September 20, 2017

Mixed Messages About Bears and Nuisance Wildlife And the Words of a Totalitarian

Not that most people actually care or are even positioned in any way to think for themselves anymore, but how can you expect people to “learn to live with wild animals” and other such nonsense when the messages being delivered by the indoctrinated authorities is all over the board?

Let’s look at some of the messages being delivered to the public by the Press from members of the so-called expert and authoritarian crowd, including government agencies.

In an article by an “expert” on bears, the expert addresses the fact that recently a professional runner (whatever that is) in Maine was attacked and chased by two bears. He wields the theory that the reason the bear chased the runner was for the same reason a dog chases a car…unknown. The runner decided, because he was a runner, I suppose, to attempt to outrun the bear. He did and ran into a building and hid behind a screen door. The expert says of this event: “Clearly if the bears wanted to get to him and all they had to do was lean into this flimsy screen door,” he says. “At that point the separation of this screen door was enough to say ‘the chase is over.’ Whatever signaled the chase to shutoff at that point indicating that this wasn’t a predatory attack. The initial event was over when there was a structure involved.”

The expert assumes, in his theory, that the bear is only motivated by the urge to chase something that is moving, a la the dog chasing a car theory. One thing wrong with this theory is that, according to the article, when the runner first encountered the bears, “…he encountered two charging black bears.” The two bears were charging not chasing.

What if the bears were actually looking for a meal? If I were to attempt to rationalized a bear’s behavior, as most people do, failing to accept the fact that an animal is an animal and a man is a man, I could say that the bears decided they weren’t that hungry and less effort would be expended by visiting a nearby garbage can or two. Animal behavior is unpredictable….period!

In this incident the authorities give the following advice: “Wardens advise people who encounter black bears to make themselves appear big, make noise and back away slowly. But they recommend people stand their ground if a black bear charges and say if the bear attacks, then fight back.”

A Maine wildlife biologist, whose job is to deal with encounters and interactions between people and wild animals says that he thinks the best thing to do is to find ways in which people can….wait for it…..here it comes….”learn to live with the bear…” or any other animal that is creating a problem.

I wrote recently about my thoughts on anyone trying to tell me to learn to live with wild animals.

Maine’s wildlife biologist suggests, instead of killing the nuisance animal: “would rather move the bear to somewhere else in the neighborhood and then “haze” it a bit, with noise, hit it with some rubber bullets, fire off some pyrotechnics and maybe even “some hound dogs barking nearby.” (Note: Authorities can legally harass and deliberately abuse a wild animal, hoping it teaches them to fear people. It is against the law for you and I to harass wildlife in this manner.)

According to the expert, relocating a wild animal, “About 50 to even 75 percent of them might die” anyways.

In Maine Government News we get a different story. Here we learn that the State of Maine has brought in the Federal Government agency APHIS (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service) who will distribute rabies bait vaccines in efforts to counter the prevalence of rabies in the Pine Tree State.

In the Release an attempt is being made to educate the public about how to deal with wildlife and especially wildlife that may be infected with rabies. The Government advises against relocating animals, even though they tell us in other media outlets that they prefer moving problem animals to other locations.

“Do not relocate wildlife because this can spread rabies into new areas.”

The last thing I need is some heavily indoctrinated totalitarian animal lover telling me to learn to live with predators and nuisance animals. If I, my family, or my property is being damaged or is in danger of harm or damage, killing the problem animal is about the only sensible solution to the problem. More than likely the reason any animal is intruding on you or your property is because there are too many of them.

Time to do a little house cleaning.

You do what you want to do to deal with such animal issues but don’t tell me I have to learn to live with it when I don’t.

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Predators: You Built it Tarzan! You Climb it!

