Cib Bear Death
Pat Meehan (alf@KGN.IBM.COM)
Tue, 20 Aug 1996 16:05:07 -0400
I have to agree w/ Tim G. on this point... a) apparently the bears were not
attacking the campers... b) throwing rocks, especially blindly in the dark
may only serve to aggravate the bears... c) at Philmont we were taught not
to throw, rather make noise... like banging the pots together (that is
why most of the pots are caved in on the bottom *grin*) ...
In the event the bears didn't leave ... let them be... Remember, we are in
their country ... visitors to their home... We have moved them around,
we have chased them... Having 1 scout begin to throw rocks only encourages
others to throw ...and when you get the entire campsite throwing rocks -well
this is what happens...
Yes it is sad - Yes it could have and should have been avoided... I don't
understand why they suggest putting your food into plastic containers...
bears have excellent smell'ability... plastic isn't going to deter them...
Philmont has cables strung between trees... 1) to allow the bear bags
to suspend high between two trees and lessen the abilty of the bears attacking
them. .. 2) to prevent thousands of scouts climbing trees to string their
own cable/rope and then hanging their bag over it...
Yosemite should do similar...
In the event the bear gets the food - report it... yes, once you feed them,
they will more than likely do it again... let the Rangers decide the fate of
the bear...not every camper who enters the parks... The parks service is
trained for this...they generally will trap and move the bear, maybe even
tag it... monitor it... and if it continues then it will be destroyed...
(Hmm - reminds me of how the Native Americans of this country must have
felt when our forefathers invaded this land and moved them around and
practically destroyed them as well... )
YiS - Pat
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