The AP story I read missed the whole point, that the police were actually handing out citations for mooning. They handed out 8. They were $125 fines. I'm looking for a link to a relative news story. In the meantime, here's a quote from VFTT'r Waumbek:
""Cheeky hikers moon Cog"
No, not today, a bit cold for that. This is the title of an article by Edith Tucker in current Salmon Press North Country newspapers. It answers some questions about jurisdiction--state police vs. USFS--raised in the long September '07 thread, "mooning the cog train on Washington." I cannot link to the article because it is accessible to subscribers only, so below is a paragraph-by-paragraph paraphrase, which does not infringe upon copyright. I am always fascinated by the interest in this subject and the culture clash it represents, and I'm equally interested in the fact that this stale news is running two months late, in mud season, or is it running late in mud season because of the subject?
"Cheeky hikers moon Cog" paraphrase:
1. Near Skyline Switch on two weekends at the zenith of tourist season, late August and early September, a special detail of NH state police from Troop F apprehended hikers who mooned the Cog.
2. Undercover NH state police, disguised as hikers, gave out federal [sic]summonses to several mooners. [See paragraph 8 below for state-federal matter.]
3. Disorderly conduct summonses were given out on the first weekend.
4. On the second weekend, public nudity summonses were given out
5. Demographics of those who were summoned: all men but one, most were AT hikers, some were AMC members.
6. Cases are now being processed in federal court.
7. Cog owners complained about the problem to police and USFS/WMNF.
8. USFS is able to hire and reimburse off-duty state police by means of a
"cooperative law enforcement program."
9, 10. Problem has been growing. Parents don't like it; retirees don't like it; cog employees don't like it.
11. Hiking websites and AT blogs have spread the word about undercover police and the summonses for mooners, and police hope that this will stop the activity next summer.
End of paraphrase."
Indecent exposure/public nudity puts you on the sex offender list. Next they'll be after hikers peeing in the woods. For anyone that doesn't believe this is happening:
You can go to:
in the Q&A New England section of the forum look for " Mooning the cog train on Washington" thread started 9/6/07.