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Best Man at wedding is... a grizzly bear!

This just went through my RSS feed: Grizzly bear is best man at wedding

On a related note, "Grizzly Adams" is a great show to see! I've only seen the pilot episode of the series; it's very hard to find on the P2P file-sharing networks, as it was aired in 1977. If you can find it, it's got some incredible animal wrangling... James gets to play with a bear cub, a fully-grown grizzly bear, a cougar, raccoons, etc. There's no computer animatronics here -- these are the real critters!


May. 1st, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
I recently had the benefit of being able to attend a training course for the park staff about bears. One interesting fact that sticks in my head is that there are roughly the same number of attacks and human deaths due to black bears as there are due to grizzlies, even though there are ten times as many blacks. i.e. grizzlies are ten times more likely to hurt or kill someone in an encounter.
May. 1st, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
They're larger, for one, and thusly less likely to flee if they feel threatened, and large enough to consider people a food source if they are very hungry. If people are dealing with animals on their terms, most animals aren't going to feel threatened in the first place. You do get the weird cases where bears eat people like Timothy Treadwell but it's far from the norm, and usually out of desperation. The vast majority of animals are perfectly happy going their own way and letting people go theirs.

Most of those statistics could be avoided if people were more respectful - trying to see things from the animal's perspective could yield some insight into what -not- to do, and being observant and prepared in the odd event a rogue bear did show up, as it mostly seems to occur when they are bulking up for the winter. Also not cooking where they camp, hanging food properly, and the other usual precautions.

I wasn't trying to say that animals aren't dangerous at all, ever, merely that, like most snakes, they are something to be treated with caution but not witch-hunting paranoia. If properly dealt with, interactions with wild creatures can be rewarding and awesome in the original sense of the word, and "scary" animals like wolves and bears are no exception. The number of people killed by diabetes far exceeds the number of people killed by animals, people just have a weirdly aligned aversion to risk.


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