Yep. Just you watch: the answer to this one isn't going to be Boulder telling its residents they just have to adapt to the bear doing what comes naturally. "Animal control officers" are going to locate and kill it.
I may be assuming too much, though. They may trap it and take the bear and its taste for human food out to the West Slope. But if they do kill it, they'll throw a bone to the animal rightists and say they had to because humans forever corrupted it and it would've repeated the behavior.
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I have to say, I believe people who live in bear country should do better. Leaving food around consistently in bear country is just plain dumb and the bears do lose out in the end.
However, I strongly disagree with the sentiment that all bear problems are souly people induced. Bad people corrupting the pure good teddy bears with our wanton disregard. Bears are wild and like other predators will act violently against people and their property without provocation. The RMNP bear attack is a good example.
Classic article. I'd wager if you talked to this guy on other issues, he'd claim that the US is to blame for all the violence and poverty in the world.
I don't know how these people live with all the guilt they heap on themselves. Either that or they're so full of themselves they can't conceive of anything happening without their input.
This is a bit off topic, but there's an article in the recent National Geographic about the Aleutians and radical declines in sea mammal populations. Of course, the liberals blame it on fishing and pollution. Yet another scientist has pointed out that otter populations, for example, are declining even in areas that aren't polluted. His explanation was that Orcas have taken up eating otters because they've eaten the sea lion population so much.
Of course, the researcher is under fire -- his colleagues, like the guy in this article, can't conceive of anything negative happening in the animal world without humans being responsible.
Don't assume that when fall comes, or hunting season, that the big bucks, and big bulls leave. Whitetail deer bucks especially, simply hide. And they hide very well. Mule deer bucks may leave a little. Bull elk may leave, but don't assume they do. Don't assume any of them do. I mean - where would they leave to? (Just another place where, for the most part, they would be hunted.) These big animals have the ability to hide in very small, very obscure places. So, embrace the fact (...