Re: Bear Cub Death
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 17:27:54 -0600
After having posted the Reuters release, I really only have one thought
on the scouts in Yellowstone.
I find it very interesting, or perhaps even ironic, that those who have
defended the bear, and "attacked" the scouts, appear to mostly (but not
all) live in areas where they have to deal with bears on a regular
basis. Those who have backed the scouts, however tentatively, seem to
live in the "flatlands".
I am a native "flatlander" transplanted into mountains. I can tell you
that the first time *I* saw a bear at Philmont, despite what everyone
said about the bears ahead of time, scared the hell out of me.
Its awfully easy to condemn from a distance, especially when certain
actions seem "abnormal" based on our own personal experiences. However,
I think it is perhaps significant that the troop in question did not come
from dear country. And, the first time you see or hear a bear, not being
native to bear country, can be terrifying, and no matter what you have
been previously taught, throwing things is a fairly natural reaction.
How many of us, *the very first time we saw a bear* quickly realized it
was only their for food, would pose no harm to anyone, and would probably
eventually go away if left untouched?
I'm not saying here who was right or wrong, on this list or in
Yellowstone. I'm saying I see a bit of a pattern forming, and before we
condemn *or* condone, we need to think about the other side.
Jason A. Cruse University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City