December 18, 2018

Bursting the Bubble of “Normal” Bear Behavior

If anyone might be interested to return to my seemingly endless commentary on bear behavior and bear attacks, they would discover that I’m a broken record when it comes to the sickening echo chamber of “bears don’t ‘normally’ act that way” and “bears don’t ‘normally’ attack people for no reason.” etc. And of course the most childish of all lame comments, “Bears are more afraid of you than you are of them.”

It never ends. When children don’t act the way we WANT them to, or what the indoctrination institutions and doctors consider “normal” behavior, we feed them chemicals to alter that behavior to make them “normal.”

“Normal” is a subjective issue that we have willingly given over to centralized authority and as such are slaves to their perspective of normal. Whatever doesn’t fit the “normal” mold is left either unexplained or simply passed off as an anomaly regardless of the frequency of not normal (by chosen perspective) behavior.

We can’t harness and drug bears. Instead, we insist on sticking to human-projected behavior patterns, framed around the bio-perverse obsession with protecting wild animals (large predators like bears) even at the expense of human life. In short, we want animals to be human-like and therefore project human characteristics onto animals.

A recent attack by two bears in Wyoming on a guide and his client has created a bit of a stir. The Media including Social Media and Internet websites have, once again, revealed to us the very reason we should NEVER believe ANYTHING we read on their platforms. Written accounts of the event have proven over and over to be inaccurate and yet the bad information gets embellished and passed along – and worst believed.

The brain trust – those who know more about everything than anyone else and has an “expert” opinion – have provided all the answers to any question asked and even those that haven’t.

In all of this, once again we are subjected to the vomit of the Media as they try to choke back their regurgitated nonsensical misinformation about bear behavior – and refuse to change.

I read this evening in the Newscentermaine.com website how we will probably never know why these two bears attacked two men attempting to retrieve a dead elk. The entire article is rife with terrible information that is formulated in the manner in which I described at the beginning of this piece.

Based mostly on the perverse need, having been indoctrinated into the minds of most American’s these days, to paint a completely positive aura about bears and other large predators, officials, brainwashed in their strong delusion that “bears don’t normally act this way,” now want to tell us we’ll never know why these bears attacked. Could it be that they attacked because they are BEARS??? Geez!

Here is a laundry list of nonsense repeated in this Online Media article:

“Wyoming wildlife officials say we may never know why a grizzly bear and her cub killed a hunting guide in an unusual and unprovoked attack.”

We are to believe that this attack was “unusual” because it doesn’t nicely and conveniently fit the narrative used to protect large predators. We are also to believe the attack was “unprovoked.” Try to understand how stupid that statement is. Because we refuse to understand that all animal behavior is unpredictable, this attack is called “unprovoked.” Obviously, something provoked the bears to attack, even if they were provoked by the simple fact that they are wild, unpredictable, large animals. Geez!

“We’re very fortunate that bears usually behave like bears should… But there are occasions where bears don’t behave like other bears.”

Once again, we are supposed to believe their inconsistent mantra that bears’ behavior is “normal” and predictable.

“Grizzlies don’t typically attack humans like that…”

Says who? Well, the authorities, that’s who. They don’t want anyone to have any ill feelings toward grizzly bears so they repeatedly tell us bears are afraid of us and are harmless except if you “surprise” them or meddle with cubs. B.S.!!! They even tell us bears are so harmless we can effectively protect ourselves by arming ourselves with bear spray – the same bear spray the guide used and died anyway. And note these same authorities who want you to carry bear spray so you won’t harm bears had to kill the same bear that attacked the guide and hunter with a rifle. Hmmm.

“Attacks are more commonly associated with either a surprise encounter… or if the bears were defending their food.”

None of my comments are intended to tell people this information about bear behavior isn’t true – it is just incomplete and saturated with the human condition foisted onto an animal. Each and every time authorities go out of their way, and the press becomes their echo chamber, to tell us how RARE it is that a bear, a wolf, a fox, a mountain lion, a bobcat – you name the animal – attacks someone, it’s unusual and not “normal” behavior. The truth is they don’t know what’s normal or abnormal behavior. If it fits their determined narrative, then it must be “normal.” Anything outside of that convenient narrative is just “unexplained,” as though it never happens but once in a million years. And yet we are always reading about those “unusual” and not “normal” attacks on people while refusing to change our understanding of wild animal behavior and do and say responsible things like, “______ attacks are considered to be not man-created normal behavior. All animals, wild and domestic can be and are unpredictable. You should always approach every animal in every situation as though just about anything will happen…including one of those ‘unprovoked’ attacks.”

But I’m not holding my breath waiting for them to change what they say.

