Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Thu, 15 Jun 1995 17:42:00 MST
We had one of our scouts written up in Boy's Life about a year ago for a
rescue from a black bear attack in our council'ss camp in the Chricahua
National forest. The camp is no longer used by BSA but the public still
uses the area (It is National Forest Land) and the bears are still a
problem. One ranger gives a description something like what follows:
We are having a lot of Vans smashed in this area. There bears have gotten
particulariary good aat getting into Ford Vans. First they look to see if
there is an ice chest like box inside (Yogi likes Picnic baskets, these
bears like ice chests - this is an editors observation). Then they go to
the front of the van, put a paw on the corner of windshield and POP goes
the windshield. Starting in the front of your van they go for the ice
chest, usually exiting via the back door which they force open.
From what I understand, the one tow truck operator in Wilcox who is
willing to drive all they way to get vehicles daamaged by bears charges a
faairly high price.
I can believe this story because when we went to Summer camp there in 1991
(the year before the bear attack) we could hear the bears trying to get at
the garbage in the cage. The cage was a steel caged traailer where we put
our trash. Every night it was moved out of camp and down the road to
discourge the bears from wandering around camp after they could not get
into the cage.
Chris Haggerty, District Advancement Chairman,
Cochise District, Catalina Council, Sierra Vista, Arizona
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