Bears have had a good year this year, but not quite enough to give them the win they were hoping for in this year’s Summer of Fear contest. Still, working way out of their normal Summer of Fear range taking in NJ is very good for spooky bear headlines, even if this is the first bear attack in the state in 150 years.
Back in more familiar turf bears still manage to keep in the headlines, but really this looks more like a case of really bad preparation and common sense.
if I were going to be in an area that has a lot of grizzlies and black bears, number one, I wouldn’t go alone, and number two, I would be carrying bear spray with me.
I missed some summer bear stories as well, but in the end the bears have had a slow year compared to our winner. One bear did however try to eat a car, so they have that going for them.
National Geographic has a good, but way to reasonable article on human/bear encounters being on the rise. This will not help the bears in this years Summer of Fear as it is filled with too much common sense, but it is a good read anyway. I did not realize how many bears are around now and how wide the range is. Good for the bears, but you can see why we bump into them more now.
So Florida has a bear problem, I honestly did not know this. Anyway a nice lady was attacked in her driveway by one of what sounds like a swarm of bears invading her yard. She was badly cut up and it sounds like the bears did not meet with as happy an ending. This is not quite a Bearmageddon story, but seven bears in your yard is nothing to sneeze at. Could this be the start of a comeback for the bears? Maybe, they certainly have a better shot at this than the centipedes. Sorry centipedes, thems the facts.
First bear attack in Florida on record makes for a bad day for lady walking her dogs. The dogs were ok though, so there is that. This one looks like a case of wrong place at the wrong time more than anything else.
The National Geographic has a good article today on why bear attacks are up or ‘Maulings By Bears’ as they call it. I am not sure I care what it is called when a bear attacks me, attack, maul, rend, rip, slash, chomp, hop on pop, it likely all sounds the same when the bear is swatting you.
This story is sadly not hysterical enough to be a Summer of Fear entry, but it is a very interesting story about what happens when a bear kills someone in a National Park. The process is very much like a criminal investigation, even examining the bear’s motive and like our justice system it does not make everyone happy with the outcomes.
Found via Boing Boing