed her newborn fawn. 
Adult deer can be easily detected by predators due to their scent and size. Does will spend extended periods away from their fawns to disassociate their scent from the fawn and keep them safe from predators.
People who think they are helping usually are removing fawns from the mother’s care. Improper care of wildlife will usually lead to their death. If concerned about a hurt or potentially abandoned animal, make a report to rangers but never touch or remove a wild animal. A citation will be waiting.


July 8, 2019: A 32-year-old female from Orlando, Fla., was reported to be actively seizing in her vehicle 2 miles north of the Wuksachi junction. She was assessed and transported by ambulance to the hospital by EMTs/rangers.
Mineral King
July 10: Rangers received a report of a male who was backpacking in the Mineral King area who was vomiting and unable to keep any food down. Before rangers could mount a rescue, the subject was assisted out to the trailhead by his hiking party.
High Sierra
July 8: A 35-year-old male fell on a section of ice and snow near the summit of Mt. Whitney, injuring his ankle. The subject could not bear weight on the ankle and called Inyo County Sheriff Office on a cell phone. The park helicopter evacuated the subject to Southern Inyo Hospital in Lone Pine.
July 9: A 54-year-old male hiking the John Muir Trail experienced severe back pain while hiking near Guitar Lake. A ranger responded and spoke with the individual, who refused to be medically evaluated. He was advised to rest and recuperate and re-contact the NPS if he did not improve. On July 11, he contacted the park and stated that he was not improving. Another ranger responded and conducted an assessment. The subject was flown to Ash Mountain where he was transported to the hospital by ambulance.
North Fork
Marijuana interdiction— Rangers working with state Fish and Wildlife closed a longstanding suspicious activity case in the North Fork area. Two suspects were arrested for weapons and drug charges.


Grant Grove
July 14: Rangers were called out early Sunday morning after a person called Park Dispatch to report that they had collected a deer found along the Generals Highway. A ranger met the person at Big Stump Picnic Area and discovered they were in possession of a fawn that was unable to move its back legs either due to an injury or illness. It had been found along the road and presumably hit by a vehicle. The Good Samaritan was not cited but instructed to not move wildlife in the future. The fawn was euthanized.

Leave fawns alone so they may reunite with their mother.

Sierra Crest
July 9: Park Dispatch received a secondhand report after dark of a 16-year-old male who was suffering a loss of consciousness and possible altitude illness near Bullfrog Lake. Early the next morning, a wilderness ranger/EMT responded from Vidette Meadow and eventually was able to find the Scout group on the upper Kearsarge trail. A park medic responded with the park helicopter, and the patient and a guardian were transported to the west side to a ground ambulance.
July 12: A wilderness ranger/EMT treated a 75-year-old man who had fallen while crossing Darwin Creek. The man suffered an injury to his left hand and his ring finger was angulated about 45 degrees toward his thumb. Medical Control advised to not attempt any reduction of the injury due to the likelihood of an underlying bone fracture. Due to the numerous snowfields and creek crossings on the man’s route out of the wilderness, he was unable to safely continue on his solo trip. A park medic responded with the park helicopter and transported the man to Bishop where he was transferred to a ground ambulance.
July 14: A 38-year-old female solo hiking the John Muir Trail fell while crossing a creek, injuring her knee. She triggered her SPOT device after the knee did not feel better after a night’s rest. The LeConte wilderness ranger/EMT responded and evaluated the woman. The park’s helicopter evacuated the woman to Bishop where she was transferred to a ground ambulance.
Cedar Grove
July 8-11: Cedar Grove provided fireline medic coverage for the Sherman Prescribed Burn in Lodgepole.
July 11: Rangers responded to Sentinel Campground for a report of a 40-year-old male who fell and punctured his leg on a stick. The patient was treated and self-transported to the hospital.
July 11: Ambulance 4 and Grant Grove park medics responded to Sentinel Campground for a 59-year-old female with a hypoglycemic emergency. She was transported with Advanced Life Support care to a rendezvous ambulance in Grant Grove.

Revenue and Fee Management Branch

June 2019 visitation:
Kings Canyon: 90,612 recreation visits, a -3.18% decrease from June 2018.
Sequoia: 153,882 recreation visits, a -1.38% decrease from June 2018.
Year-to-date visitation:
Kings Canyon: 251,492 total visitors YTD, a -7.8% decrease from June 2018.
Sequoia: 504,116 total visitors YTD, a -4.7% decrease from June 2018.


Week of July 8-14:  There were 288 incidents that required assistance for all the parks that use the SRCC. Pinnacles NP (5), WhiskeyTown Recreation Area (10), Channel Islands NP (9), Sequoia NP (154), and Kings Canyon (110).

Wilderness Branch

 The Wilderness Office is fielding 5 to 10 requests each day for wilderness permit reservation cancellations or changes. Visitors are citing the detailed condition and hazard information they are receiving on the parks’ website, social media, or over the phone as the reason for the changes.

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