Fatality at Big Bend National Park
Contact: Natasha Moore, 432-477-2802
On June 7, 2013, Michael O'Brien, age 25, of New Orleans, Louisiana, was found deceased near the Homer Wilson Ranch in Big Bend National Park. Mr. O'Brien had a permit for conducting geology research in the Sierra Quemada during the period of June 3 through 6. On the morning of June 7, he was determined to be overdue and a search was initiated by park rangers. Cause of death is yet to be determined.Big Bend National Park's staff is saddened by this loss of life, and extends their sympathies to the friends and family of Mr. O'Brien.
Did You Know?
In twelve years (1930-1942) preceding the establishment of Big Bend National Park, at the request of ranchers, an area game warden and a pilot trapped, shot, or poisoned 2,500 golden eagles. Today, the golden eagle, while a year-round resident, is rarely seen in the park. More...