By Kevin Van Tighem
Bears: with no worry
Fear of bears turns out nearly to be a part of what it truly is to be human.
Our species emerged out of the depths of time right into a international already populated via those nice carnivores.
Before we mastered iron and later constructed firearms, we had few defences opposed to bears—only watchful warning and tricky ceremonies and sacrifices to beat back fear.
Where human populations develop, bears have usually faded or disappeared. but if we go back to the wild, to areas the place bears nonetheless live on, all our primeval fears wake up again.
The probability of an vehicle coincidence that allows you to endure state a long way outstrips the chance of a close-range come across with a undergo, yet its the undergo that concerns us as we hurtle down the pavement at 100 kilometres an hour.
In this well timed and delicate ebook, Kevin Van Tighem calls on many years of expertise, wisdom and knowing to be able to enlighten readers approximately our courting with and perspective towards bears.
Along the way in which we're faced with the realities confronting those nice animals due to our ever-expanding human inhabitants and their ever-shrinking common habitat. via historic examine, box statement, sensible suggestion, own anecdotes and an array of wonderful pictures, Van Tighem has written a finished ebook that's intended to demystify bears as a way to advertise a deeper figuring out of those robust but weak creatures.
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Art and myth A twelve-foot sculpture of Old Mose, the last known grizzly from the state’s South Park area, towers over a gathering place called the Grizzly Courtyard in Alamosa, Colorado. Hunters admitted that the bear seemed more curious than aggressive when hounds finally cornered him in 1904, but the statue portrays him on his hind legs, claws extended and face distorted in a vicious growl. Grizzly bear portrayals in western art usually reflect human fears of an animal more powerful than us.
His hunting companions, concerned that the president hadn’t had much luck, ran a black bear down with hounds. After a fierce struggle during which the bear killed one of the dogs, they chained the bear to a tree for Roosevelt to shoot. Roosevelt, an ardent conservationist who believed strongly in the principles of fair chase, indignantly refused to kill the helpless animal. The Washington Post commemorated the president’s action with a cartoon by Clifford Berryman that quickly became famous as an icon for sportsmanlike restraint.
In the mythology of the Old West, all rivers were torrents, all grizzlies man-eaters, and all native people savages. The frontier ethos called for damming rivers, killing bears and subjugating “Indians”: transferring the violence of the newcomers’ own fears onto the objects of those fears. Today the marauding bear survives mostly in horror stories and B-movies like the eminently forgettable Grizzly, where a rampaging six-metre grizzly bear fights helicopters and eats pretty women. James Oliver Curwood’s frontier classic, The Grizzly King, was the basis for the 1988 movie The Bear.