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Bears Don’t “Naturally” Break Into Homes?

The Outdoor Wire files a report about increased incidences of encounters with black bears. According to the report, a game warden in Vermont says that “…bears don’t naturally break into homes. They must first have had experience receiving food from humans. The process of habituation begins with attractants that residents leave out such as birdseed, pet food, or unsecured garbage.”

That makes sense…right? Or maybe not so much. What does it mean to say bears don’t naturally break into homes? Does that mean that it is not a “natural” instinct of survival to go around breaking into homes?

I guess I don’t get it. The report says the “process of habituation” begins when bears are attracted to those things humans do that tells a bear, “Hey, bear! That smells like food and you are hungry!”

I understand that bears are attracted to smells. Is this warden trying to tell us that if a bear smells hot apple pie sitting on the sideboard, he doesn’t know that it is food because he’s never had it before?

Why is it that animal protectionists place so many human qualities on animals and deny other qualities if it doesn’t neatly fit the narrative? Wild animal behavior is quite unpredictable. That’s why we label them as “wild” animals.

I will remind all readers that a bear has a sense of smell that is seven times greater than that of a bloodhound. Under the right conditions, a bloodhound can detect the odor of one cell. That’s right, one cell. A bear can probably smell your dirty laundry.

Whether your smelly good “food source” (for bears) is or isn’t “secured” doesn’t mean a bear can’t smell it if it’s put away. And, whether a bear has “previous training” on what is and what isn’t human food and how to get it, a hungry bear doesn’t give a rat’s behind whether a game warden thinks a bear won’t break into your home unless he’s first had the proper training. To think such is a pretty good indication that you don’t understand how the voracity caused by intense hunger pains will drive any wild animal…well, wild.

We shouldn’t assume anything. If you live in bear country you might have the unpleasant experience of encountering a hungry bear. Look out! A curious bear…maybe not so much of a problem.

Bears “naturally” live in the woods. Bears “naturally” eat when they are hungry. If hunger overpowers fear of humans, with or without the proper training, you might have a midnight visitor come knocking on your door…or it’s just come crashing in without knocking.

It should be only “natural” to be prepared…but we’re not.

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Maine’s Contortionist, Human-Reasoning Black Bears

Why? For years I just keep asking myself why it is that bear biologists, as a whole,  insist on protecting the image of a large predator that is capable of ripping you and me to shreds. It just never ends. It’s a giant echo chamber where all you hear is that bears are more scared of you and they rarely bother people. Today, here’s a new false adage to file into your list of inane conversation pieces.

“We have bears that will basically do anything they can, turn themselves inside out, to get away from a human.”

A hungry, angry or threatened bear will also run you down and rip you to shreds under the right conditions. Are we then supposed to approach every bear as though that bear will “turn themselves inside out” to run the other way not satisfying his hunger pains, or having a “time out” to cool his jets for a bit?

Making a statement that bears rarely attack people is not only a bit dishonest but is highly value rated by the individual making the statement or is politically charged by animal protection nuts who rationalize bear behavior to that of humans. It’s much the same as stating that plane crashes are rare. However, when they do happen the event itself (I’m guessing) is highly unpleasant – much the same as being mauled to pieces by a pissed off bear.

The truth is we never know the mindset of a bear when we see one. Yes, it’s “rare” that that bear will turn and eat you up, but, as with any animal, they are unpredictable. Driven by hunger, there is no telling what a bear or any large predator will do. An angry or threatened bear is much the same and we have little knowledge of what can piss off a bear.

A bear does not reason, contrary to what misguided animal perverts might choose to believe. They only act and react on instinct. When you enter bear country, it’s a pretty good idea to have a plan of what it is you are supposed to do when you encounter a bear that’s NOT “turning themselves inside out” to get away. Don’t assume anything.

To a bear, human flesh tastes “just like chicken.”

 

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Bears Must Be Pansies!

I find it really extremely funny as I read through some of the opinion pieces that some in Maine and outside the state have offered to news media in support or opposition to next Tuesday’s bear hunting referendum. It is laughable and in some cases really phoney as a three dollar bill.

But I’ll not go down that road because, well, to be honest, I think people are sick and tired of reading how somebody doesn’t have facts because they disagree or there is no proof and claims of false advertisements. Yes, and now we have lawsuits. We are in a campaign and campaigns provide multiple platforms in which all sides can lie, cheat and steal, make promises and get away with it like thieves in the night. Puke!

But in this one instance, I really feel badly for the bears. They don’t get no respect! A letter to the editor writer, in an attempt to paint his opposition as a bunch of fear-mongering liars, actually paints a picture of bears as being nothing but a bunch of sissified panty-waists.