Officials from the town of Cape Elizabeth in Maine have issued a warning to people who walk trails in the region because a couple of coyotes were spotted by a walker. Reading some of the comments left by readers underscores the ignorance of dealing with predators. It should also drive home the fact that social demands by ignorant Romance Biologists and Voodoo Scientists should not have sway over wildlife management. But, now that it has and does, they don’t know how to deal with it, they don’t understand any of it, and the best they can come up with is childish, snide comments that range anywhere from “beautiful animal” to “I’m not sure what the fuss is.” In addition, some readers scoff and ridicule the fact that, for whatever the reasons, police have to warn people to be vigilant of predators while walking in the woods (this term is used loosely). One reader wanted to know if the coyotes “behaved in an un-natural way” – as if they understand and could recognize what a coyote’s “natural” behavior would be.

With all of this brought to the forefront with media reports, the events of people regularly encountering coyotes, or any over protected large animal predator, are of their own creation and it appears those who demand protection of predators, such as coyotes, run scared when they encounter the results of their own actions and demand government do something about it. Perhaps a zoo would work better for these people.

I was asked just the other day if I thought people were as stupid as they are being treated. An example would be printing on the bottom of water bottles, “Open Other End.” Well, each of us will have to decide that for ourselves, but it did set off a period of story sharing of real life events that prove the stupidity. But, it is pointless to actually share those events because if you’re not that stupid, you already know of such events. If you are that stupid, my telling you that certainly will have no effect.

Therefore, enjoy your creation. Perhaps you can make friends with your neighborhood coyote; bring him food daily and love and cuddle the little “beautiful creature.” “He has every right to live where he wants to,” I read in another report this morning. And, not that it would matter to you, but watch out for the 50-some diseases, viruses and parasites them beautiful creatures carry and are more than willing to share.

There’s an expression that goes along with a physical display of one’s First Amendment right that says: You built it Tarzan. You climb it!

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Bear Visits Home: Obviously The Woman Failed to “Look Big”

“A resident of Stagecoach Road in Avon, Connecticut, received an unexpected visitor last week.

A black bear showed up on the woman’s back deck Wednesday morning while the homeowner was making brownies.

The woman said the bear spent about half an hour on the deck, standing up and putting its paws up on the glass sliding door leading to the kitchen.”<<<Read More>>>

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Bearing Roaming Downtown Waterville, Maine

WATERVILLE — Police have received multiple reports from people who say they have seen a bear wandering about the city.<<<Read More>>>

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“Black Bears Happen to be Very Dangerous”

““Bears come out of hibernation looking for food. This one didn’t seem too scared of any of the individuals there,” Summers said Friday, adding that the bear eventually moved on.”<<<Read More>>>

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Bear Enters House Twice Scared Off with Pots and Pans

Because there are too many hungry bears this time of year, a black bear came in through a screen door and ransacked a house while the woman owner was upstairs. The bear returned again a second time later that night and she says she scared the bear away with making noises with pots and pans.

The question is, did she look big?

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Being Green is Attracting Bears

Now it appears to have gone full circle. The greenie non thinkers have for years been preaching to people to create a useable compost pile instead of using a landfill and to even raise a few chickens of their own for health and to lessen the chances of animal abuse from caged chickens, etc.

Now that a bear has been spotted in the Sturbridge, Massachusetts area, officials are saying:

“remove all bird feeders, compost piles and chicken coops from their properties so the bear isn’t as attracted to the area.”

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California Acrobat Bear “Surprises” Residents

A bear performed a balancing act on the roof of a two-story Southern California apartment building Thursday before showing off more agility by climbing down a tree and scampering across a busy intersection to the surprise of drivers and pedestrians.

Animal services officers responded to the report of a medium-size black bear that climbed on the rooftop and balanced on wooden beams near balconies at apartments in Monrovia. Neighborhood bear visits are not uncommon in the San Gabriel Valley foothill community, where the bear was likely looking for food.<<<Read More>>>

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More “Rare” Bear Encounters, Encroaching on Humans

Here are some more of those so-called “rare” human/bear encounters that bear and predator protectors seem to want everyone to believe.

