Re: Bear Cub Death
Tim Goncharoff (tgonchar@CATS.UCSC.EDU)
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 11:37:10 -0700
I think I've gotta disagree with you on this one, Bob. Like you, I
wasn't there, but I have spent a lot of time in bear country and had a
couple invade our camp just two weeks ago. If all of your prevention
efforts fail, than I think the best course is to let the bears have the
food and go their way. Sure, in the event that a bear gets aggressive,
extraodinary measures are justified. But I haven't heard anything that
suggests that was the case here. The bears were eating the scouts' food.
The best way to avoid tragedy is to leave them alone. Throwing rocks is
likely to make for a very angry bear, or as in this case, a dead one.
In the scouts' defense, it sounds like they were following some
official advice. On Mon, 19 Aug 1996, Bob Robinson wrote:
> I know that I'll get "mauled" on this, but here goes;
> <on soapbox>
> Without more information, I will side with the Scouts
> on this one. Adults have been teaching youth as long
> as I can remember things like "don't mess with
> a mother bear when cubs are present", "very few things
> are more dangerous that a bear with cubs", etc.
> How many of those casting their votes for the bears
> actually live in or near bear country.
> Please put yourself in the terrifying situation of these
> Scouts. Bad judgment? possibly. Isn't that what
> we are trying to teach them
> Better a dead bear, even accidentally, that a mauled
> or dead scout (potentially). Our sons cannot be
> replaced, a bear can.
> <off soapbox>
> Bob Robinson
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