Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Bears
Fri, 13 Aug 1999 20:36:29 -0700
You are absolutely correct. In this area (Southern California), the bear
problem is very bad when the winter was dry and there isn't a lot of food.
In normal years the bears stay higher up. It is also a demonstrated fact
that bears will hang around the easy pickings of the trash cans and dumps
rather than forage. Yellowstone had a very difficult time with this several
years ago and Yosemite has been battling it as well. Unfortunately, a lot
of bears ended up being killed because they were just too used to foraging
the trash and wouldn't stay in the wilderness even when food was plentiful.
----- Original Message -----
From: R Fisher <ghotier@TEXAS.NET>
Sent: Friday, August 13, 1999 4:36 PM
Subject: Re: Bears
> Just a comment that may relate to the increased bear activity people
> have been commenting on. One, as bears become more numerous, there will
> be bears that have frequent encounters with humans and their trash cans
> (even those "less informed" who think its cute to feed them), thus
> associating people with food. These bears are therefore more likely to
> hang out where people hang out. Two, as a result of the very hot, dry
> weather across large sections of the Midwest and Northeast, bear food
> may be harder to come by, forcing bears to be more agressive in
> securing something to eat. Especially now when bears are trying to put
> on serious fat reserves to help them make it through the winter. Both
> of these factors can make bear encounters much more dangerous than they
> would be normally.
> Just my opinion, I could be wrong.
> Roy Fisher