Re: Article on Bear Death
Mike Montoya (mmm@IMS.MARIPOSA.CA.US)
Sun, 18 Aug 1996 23:13:38 -0700
At 10:19 AM 8/18/96 -0800, Doug Gentry wrote:
>Philmont does a good job of training crews to bag their "bear bait" and
>smellables, but Philmont bears are novices compared to Yosemite bears.
>Yosemite bears know every trick about bear bags, and even send smaller
>kamikaze bears to jump from trees, grab suspended food bags, and fall to
>I feel for the Scouts, the leaders, and the parents, and of course still
>don't know the whole story, but I thought it important for this perspective
>to get out.
I second this, Doug. When we were at Philmont last month being instructed
on how to hang our food to keep it away from the bears, we all had a good
laugh. They are teaching 1950's Yosemite technology. The bears even
discovered last summer the precise point to wallop the top of a VW bug to
make the doors pop open.
I live about 30 mile from the valley and we used to get some of these bears
dropped in our area, and they were a lot of trouble. Since they don't do
this anymore, getting in trouble is usually the death sentence for these guys.
Spending a lot of time in Yosemite as we do, I am continually amazed at the
blatant disregard for the laws ansd regulations posted all over the park.
Three summers ago, while doing one day Half Dome trip via the Panorama
Trail, I saw a family group hand feeding some deer not 20 yards from a sign
telling them not to do this, and that deer kill more park visitors than
bears do. (I think the score is 1 to 0). I told the parental units that
they were endangering the lives of their children and got looks from them
like I was deranged. Yes, they were Americans.
Mike Montoya, ASM, Troop 94 email@example.com
"I used to be ...Faster, Lighter, & Less Gray!"
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