I am glad the family is ok. But people need to remember the mountain is where
the bear lives, and people are the visitor, unfortunately people seem to forget
that fact. They have a great sense of smell and can smell food even in a
trailer, so don't think you're immune from a wildlife encounter
because you're not in a tent. As the ranger said secure your food, respect
the home of the bear and keep it clean. For the bears sake I hope he stays
away, so his "bucket" doesn't get kicked for doing what bears do
"I always wanted to see a bear in the wild," Graham said. "It was on
my bucket list, but I didn't want to kick the bucket to have it off my
bucket list."That is a classic quote.
In years past we never had to worry about bears when we went camping and hiking.
Bears were rare in Utah. I felt it was unwise to reintroduce bears back into
the state of Utah when they did because we have so many youth groups and
families who go camping and hiking in the summer in Utah. Now we have bear
attacks and even death from this "reintroduction". Now
I've just read about an environmentalist group who are petitioning the U.S.
Fish in Game to for grizzlies to be introduced into several western states
including California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. This is way past
Glad the family was prepared, first with a trailer instead of a tent, and then
having a pistol along.
@One opinion"Now I've just read about an environmentalist
group who are petitioning the U.S. Fish in Game to for grizzlies to be
introduced into several western states including California, Arizona, New
Mexico, Utah and Colorado. This is way past ridiculous."Let me
get this straight:1. Prior man arriving, bears are living in the woods in
all these states and others.2. Man moves into the bears' habitat and
wipes out all the bears.3. Man has change of heart, reintroduces bears
into their own habitat.4. Man continues to live in the bears'
habitat.5. Bears attack men who are living in bears' habitat.....and you think that putting bears back into their own habitat because
they might attack people who are intruding into bears' habitat is "way
past ridiculous"? I don't know what to say.
Reintroducing bears or other wildlife to where they presently are not located
isn’t exactly letting nature take its course. It’s human
manipulation for reasons that don’t always make sense or take concerns
into consideration. In parts of the West, wolves were reintroduced over the
objections of ranchers who feared the havoc to livestock. That’s exactly
what’s happened but a rancher who sets poison bait or traps to kill them
can face stiff fines.
It has been reported that ranchers in Wyoming and Montana have learned ways of
co-existing with wolves, bears and bison. They are part of nature and as Brave
Sir Robin pointed out, they were here first, so it's our obligation to work
on ways to protect wildlife, humans and their animals, and the environment.
There are many animal rights groups and environmental groups which have proven
that this can happen, with the cooperation of states, ranchers and landowners -
it takes effort but certainly can be done and is well worth the effort.
Co-exist. I'm open explain how do you do that?And explain to me why
it was so bad that bear, wolves and all dangerous wildlife to man were so upset
that they were moved to a place where they could roam free and live freely
without the threat of being killed because they did what came naturally to them
by pulling a child out of a tent and eating him. Do you think that was such a
big issue to them to be moved. I personally believe they were perfectly happy
and we shouldn't of brought them back into close areas with humans. It was
for their protection and ours. Oh please! If you want to live amongst the bears
I can suggest a few places for you.