In rational discourse we might learn about where certain predators fall in the hierarchy of who’s on top and who’s on bottom. In Maine, not including man, I think a black bear is probably considered top dog….or in this case top bear, the apex predator, the one animal that others don’t want to mess with very often, if at all. (Note: I put man as top predator because there are some who have enough sense to get in out of the rain.)

I guess for the ignorant, the question should be, how did a bear obtain the distinction of top killer? After all, that’s what predators are notorious for. Does “hungry as a bear” have any meaning for you? Does the idea that a hungry bear kills deer fawns and moose calves, help in gaining that distinction? A well-fed bear is of little concern to humans; a damned hungry one and you best get the hell out of the way! I/we have no control over food supplies for bears. Talk to Mother Nature about that.

In this opinion piece, linked to above, the author describes bears as: gentle, elusive, intelligent, timid and peaceful. If this is true then the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of previous scientists, who labeled the black bear a top predator, much have been wrong. Can that be?

The poor bear.

In perceiving bears in the manner of them being gentle, elusive, timid and peaceful, one has to wonder….no, not really. I wonder – I doubt all that many others do actually wonder – if this is what is often described as “new understanding” or “new knowledge” and “shifting the paradigm” and how we discuss wildlife issues.

The poor bear. What a wuss!

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Tale of Two Bears or Two Different Perspectives on Bears

“When a bear sees a human, they will run and hide and more likely than not the human will never know the bear was there.” Or perhaps those old and worn out adages about bears can best be seen by example with this one: “They’re more afraid of you than you are of them.”

Do we really understand animal behavior? In particular, do we really understand bear behavior? All of us know of the two fairy tales – Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Little Red Riding Hood first made it to print in the 1600s but the tale is known to have been told to children as early as the 900s. Was it all fairy tale?

Of course not. Just like Goldilocks, the stories were told to children to teach them that both wolves and bears can be dangerous wild animals. I wonder if children in the 1600s were told that bears are more afraid of them than they are of the bears?

One of the problems we face today, that I doubt occurred on the same level in 1600, is the political agendas, driven by money and greed, that foment false information about animal behavior. For whatever the reasons, predators, such as bears and wolves/coyotes, seem to have attained, in certain people’s minds, a higher level of existence, perhaps even compared to that of humans, and demands are predominant that these potentially deadly creatures need to be protected at many levels. With that thought, it then becomes necessary to stop telling the Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks stories and instead replace them with stories of how important these “keystone predators” and “species indicators” are; that they deserve a better life than humans have given them in the past, resulting in, “they are more afraid of you than you are of them.” Over the years this agenda-driven propaganda now shows its ugly face in the offices of fish and game departments and consequently in our newspapers and television sets, among others.

Because of this brainwashing, which of course, is what it is, and the fact that because all of us are human and thus our perspectives vary based on the degree of brainwashing and willingness to be intellectually lazy and accept politically motivated advocacy, disguised as science, we see differing accounts of animal behavior in newspaper and other media sources, most always originating from the halls of fish and game headquarters.

We know that few, if any, media outlets bother to investigate claims made by government officials or any one else that might be deemed “officials”, with the onset of computer technology, it’s much easier to “copy and paste.”

Consider the tale of two newspaper accounts about black bears and bear behavior. One account, from the Bangor Daily News in Maine, tells of what behavior black bears take on as they head into fall, gorging themselves on food in preparation for the long upcoming winter hibernation.

Below are a few comments and quotes taken from the BDN news article.

Yet human-bear conflicts rarely increase during the bears’ fall foraging frenzy, according to both Cross and Vashon. Fall is a time when natural food is abundant, and that’s usually what bears are going after.

(Human-bear conflicts are actually more common in the spring, when a bear has just emerged from its den and is searching for sustenance when natural food is scarce.)

“Most conflicts happen where people aren’t used to having bears around,”

Still, Maine’s estimated 31,000 black bears keep to themselves, if they can help it. And upon seeing a human, they typically will run in the opposite direction.

“The only problem is when a bear is cornered. I think that’s when you’re at the greatest risk — If you’re between a bear and cubs or between a bear and its escape route,” Vashon said. “A good example is if you find a bear in your garage and you’re blocking the door.”

Let me point out that the information given in this account isn’t necessarily false information. It’s just that, like most of these reports, they never tell about the conditions that come up when bears are more likely to encounter humans and why. It’s always about how rare it is. Well, rarity is subjective and nobody that I’m aware of cares of the rarity of human/bear encounters when they have been attacked, “inexplicably” by a bear.

