Медведь играет с человеком ("Bear Plays with a Man"). Indeed. (YouTube)
Folks, don't try this with the gigantic bear you have at home.
I didn't like it when Snoopy suddenly changed from a cute quadruped to an ugly biped and I didn't like it when I saw this video of a bear walking upright like a human in a New Jersey 'burb. Read the rest
From West Coast Native News: "This is how big a grizzly bears paw is – by the way, the bear is sedated and about to be tagged."
Lauren Shutt emailed to let me know that the above information is incorrect:
Hi Mark, I wanted to contact you about the photo of a woman holding a grizzly paw.
The bear is not sedated for tagging, it was shot and killed by my brother, Charlie Shutt, outside of Anchorage. The woman you see holding the paw, Brandi Houser, is a friend of the family who was with him when the bear was killed. She posted the photo to her Facebook page, someone copied it onto Reddit, and it's been making the rounds ever since.
She also suppled additional photos:
Doug Harder who resides near Schweitzer Mountain, Idaho photographed this handsome bear attempting to come into his condo via the cat door last week. Read the rest
Why would someone wear a realistic bear costume and use it bother a mother grizzly and her two cubs trying to eat salmon in an Alaska river? First of all, he's lucky the mother bear didn't eviscerate him when he ran to within five to ten feet of the cubs and began “waving and jumping,” according to a group of people watching from a respectful distance. Second, it's stressful to the bears.
Alaska Fish and Game technician Lou Cenicola, was able to move the mother bear out of the way, and he tried to talk to the man. The man didn't remove the bear head, and didn't identify himself. He told Cenicola, “You have the license plate number. You figure it out.” Then he drove away, still in costume.
State troopers are investigating and said the man could face wildlife harassment charges. [via]
I can barely watch, but anyone who has seen "Grizzly Man" will understand that bears are wild animals and should not be trifled with.
UPDATE: NOT A LEMUR NOT A PANTHER NOT A GAME SHOW BUT IT MIGHT BE A BEAR
According to Boing Boing reader Malcom Bell: "ItteQ is a travel show and this is a one-off. The woman in the box is Imoto Ayako."
The show is called Sekai No Hate Made Itteq! (translated: Riddles at the Ends of the Earth!)
This black bear ate a 20-pound bag of dog food out of a garage in Seminole County, Florida and fell into a food coma right on the homeowner's lawn. Read the rest
Good news for ladies who like the woods—your period is (probably) not something that attracts (most) bears.
There are not a lot of studies addressing this particular topic, but a National Park Service paper published this year took a look at all of them and put the scattered pieces information together into a single puzzle. It's probably not a complete picture, but it's certainly better than hearsay and random, sexist stories you heard from your grandpa's drinking buddy. More importantly, even when there is a documented risk between menstrual blood and bears, that shouldn't be construed as a reason to keep women out of the wilderness. After all, bears are attracted to food, and we don't tell people they shouldn't eat while backpacking. Instead, we have practices that reduce risk. Same thing applies here.
Here's what we learn: 1) You can menstruate freely and without fear in the contiguous 48 United States. Grizzlies, and particularly black bears, don't seem to be interested in what's happening in your pants. Evaluating hundreds of grizzly attacks found no correlation between menstruation and risk of attack. In the case of black bears, this has actually been tested experimentally, with researchers leaving used tampons from various stages of menstruation out in the wilderness and watching how the bears respond. (Science!) The bears completely ignored the tampons.
2) Yellowstone data suggests food is a much bigger risk than menstruation. Analysis of bear attack data from Yellowstone National Park doesn't even consider attacks that happened before 1980. Why? Read the rest