Nature Notes

Vol. IX June, 1931 No. 5

Terse Comments on Bear Behavior

Ranger Carl Tice probably feels that there "oughta be a law or something" to regulate the activities of the bears at outlying Patrol Cabins. A recent visit to Indian Henry's disclosed the fact that one of these furred marauders had evidently overlooked the fact that there was no "welcome" on the door mat. Possibly the fact that over five feet of snow obscured the place where door mats are usually found had something to do with it, but anyway Bruin had been there first. The cabin was a "mess". Ranger Tice dug a deep, narrow hole in the snow and deposited the debris therein. Later the hungry beast was found -- or rather a portion of him was found -- protruding from the snow pit Carl approached with a sizeable club hoping to drive the culprit head first into China but the bear removed himself from the vicinity before Carl's muscular efforts could properly take effect.

Most of the Rangers are of the opinion, however, that if Uncle Sam is to be forced to hold open house to the bears at these outlying Patrol Cabins that they would at least spare the canned goods. Bears broke into the Boundary Creek Cabin, sampled most everything that was edible and punctured most of the canned goods with their sharp claws. There must be something to this old adage "as hungry as a bear"!

Louie Boyer has his own opinion of a bear that will break into his cabin, eat all his sugar, sample everything else and then top things off by thoroughly smashing the cook stove.

Aid it's stangely concerting to step into the kitchen in the dark, switch on the light, and see a huge black bear making himself at home with a bag of oranges in the middle of the kitchen floor. Marlowe Glenn stepped into his kitchen late one evening in that manner and we wonder who was the most surprised when the light flashed on, Marlowe or the bear.

black bear

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