1. In Waterbury, Connecticut a young bear is spotted wandering the city. Eventually the bear climbs a tree, gets a dose of drugs and is released “somewhere else.” In this report, it at least admits that the bear population has increased adding to the number of incidents with bears.

2. Near Worcester, Mass, a bear and two cubs spotted, drugged and removed along with reports of other bear sightings lately in the same area. Officials in this report say, “bears are usually shy and won’t bother people.” Right!

3. Two bears were spotted around schools in the Leominster, Mass. area forcing kids to remain indoors. Authorities allowed the bears to “wander away.”

4. Game Wardens in Downeast Maine, at Princeton Elementary School, set a trap to catch a “nuisance” bear. Maine has seen numerous bear complaints and encounters already this spring. Not to worry though if your child is a student at Princeton Elementary because they are protected with walkie-talkies.

Children were allowed to go out for recess on Wednesday, but they were confined to the playground area, the principal said. The playground is about three-tenths of a mile from where the bear was seen, and it is located on the other side of the building. The children were monitored by school staff equipped with a walkie-talkie, she said.

“We felt they were safe,” Williams said.

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5. The Arizona Game and Fish Department explains that bear encounters are numerous and offers tips on how to “prevent” bear encounters and tips on what to do if you “encounter” a bear. And don’t forget to “look big.”

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Those “Rare” Bear Attacks and Encounters Keep Piling Up

Here we go on a Monday morning as I sort through the gobs of emails showing how it is not such a rare occurrence to be attacked by a bear as animal lovers and predator protectors want people to believe. I have claimed, and still do, that making such claims that bear attacks are rare is not only incorrect but irresponsible as well. It’s as irresponsible as telling people to take down bird feeders, lock their garbage in the garage, look big and make lot’s of noise to prevent being attacked or have encounters with bears, without telling the whole story.

While much of this advice is good, it isn’t THE answer as bears can be mighty unpredictable, especially a very hungry bear. Bears will and do readily break out car windows to get at food inside. They break down garage doors or front doors of houses, all for a good snack of something that smells good to them. Take the precautions but be aware of the fact that as safe as you might think you are, there’s still a possibility. Also, stop believing the rhetoric, designed only to protect predators, that bears are “misunderstood” and that human encounters and attacks on humans are rare. The question might be, rare as compared to what?

So here’s some links and a list to some of the bear attacks and encounters that seem to have taken place over the last few days.

1. A man in Alberta, Canada was out riding his ATV. He got stuck on a log and then attacked by a bear. He got tore up pretty badly. The first report that came out was on Saturday when not so many details were available. On Sunday, we are able to hear from the person who got attacked. Note – This is the second bear attack on humans in Alberta in a month. The first resulted in a Suncor worker getting killed.

2. In Henniker, New Hampshire, not so rare, a bear breaks into everything for food.

The bear and two cubs had been searching for food, but officials say she became aggressive and dangerous to people. This was the third year in a row the same bear returned to the area. This year, authorities say the bear grew bolder, and broke into the same house twice and also smashed the window of a mini-van.

Rare?

And here we have whining and complaining from New Hampshire officials that people won’t stop feeding bears. While their concerns are legitimate, I think it’s a bit idealistic to think, as is intimated in this article, that if people would put away their bird feeders, bar-b-cue grills, lock up their garbage, lock their doors and windows and never come out, bears wouldn’t even come around anybody’s house. How do you get it through people’s heads that when bears emerge from their dens and green-up hasn’t occurred, bears are hungry and sometimes those hungry bears are willing to do anything for food – kill you if necessary. You could sterilize a town and I’ll bet hungry bears would still come around looking for something to eat.

3. Maine is just a little bit behind the other states as bears come out of hiding and are hungry. Already Maine has recorded 44 complaints from bear problems.

What’s so rare?

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