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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

A Blurry Bear Story & a Tragedy


Reading today of a fatal mauling of a tourist in Yellowstone by a Grizzly female bear with cubs.  The man was hiking with his wife when they surprised the bear and her instinct to protect her cubs ended in her attacking the man, ending in his death.  Such a tragedy for the family and can't imagine the feeling of anguish for the wife having to experience and witness such a horrid scene.

The blurry picture of a black bear was our first encounter with a bear on the property.  Only a few years after moving here.  I don't know who scared who, Jim shooting over the head of the bear to scare him off, but the sound freaked out the bear causing him to rear up as I snapped a picture, me shocked at the sound of a gunshot and the bear standing since Jim had not warned me he was going to do that.  And this was only a black bear, loaming large as he stood tall.  He quickly left as I headed for the door with my hands shaking.  Have learned since to be on the alert for any possible encounter with wildlife, here or in the park.  Jim always carried bear spray and a pistol, but unlikely a tourist would have more than bear spray. 

Very, very sad for the family. 

3 comments:

  1. Yikes, Nancy ~ that's quite a story! And a scary one for sure!! I'm guessing you and your local bears have a mutual understanding? Mine would be that I would stay far away from them!!

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  2. That is a sad story.It is nice though to live somewhere as you do & come to a mutual understanding with the wildlife.You have to have a healthy respect of them for sure,phyllis

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  3. Hi Nancy just woke up heard about the mauling.Poor man and wife. When we lived in Sherodan Wyo we would go over to Yellowstone. Such a beautiful park. I remember seeing all the wildlife every day when we would go into the big horn mountains. What beautiful country.
    Do you still see bears on your property?

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