Surprised it hasn’t shown up here. Maybe an old story?
WestCoastPaddlers has a thread where they are dissecting this. Here are some articles on this from there:
Well, in defense of the paddlers, there is a large sign near the put in that says “Fine for padding”. I suppose they hoped for an optimistic interpretation…
“When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.”
Humpty Dumpty (Through the Looking Glass)
I breathed a sigh of relief that they were not charged with lewd acts upon wildlife.