Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Wildlife
Thu, 12 Aug 1999 11:07:48 -0500
In <firstname.lastname@example.org>, on 08/11/99
at 07:12 PM, Mark Arend <mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM> said:
>BEARS: You've probably been discussing the incident up north. Tesomas
>is probably about 100 miles from that camp and yes, bears have been
>seen there too. We warned the kids but there was no special warning or
>instructions from the staff. Bears are spreading, at least here in
>Wisconsin,-- they've been seen in the southern part of the state.
>Perhaps we need to place more emphasis on wildlife safety. Even if
>there's no bear danger it's no fun to wake up sharing a sleeping bag
>with a raccoon or skunk (both incidents I've heard of).
Our troop saw some bears at San Isabel Scout Ranch in the Rocky Mountain
Council this summer, but we were very diligent about keeping smellables
in a cooler, locked in our (completely enclosed) troop trailer.
However, we did have to cut short a post-closing-campfire treat of Dutch
oven cobbler on the last evening because one of the adults spotted a
bear near our campsite. Another of our adults got nicknamed "Bobcat"
earlier in the week because he woke up in the middle of the night
thinking he heard a bobcat in the campsite. It turned out to be a very