A helicopter will also fly overhead Saturday to make certain no bears have wandered into the town site.
"About 4 p.m., we'll do a half-hour flight. We check the rocks, the willows, and areas where bears sometimes frequent around town," said [natural resources officer Andrew] Szklaruk. "Then we'll set up somewhat of a perimeter."
Patrol units on the perimeter will monitor the directions from which the bears tend to come into town. If any are sighted, they will be forced back out.
"We haze bears that come into town with trucks and cracker shells and sometimes rubber bullets. We also set up intercept traps — live holding traps that are on the outskirts of town," Szklaruk said, adding 12 bears are already in holding pens.
They will be released once the trick-or-treating is done.
While the patrol team watches for bears, the trick-or-treaters don't seem to notice, Szklaruk added.
I didn't understand it. Were you suggesting that the bear has something better to do with his time than spending it trying to hunt a creature that has more intelligence than he does?
What exactly would that be? The only thing I can think of is that the bear might spend his time more productively hunting a dumber/slower/less powerful creature. But that creature would surely be thanking you for keeping the polar bear occupied during that time.
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