Rigor Vitae: Life Unyielding

Tuesday, August 28, 2007


Bears are uncommon in Utah--in fact, I've never seen one here. When backpacking in most of the state I don't even take them into consideration; I often sleep with a pork chop in each pocket. My expatriate brother Mark has lived in California for over a decade, a state with far more bears than he's used to. When he and his family went backpacking east of Yosemite last week, they assumed, as I would have, that a locked car was a safe enough place to leave some food. As his wife Nancy's photo shows, though, some resourceful ursid simply popped out a window and pried back the door frame to relieve them of their goodies.
Photograph by Nancy Peterson


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember the days when bears were content with stealing pick-a-nick baskets?

1:43 AM  
Blogger burning silo said...

Well, that's interesting to know about. I'll probably be hiking in California in about a month and have not seen evidence of bears on past visits, but will keep this incident in mind. On trails up here in my area, we frequently find scat and trees gouged up with scratches, etc... One of the neighbours had bee hives busted up by a bear not all that many years ago. Many people a bot further north in Ontario have been talking about how bad the bears are. It's been a fairly hot, dry summer, so the bears are acting different -- much more determined to help themselves to food, etc... Perhaps the same thing is happening in California.

8:06 PM  
Blogger y-intercept said...

I think it is the fault of rap music.

There were fewer bear/car incidences when folk music was popular. Rap Music is giving the bears bad ideas.

BTW, Nice blog! I like how you show the full design process for a piece of art.

10:47 AM  
Anonymous http://essays.mightystudents.com said...

Just let the bears play and enjoy what life and nature brings to them. They're like humans, too, deserve to be free and away from negativities!

1:46 AM  

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