scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Bear attack
Jack W. Sandoz, Jr. (jsandoz@EARTHLINK.NET
Fri May 26 2000 - 05:01:04 CDT
Recently, a bear made a camper's SUV into a "convertible".
The owner was mistified because there was no food in it.
Turns out the proud new owner had treated his vehicle's
leather interior with a scented oil which the bear found attractive.
The difference between the black and brown bears is described as follows:
Don't try to escape a bear by climbing a tree. The "smaller" black bear is an
excellent climber that can scale a 30' tree faster than a lumberjack. A
thousand pound brown "Grizzely" doesn't climb, he'll just knock the tree down.
Each time I bring new scouts on a campout, I tell them about bears, even if
we're camping in the desert.
I do this to obtain their cooperation regarding the "NO FOOD OR DRINK OR
BACKPACKS IN THE TENT AT ANY TIME" rule. A scout in another troop was awakened
by a bear's claw ripping through his tent to grab his backpack.
Having experienced insomnia caused by telling them the necessary facts, I
prefer to cover it on their first campout which we plan to NOT be in bear
I end the "lecture" with this little story. ;-)
Jeff and his younger brother Dave were hiking in Bear Country and they
became lost in the woods. Dave had the misfortune to lose their compass. The
next things they did wrong were to continue to wander and to become separated.
Jeff had the good fortune to encounter the Spirit of the Forest.
The Spirit told him that since Jeff found him, the Spirit would grant him
three wishes. "Well", Jeff thought, "that's easy" with dreams of immeasurable
"First," he said, "I want to find my silly brother, Dave. Second, show me
the way back to camp. I'll save my last wish until later."
The Spirit said, "Very well" and then vanished.
Jeff heard a noise and turned around to find Dave waving the compass and
yelling "I found the trail back to camp." Jeff told Dave of his encounter with
the Spirit of the Forest and his three wishes and how the first two had just
The boys were following the trail VERY carefully when they came upon a
huge, hungry looking brown bear.
The boys tried to look BIG but it didn't work. The bear kept coming...fast.
Dave said, "Jeff, use your wish. Get us outta here."
Jeff said, "Run". And run they did...to no avail...the bear was gaining on
Dave said, "The Scoutmaster told us you can't outrun a bear. Use Your Wish!
Jeff said, "I don't have to outrun the bear."
Dave replied, "YOU DON'T?"
Pulling ahead of the smaller boy, Jeff yelled, "No, I just have to outrun
Granada Hills, CA
Peter Farnham wrote:
> ...Very sad...I hope everyone will take Ted's admonitions to heart about
> feeding or trying to otherwise befriend these critters. You are not
> dealing with Yogi and Booboo here!