Take as an example what went on in nearby Nova Scotia. Two women, in the woods east of Port Lorne, between East Shore Road and the Bay of Fundy, were chased by a black bear for about an hour. Eventually, the two women came upon a hunting camp, described in the report as a shack, broke out a window and went inside to escape the attacking bear. Is this some of that “rare” bear behavior? Or, is this some of that animal behavior we really don’t know anything about?

All the talking points found in media accounts and repeated faithfully by those infamous “bear experts” say that bears won’t bother people unless people bother them, or that the animal is sick or wounded, or we mess with their young. According to the report, the women, while in the woods were doing what officials had taught them to do. In addition there doesn’t seem to be any outward signs of anything wrong with the bear.

The bear’s behaviour caused department staff much concern because the women made noise when they walked into the woods. That is supposed to make any nearby bear move away to avoid human interaction.

But this doesn’t match all that advise about how to be safe.

Even when they backed away from it and yelled when it kept coming too close, the bear continued to advance on them.

The girls managed to get into the cabin, but the animal circled it for close to an hour trying to get inside, even reaching through the window the women broke to climb through. The women pushed a couch up against the window to try to keep the bear outside.

And yet officials repeat and media copies and pastes how rare it is for bears to bother humans. Remember, they are more afraid of you than you are of them. This is “unexplained” behavior with no attempt to explain the bears behavior and to alter talking points about bear behavior.

“It’s an unnerving situation, no question about it,” admitted Boudreau. “That’s not normal behaviour, when you look at all the encounters and dealings that we have on a provincewide scale.”

And therein lies some of the rub. It’s not “normal” behavior when you consider all the bears and the few reported cases of bear attacks. Automobile accidents are rare, when you consider the millions of drivers and driving hours nationwide but do we tell people they are rare? So why keep repeating the mantra that bears are more afraid or of the rarity when it would be just as easy to explain that under circumstances, some of which we have no clue about, all wild animals will do unpredictable things; like chase two women through the woods for over an hour or drag a kid out of a tent, etc.

I got my biggest chuckle out of the comment from the Maine bear biologist who said in reference to how bears won’t bother you unless you are blocking their escape route and gives the following example:

“A good example is if you find a bear in your garage and you’re blocking the door.”

This should have been a teachable moment explaining what the hell a bear would be doing in your garage to begin with. If it’s so rare that bears bother people and they’re more afraid of us, what are they doing in our garages that we need to be concerned about whether we are blocking their escape route? And why use that as an example of why a bear would attack?

It’s simple really. Instead of always having the programmed need to protect the bear or wolf or whatever the wild animal is, declaring it to be something always cute and cuddly, why not explain to people the conditions that can exist that increases the changes of encountering a bear?

Officials talk of the abundance of natural food bears gorge on. What happens with bears if that natural food is scare? What happens to bear behavior when there’s too many bears that can be fed with all that natural food? What happens to bear behavior when there too many bears AND not enough natural food? What happens to bear behavior when people intentionally and unintentionally feed bears? And how do you explain how brilliant we think we are, when bears and other animals do things we can’t explain? What do you tell two women, who went into the woods and did just as they were told to do and were attacked by a bear anyway?

I guess we just write another news article and repeat the same old, worn out talking points: bear encounters are rare, they’re more afraid, bears are shy, and above all else, make sure you make noise to scare the bears away and if they don’t run away, look big, make more noise and wave your arms…..before the bear makes lunch out of them.

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When Bears Intrude, It’s ALWAYS the Humans’ Fault

When I’m reincarnated (only kidding) I want to be a bear, or some other large, worshiped predator. These critters can do no wrong. Imagine, according to American’s indoctrination by our institutions of higher brainwashing, a certain percentage of humans in this country will turn out “bad” – that is make bad choices, etc. I once learned, perhaps in the Bible, (also kidding) that God created man as the dominant species. I think, or maybe I just assumed, that meant that as a whole, humans possessed the ability of higher thinking than an animal, say a bear.

But according to those who either worship predators, like bears, and most who say they study and understand bear behavior, there are no bears, that is, a percentage of bears, like humans, that grow up making bad choices – like setting up camp in your backyard and eating your garbage; climbing a tree and hanging out next to an elementary school; attacking someone’s livestock, or attacking and harming or killing a human.

Nope! It’s always mans’ fault isn’t it. And where bears live perfect lives, never making bad choices, it is us humans who must adapt how we live in order that the perfect bears aren’t disturbed.

The article which I read, that has prompted my little mini rant here, states that, “An ambitious wildlife-conservation plan in effect for several years includes programs for educating the public and, it must be said, for controlled hunting.”

GASP!!!

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