Bear-ing in mind.
Barely able to consider – it’s such a
land mind land mine.
(Woody Guthrie wrote that, right? “This land is your land. This land is my land….“)
Not to be confused with a landfill. (Although much these days really does belong there.)
Traveling notes. Odd observations. Puzzling chuckles.
Note to DC areas hit by storms:
(And yes, actual experience there.)
It’s been hot before – and folks survived without AC and power in the past.
(And they wore a lot more clothes back then. Heavy long-sleeved ones.)
A word: Hedge clippers, tree trimmer poles. No sabe chainsaw?
(Lowe’s or Home Depot can fix you right up.)
Look, if you nice folks would trim all your bushes and tree limbs back from the wires like they do in hurricane country, maybe there’d be disruption after storms…
Never seen so much overgrown vegetation.
Might be nice to trim trees and bushes across sidewalks so people could walk without having to hop into the street or bend over to get under limbs…just a little more neighborly.
Oh, you’re too busy and someone else should….
Hmmm. Will consider your importance, too.
Odd all those branches, twigs, and downed trees still sitting in yards, on sidewalks, in gutters…
(One must be cognizant of live power lines….but after the power companies have been through and cut lines down and strung new wire….)
Sadly, there were a good number of monster trees down.
Bad storm. Bad winds.
In many other places, industrious entrepreneurs would be knocking on doors.
Asking, “Hey, see ya got a tree down. We’ll remove it if you’ll let us have the wood.”
A little chopping or feeding a wood splitter yields a fine crop of fire wood and barbecue smoking wood chips to be sold for a profit.
But maybe there’s no market for firewood in this area.
Must be a regional thing.
Anyway, barely able to keep on track here –
Thoughts hiking all over the place.
Just paws in the title.
So back to bruin.
Did you know that Yellowstone Park used to offer bear feeds to watch?
Yep. It was considered quite a tourist attraction in the 1880′s.
The rangers would dump all the garbage in one spot – often behind big hotels – and people would watch the bears from bleachers.
People lumbered to the park to interact with bears.
Fed them from horse-drawn wagons. Begging bears actually created traffic jams around 1910.
By the 1950′s bears had gotten really good at panhandling.
Those cute little cubs just loved those marshmallows thrown out car windows!
Hey, set little Cindy on that bear and we’ll get a darling picture!
Yep, Yellowstone Bear Momma #264 would actually let people pet her cubs (1990′s).
Unfortunately Momma was killed by a car when she dashed in front of a truck.
Those determined momma and poppa bears looked so cute ripping the stuffing out of car seats while people squealed!
(In delight, right? Gotta love those bears! You did pay the car insurance, right?)
Bears got quite clever at rolling a cooler down the hills until it crashed open…
Well, maybe a little bear nail ripping and prying helped.
“Hey, hey, hey. Yogi is smarter than the average bear!“
Whole bear families would cruise the camp grounds.
Bears weren’t in the showers looking for shampoo.
We were serious when we rattled the doors and asked “Any bears in there?’ before entering.
The National Parks Service had to step in around 1970.
Bears had gotten too brave, too bold, and too demanding around humans. Cranky if food wasn’t offered.
Some bears were eating so much human junk food, they weren’t surviving winter hibernation because of poor nutrition.
Another concern, cubs of junk food addicted bear moms were born too frail and small.
Garbage dumps in and around the park were closed.
The National Park Service, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, now asks tourists to “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for the policy is because the animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.
Sound reasoning and logic.
Good policy – Best for bears and humans!
No doubt there!
Always think of traveling and bears in the summer.
But eventually everyone returns home and gets back to ordinary routine.
So what’s this?
The Food Stamp Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is proud to be distributing the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever.
And spending lots of money encouraging people to sign up?
In addition, some are concerned that helping people buy junk food isn’t a good idea.
(They tested out that theory on bears.)
Something to bear in mind?
Powerless to ponder more.
Stuff to chew on (not garbage),
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge
- “Parks differ on bear management:Glacier hazes roadside bears; Grand Teton, Yellowstone lets people get close” – bears in the parks.
- “Bears in Transition, 1959-1970′s. From garbage, Controversy, and Decline to Recovery” Yellowstone Science, 2008.
- San Francisco Chronicle. “Use of government aid for junk food questioned.” JUNK FOOD: not good for bears or humans.
- Time Magazine. “Food stamps. More benefit to Big Food than the poor?”
- CNN. “Government wants more people on food stamps.” Dept of Ag. ran ads to encourage people to sign up. ($2.5 million to $3 million spent on ads for this.)
- USA TODAY. “Food stamps expansion driven by politics” Why do the numbers of those on assistance keep surging? One view.
- Songfacts. “This land is your land by Woody Guthrie” Listen to song, lyrics and read history of song.