At this point the leader of the group told Cogan that he was a member and an official of The RMEF. As far as he was concerned his membership dues and donations had helped buy the property and he had every right to be there. He told Cogan that they had been over the controversy repeatedly with The RMEF leadership in Missoula, and that he and his party were not going to leave, at which point Cogan reportedly told him to enjoy his evening. He also inquired of Cogan as to why he singled him out for attention when there were numerous riders and several other persons on foot in the meadows also. Cogan reportedly said that this would be addressed in the near future by the St. Marys Chapter of The RMEF. According to the RMEF member, Cogan indicated that he had "dignitaries" with him. He also allegedly made the usual statement to the effect that the public should bear with them, and in a year the area would be open for the world to see.
This raised important questions such as what was Cody Cogan's authority in the situation? Why was he authorized to have quests there, while it was wrong for other RMEF members and family to be in the area? How is the RMEF going to address the problem with riders in the fields, if the RMEF has withdrawn from the project.
He may have been reflexively responding to a tense situation, with answers tailored to a situation in which his father was in complete control of the property, but at this point that reign was ending, unless Rawley Cogan was appointed by The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, to continue spearheading the project.
At this point it appears likely that Mr. Cogan will continue to be involved with the project, according to an editorial by Jeff Mulhollem in the October 9, 2009 edition of Pennsylvania Outdoor News.