Bear 71
January 25, 2012 6:23 PM   Subscribe

It's hard to tell where the wired world ends and the wild one begins. For years, wildlife cameras around Banff national park captured photos of animals to track their activity. One of those animals, a female grizzly identified as Bear 71, in now the subject of an NFB interactive documentary assembled from those photos.
posted by RobotHero (14 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
"is now the subject," of course.
posted by RobotHero at 6:33 PM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Interesting, interactive fiction from the NFB that turns on your webcam and allows others who are wandering through the virtual woods around Canmore, AB to watch you while you watch the bears and them as well...

Hello to the couple in decent lighting from the guy sitting mostly in the dark.
posted by Nanukthedog at 7:01 PM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Ok, I've gotten as far as the part about there not being a lot of ways for bears to die--in the wild, in the past.

Is this going to have a sad ending?

I just want to know what I'm getting into here.
posted by girandole at 7:27 PM on January 25, 2012

So I'm sitting here in my bathrobe and Queen Helene's mint julep masque with my hair tied up and I wanna watch some bears OH HELLO THERE
posted by louche mustachio at 7:27 PM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

girandole, since you asked, the ending is sad

very cool site, thanks RobotHero.
posted by sineater at 7:32 PM on January 25, 2012

reminder of how to differentiate between grizzly and black bear shit.
posted by mannequito at 7:37 PM on January 25, 2012 [3 favorites]

SPOILER FOR GIRANDOLE: Things do not end well for this bear.
posted by RobotHero at 7:42 PM on January 25, 2012

Wow, wonderful documentary with a very clever presentation. Thanks for posting!
posted by vorfeed at 7:56 PM on January 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

THAT is the interface Dwarf Fortress needs.
posted by lastobelus at 9:29 PM on January 25, 2012

Also previously which is a nice thread for people who just like looking at the animals.
posted by RobotHero at 9:50 PM on January 25, 2012

I think I've run into this bear on ChatRoulette. Well, something that hairy, anyway.
posted by dhartung at 10:02 PM on January 25, 2012

I'm officially done with cutesy, precious, "inventive" presentations of photos and video online. Just show me the pictures or video or text, in as simple a presentation as possible, and let it go.

Everybody wants to think they're doing something as inventive as, say, the Google Chrome thing that Arcade Fire did, but essentially nobody figures out a way to make it more interesting than a traditional presentation.

Also, get of my lawn.

The "Wild Year" video is much better, and quite cool.
posted by uberchet at 8:23 AM on January 26, 2012

Interesting presentation. Direct link.

"A pine needle fell in the forest.....and after the pine needle hit the ground, google made the information instantly available worldwide". Oh, how this country has changed.

I lived in the bush in the north for many years (Yukon Territory) in an isolated area. One day, a large, old, scruffy grizzly appeared outside of my cabin. It was huge!. The grizzly spent a good part of a day banging on the doors and windows of the cabin and pacing back and forth out front.

No computers, land line or cell phones then . No electricity. Only an old cb, running off a dying battery. Took me a day to get through to the Park Rangers. The next day, a large steel cage was dropped off out front of the cabin. The Ranger ‘s dumped large cans of crushed pineapple inside the cage - to allure the grizzly inside.

I heard the cage slam shut in the middle of the night. Spent the next day trying to inform the Rangers that the grizzly was caught (and it was not very happy). They flew in a helicopter, hooked up the cage and the grizzly was taken away.

I cried. The Ranger tried to console me. Told me they would drop the grizzly off on the other side of the mountain. That ‘she’ was a cranky ole thing that they had heard about for awhile - but had been unable to trap. Tried to reassure me she would be happier being away from humans.

Although I was thankful that they didn’t shoot the bear – I don’t think it was the grizzly’s well-being that I was most upset about. I think I was just overwhelmed with the amount of power we had, as humans. It didn’t feel right.

The next day, a middle aged man showed up at my door. Some fool from New York City that was determined to “walk to Alaska”. He was pale and shaking. Couldn’t get much a story out of him, except that he had run in with a grizzly. Scared the hell out of him. Showed me his hand gun and kept repeating that it wouldn’t fire when he actual needed it.

He just sat quietly on the front step for most of the day and was gone the next morning. Never heard if he made it to Alaska.
posted by what's her name at 8:33 AM on January 26, 2012 [2 favorites]

So, when will the tech world find a way to keep grain from spilling that much?
posted by RuvaBlue at 12:53 PM on January 26, 2012

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